Young children don't actively set out to learn.
Instead, they plearn.
1. to learn through play
2. to acquire knowledge or a skill in a fun way
3. hands-on learning usually accompanied by laughter
4. play + learn = plearn
You won't find this word in any actual dictionary (mostly because I just made it up), yet we plearn every day.
• Singing songs in the car on the way to school — we learn vocabulary and rhyming patterns.
• Climbing the stairs — we learn number sense by counting by ones and sometimes twos.
• Taking a bath — we learn to sequence."First we turn on the water, then we...."
• A bedtime story — we learn to predict and make inferences."What do you think will happen next?"
We do these ordinary things with children every day, often without even thinking about the learning implications. One of my reasons for connecting with Fisher-Price as an ambassador is because they understand this. Their toys teach concepts and skills in a fun and entertaining way.
Perfect for toddlers, these toys are also well suited for children with developmental delays. My daughter has significant speech delays and she benefits greatly from the repetition of basic vocabulary and simple concepts.
Another valuable plearning resource can be found on the Laugh and Learn webpage. My daughter loves the digital content, in particular, the colourful games and playful webisodes. Check them out for yourself and plearn something new. :)
Disclosure: I am a Fisher-Price Mom and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.