Do you know your child's learning style?
If your kid learns best by doing, let her get creative with Lattoo Dough, her new favourite play clay
People have different styles of learning which can be understood by their strengths and preferences. Some people have the memory of an elephant when they read something, but it goes down to goldfish territory when they have to recall what they’ve heard. Others can show you how to change a tire – until you ask them to actually explain it.
The VARK model of learning styles breaks down the different ways in which we process information: visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinaesthetic. Visual and auditory learners tend to retain information from pictures and sounds respectively, while kinaesthetic learners learn by doing.
So the next time you catch your kid squishing their fingers through mud or paint, take comfort in the fact that they’re not just going out of their way to ruin their clothes. They are, in fact, learning through sensory methods, using their sense of touch, smell and vision.
Studies show that most people learn using two or three types of processing pathways. Children in their early years are still developing and demonstrating their preferred learning styles, and typically from a young age, they get stimulated by flash cards and picture books, read alphabets, and listen to rhymes. While these are all valuable learning tools, kinaesthetic learning often takes a backseat.
That’s where Lattooland dough comes in, to provide your child with a sensory experience that boosts brain development through kinaesthetic learning. Sensory play is important to develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills and regulate emotions. And multi-sensory play – engaging multiple senses at a time – builds nerve connections in young brains that contribute to them taking on more complex learning later in life.
The benefits of sensory play go beyond cognitive development. Skills like spatial sense, body awareness, and emotional management are all in practice when your child plays with colourful dough. Rolling and squeezing builds muscles and mobility in little hands, and has all the soothing effects that a stress ball does for adults. You’ll enjoy playing with this mess-free (and screen-free) play just as much as the kids.
The budding engineer, athlete, or artist inside your child needs to do something more hands-on. Lattooland’s colourful clay is the perfect toy for kids of all ages – including the experimental ones that insist on chewing on everything from their own blanket to the dog’s biscuits. The clay is sustainable, non-toxic and made only with food-grade ingredients, without any artificial preservatives. Lattooland dough is a taste-safe toy, allowing little ones to incorporate multi-sensory experience into their playtime.
Kids can squish, smell, smush, and twist this clay for hours at a stretch. Don’t worry, it still doesn’t dry up or lose its soft, pliable texture. If your child can dream it, they can mold it in clay.
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The pack comes with bright blue, red, and yellow, so you can mix and match the primary colours. There’s also a wooden stamp of Oggy the Octopus, a friendly mascot that your kids will love. Get the Lattoland dough kit here, along with a goodie box of educational toys, games, and books specially curated for children aged 2-6. Visit www.lattooland.com