Readiness for Kindergarten – Hearts & Other Parts, Part 3

I’m not sure what it is with all the 3’s but today’s post is  3 suggestions for toys when it comes to learning about hearts and other body parts.
Kids learn through play and a doctor kit stimulates all kinds of learning. In addition to some specific words for different body parts, there’s lots of talking and using language, taking turns, exploring cause and effect, role playing, problem solving and taking care of the body. As little ones pretend, they are stretching their imaginations and making lots of brain connections.
Puzzles are another great toy. They are available in just a few big pieces for little ones or many small pieces for children who love to do puzzles. They stimulate visual and tactile skills as kids play and learn with body puzzles and encourage both attention to details and attention span. Putting in the last piece is a special feeling of accomplishment. (Thanks to Raising a Happy Child at Mouse Learns, Mouse Grows blogspot.)

Magnetic dress-up dolls are not just for girls. Kits are available for boys, too, with a boy soccer player and a firefighter . As with a doctor kit, these encourage language and imagination and fine muscle coordination.

Children learn through play. While having fun with these and other toys, kids are developing more than kindergarten readiness. What are some other ways to learn about hearts and other parts?

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