Dorothy's House BabyCare Playmat (Medium)


Dorothy's House BabyCare Playmat (Medium)

  • item code: BC-DOROTHYSHOUSE

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You are invited to a play date at Dorothy's house! A play mat with a house design allows a child's imagination to create, explore and invent wonderful play time opportunities. This play mat is double-sided allowing for extension of play time and fun. The second side is simpler in design consisting of numbers and letters which allows for further learning and play time opportunities.

The BabyCare play mat range stimulates play time and learning for babies, toddlers and children. Their designs are vibrant in colour and therefore visually stimulating and they have educational elements (which vary from mat to mat) such as letters, words and numbers on them. These play mats are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, playrooms and outdoors.

The BabyCare play mats are made from premium double-sided PVC foam and therefore create a soft play surface for rolling, sitting, crawling, learning to walk, playing and learning, eating and even nappy changing.

This play mat is 1850mm (length) x 1250mm (width) x 11mm (thick) in size and is suitable for all ages.

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This product can assist in developing the following key skills...

This product helps to develop Sensory Skills which are key building blocks in a child’s development and influence every activity that a child does. Opportunities to engage in sensory activities help a child’s brain to process all the information it is receiving from their senses, and respond in an appropriate way. Our senses include: smell (olfactory); taste (gustatory); sound (auditory); touch (tactile); seeing (visual); movement (vestibular) and joint position / deep pressure (proprioception).

Children develop sensory skills as early as in utero and continue to refine these skills well into their childhood years. Exploration and exposure to a variety of different sensations and sensory experiences is very important for a person’s overall development.

This product can help develop Gross Motor Skills by improving co-ordination and muscle strength to assist a child with gross motor tasks such as walking, running, jumping and climbing. The large muscles of our bodies in our arms (biceps and triceps) and legs (hamstrings and quadriceps) are responsible for helping us perform these actions successfully, and therefore these muscles need to be strong. An important factor in developing gross motor skills is good postural control. A strong and stable core (stomach and back muscles) helps one achieve successful movement of the limbs.

Gross motor skills begin developing from a very early age and continue to develop all through childhood, culminating in a person being able to ride a bike without training wheels and swing themselves independently on a swing.

This product can develop a child’s Fine Motor Skills by improving the strength and co-ordination of small muscle groups to achieve a task. The small muscles around the mouth (lips, tongue etc.) are important for speech and eating, and those in a child’s hands help them to perform different grips such as tripod (the correct pencil grip) and pincer (thumb and index finger grip) to achieve tasks. Fine motor skills of the hand develop fully later on in childhood, but start with full, open hand grasping of toys as babies and culminate in a perfect tripod pencil grip when they are writing neatly at school.

Finally, scissor skills are also important fine motor skills that require the co-ordination of fingers on one hand to open and close the scissors while the other hand holds the material being cut. Using both hands together in this way to achieve a task is known as bilateral-coordination.

This product helps children develop their independence by focussing on aspects of Self Care. Getting dressed in the morning and doing up zips, buttons and laces requires good gross and fine motor skills. Brushing teeth and hair as well as toileting skills all require good body and self awareness which is promoted by encouraging self care skills.

Learning to feed oneself using cutlery (spoon, knife and fork) is a large step towards finding independence. In order to assist children to become independent, self confident little people, developing self care skills are very important.

This product can assist in developing a child’s Perceptual Skills which determine how a child’s brain receives, organises and interprets what they are seeing (visual sensory information). Perceptual skills are the ones we use for activities such as completing a puzzle and writing, as well as understanding concepts such as colour, size and number recognition.

More complex concepts such as knowing one’s left from right side of their body (right-left discrimination), being able to recognise complete objects from incomplete ones (visual closure) and remembering visual stimuli over a short and long term period (visual memory), all fall under the category of perceptual skills.

This product can facilitate the development of Cognitive Skills which include how a child’s brain develops, stores, recalls and reacts to their environment. Concentration, attention and listening skills all impact on a child’s cognitive and learning ability, and this product encourages children to develop those key areas.

Problem solving, memory skills and sequencing (the order in which things happen) of tasks are very important cognitive skills to develop as a child grows up.

  • Positions of Play - this soft play mat is a wonderful surface to promote tummy time, rolling and crawling whilst playing and learning
  • Story-telling and Early Language Skills - creating stories about the characters in Dorothy's House and what they are doing in each room of the house is a great way to promote story-telling skills
  • Visual Perception - identifying and naming colours, numbers and letters, characters, objects as well as shapes on the play mat
  • Counting - encourage early counting skills by asking the child to count various characters and objects etc on the play mat
  • Songs - "This is the way we brush our teeth..."; "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes..."

Most orders take 3-5 days to deliver and are dependent on where we are delivering to. Outlying areas can take longer than city centres. Please allow up to 10 working days for delivery.

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