Play Ideas

Kid on his table bench: Baby Tadeus

Bench Table for kids and babies: Baby Tadeus

This beautiful bench table designed by grandpa Wiwiurka, who was inspired by his youngest grandson to create a multifunctional piece of furniture that works as a table and bench, with the innovation that once placed upside down it becomes a climbing dom where the little ones can start their first adventures. As the rest of Wiwiurka’s toys, our Ramps can also be adapted safely to the Baby Tadeus and add more challenge and fun when climbing!  Since its launching in

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An Educational Playroom, From The Experts: GrOH!

Based in Washington, DC and creating magic all over, the GrOH! team, conformed by Jodi and Anne has become a referent for incredible and imspired playrooms around the world! We had a chance to talk with them about their vision and their business – and we snagged a few decor tips for enthusiasts too! A child’s play environment affects their independence, focus, creativity, and behavior. A child’s play space should inspire them to engage, invent and expend their energy in

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Emotional regulation. What is it and what’s its benefits?

Emotional regulation is a term that is mainly heard in psychology, according to Bisquerra, it refers to the ability that we human beings have to handle emotions in an adaptive way, it involves becoming aware and having the ability to recognize our emotions, and relate them with our thoughts and behaviors that these may provoke or unleash, so we can express them in a way that’s appropriate to the situation, time, place and person. Therapist Andrea Ballesteros from @taktoplayhmo using

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The perfect play companion: Rudie Nudie playmats

Improving growth and achieving optimal development for children is a concern for many parents and educators alike, and with so many “do’s & dont’s” in parenting today… Where can we really go?  Starting from an early age with perceptual stimulations is very important, but how can we promote without overstimulating? One of the tools that we can count on, both for our homes and for schools and nurseries, are playmats.   Why? These, in addition to offering protection against falls and

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Push-and-Pull Play: the moon stroller and the wiwi-wagon.

As their name says, push-and-pull toys are meant for children to play by doing exactly those actions, but, do they have fun doing that? Why are pushing and pulling important for a child? Oh yes! They sure have fun in their early years. This type of toy builds on the skills babies and young toddlers may already have developed, such as pushing themselves up from the floor and pulling herself into a standing position. The next big milestone is walking,

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Kid playing in the triangular rope ladder

The rope-ladder triangle

The rope-ladder triangle is a must. Children naturally want to pull themselves up, climb and explore their surroundings. This impulse begins around their 8th month and continues throughout all childhood; climbing is a fundamental activity for children to develop their brain connections to their muscles and joints and, to strengthen them as they grow; it is also key for tuning and processing of sensory information. At Wiwiurka we have designed several climbing options for kids of different ages, mostly for

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The Benefits of Movement: Therapist Recommended “Power” Moves for Preschoolers

Movement is super powerful! It is an inner and innate drive, and a foundational component of how we explore our environment and orient ourselves in space. The benefits of movement are infinite. Movement helps to build postural control and develop body awareness and motor control. It also helps us to understand our relationship to others, and it influences our self-regulation, attention, and arousal. Movement opportunities and increased skills can help drive and facilitate growth and development in other developmental domains.

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day at the zoo

Today’s Play-Based Challenge: Throw a Zoo Day

Roarin’ fun! *This is a series of activities Othergoose created for us – check out the first three challenges at the bottom! Tell your child you’re going to have zoo day today! Practice making animal sounds and movements. Ask curious questions for your child to answer, e.g., “How does a crab walk? How low does a bear growl? How far can a monkey swing? How fast does a cheetah run? Does a turtle eat his lunch slowly? Does a fish blow

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activities for kids create a habitat

Lesson Plan 3: Build a Habitat

No hardhat required! *This is a series of activities Othergoose created for us – check out the first two challenges at the bottom! Encourage your child to choose a favorite stuffed animal or toy to build a habitat for kids. Explain that a habitat is simply a place to live, like a house for a child, a pond for a frog, or a den for a bear. Together, talk about what might make the best habitat, and let the architecture

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charades

Wiwiurka & OtherGoose: Lesson 2 – Charades

Today’s Play-Based Challenge: Play Classical Charades.Where music meets movement! Find Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” on Spotify or your preferred online streaming service, and play it for your child. Tell him/her that each instrument represents a different animal! There is a bird, duck, cat, wolf, a group of hunters, Peter, and his grandfather. Challenge your child with acting out his/her favorite character or instrument as the song plays along. Hint: Go ahead and join in – we guarantee it’ll make you

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