Manipulative Play and Cognitive Development

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There are several types of play, one of which is called Manipulative Play,defined by the Department of Education, Training and Employment in Australia, as the type of play that encourage children to “manipulate and explore objects, parts and materials — threading beads, doing puzzles, using construction sets.”

Manipulative play enables children to exercise control with their fingers and hands and develop eye-hand coordination, as well as improve their fine motor skills.  With Imagiplanks, you can encourage this type of play among other types of play.  When your child plays with Imagiplanks, they learn about how the world works through heavy interaction, and hands-on observation.  They will realize that things have a tendency to fall to the ground, introducing them to the concepts of gravity and laws of physics.  “If I don’t have anything holding up this piece, it will fall.”  Your child will be presented with fitting objects together, creating their original master plans and interacting with them.

Puzzle solving benefits your child’s cognitive and mind development.  Puzzle solving is something that Imagiplanks embolden within your children.  What will they be able to create by fitting different life-sized puzzles together?  Which pieces should they put together for a successful seesaw?  What is needed for a successful slide?  What can they build with wall-like pieces?  Which pieces should they use to allow movement with their creation?  What holds things together?  These are the types of questions that your children will be indirectly confronted with when playing with their Imagiplanks.  article-new-thumbnail_ds-photo_getty_article_129_227_87660354_XS

According to Piaget’s theory, Cognitive development has to do with your child’s perception of objects, pattern recognition, and memory.  Some scientists believe that they type of person that your child becomes lies solely on genetics whereas some believe that it has everything to do with environmental factors that your child is exposed to during early development.  Recent studies show- based on overwhelming results from studies and research, that it is a combination of gene activity and environmental factors that play a factor in how a person develops.  Cultivate these cognitive factors during your child’s early development and give your child the best chances at a successful and fulfilling life by giving them the right tools.

Between 8-12 months, your child will begin to think about their world reasonably instead of  behaving by chance.  They will recognize that an action produces a certain type of reaction and that objects exists, whether they can see it or not.  Playing with Imagiplanks certainly builds on this reason.  Your child will see the results of their actions, what happens when they put certain objects together and will allow them to see that there is more than one approach on doing things.  By the time your child is between 12-24 months, they will be capable of “pretend” play and this is when their creativity can really be inspired.

There are of course many theories on cognitive development and this video will show you a comparison between Piaget and Vygotsky’s theories and their main differences.  Whichever theory you decide to side with, or even if you like a little bit of both theories, your child’s development will benefit from Imagiplanks.

http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/differences-between-piaget-vygotskys-cognitive-development-theories.html

Spatial Intelligence and Creative Building

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There are many reasons why Imagiplanks excites me.  One of them is the opportunity to help develop and strengthen multiple intelligences in children, specifically their spatial intelligence.

I used to think that only certain types of people could be spatially intelligent.  Like a talent that must be born with you.  I do believe that some people are talented in some ways and have the ability to be naturally exceptional  at certain things.  Take Leonardo Da Vinci for example.  He demonstrated to be highly adept at several things.  Although you may not be the next Leonardo Da Vinci, it doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish greatness.

There is an old adage that I find rings true in every aspect of life: practice makes perfect.  A person may be born with the natural tendency to excel in certain things, but they don’t become masters of anything without dedication, hard work, and an almost obsessive persistence.  People don’t wake up and compete in the olympics.  They dedicate years, most of them starting from a very young age, perfecting, mastering their specific skill.

Team USA's youngest 2012 Olympic gold winner: Katie Ledecky

Team USA’s youngest 2012 Olympic gold winner: Katie Ledecky

Is intelligence a predetermined aspect of a human being?  Or is it something we can harness?  Can we look at the brain as a muscle, something that we are able to mold and improve?  There is strong evidence that a person’s intelligence can be improved, that a person’s IQ score can be dramatically increased.  It’s as simple as taking a Math test or a history test.  The more you study, the better the results.

You have the opportunity to nurture and develop these different types of intelligences in your children, through play.  The more you expose them to types of play that will encourage their creativity and stimulate their brain in ways that strengthen different types of abilities, the more exercise that part of their brain gets and the better it becomes.

Imagiplanks provides an excellent brain exercise for your children while providing them the freedom to explore, create, and build.  Working with their hands to move and transform the pieces introduces them to fundamental laws of physics and teaches them about the world, the way a book can’t teach them the subtle yet immense power of gravity.

Below is a chart of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences proposed by Howard Gardner.

Notice that at the very least, interacting with Imagiplanks highlights the Visual/spatial, Naturalistic, and Kinaesthetic intelligences.  While playing outside with Imagiplanks, your child can safely experience and enhance these intelligences.  They are simultaneously learning about their natural world, about seasons and changes as time progresses during the day while designing and shaping their own toy creations and creating muscle memory and body coordination to execute their visions.  They will feel a sense of power and accomplishment in creating something out of nothing.  They will learn to adapt to their needs, to improvise and provide solutions based on what they decide they would like to play next.  Through play, you are helping your child unlock their full potential.

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As a parent, your role in your child’s development is significant.  Think of how your involvement can positively impact these early years.  They somehow manage to grow up so fast.  The time you have with them is very brief.  Enjoy your children.  Spend time to play with them.  Watch them grow with pride.

Watch the following video for some ideas on how you can spend more time with your children.