Manipulative Play and Cognitive Development


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.

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