Play Shifu Augmented Reality – educational game for early child development?

What is Play Shifu?

It is an educational game based on augmented reality that aids the kids learning to a whole new level with interactive play mode.  It teaches kids object labeling or naming a item, its meaning, spelling and pronunciation. It puts key focus on a child’s cognitive and imagination skills by providing real world knowledge.

Play Shifu Augmented Reality Games

Play Shifu Augmented Reality Games

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Importance of Unstructured Play for toddlers

Unstructured play is a category of play where children are allowed to engage in open ended or free play without any constructive objective. Basically the result of such play may not have a concrete result but can play an important role in their mental and physical development.

The key is to allow children choose what and how they want to play and when they want to stop and do another activity. It involves no goals or curriculum set by an adult. While an adult may provide the space and materials to play, the child is the leader and we take cues from them.

It’s important to have a curriculum and follow a routine but equally crucial to let toddlers play alone to help them develop crucial skills which are linked to higher academic achievement and well-being. Toddlers learn a great deal by exploring the inside and outside world, of course under our supervision. Just like adults, they can learn more about the world and how it works in a practical way.

It’s one thing to see an apple, but another to hold it in your hand, feel its glistening cool, smooth skin, smell its fragrance or maybe even taste it.  This kind of development is all the better if you ask questions: What color is it? Is it big or small? Sweet or bitter?

Benefits of Free/Unstructured Play
  1. Learn to explore and discover their surrounding
  2. Use their imagination to play with materials they find
  3. Builds creativity and come up with new ideas
  4. Important for emotional and cognitive development
  5. Develop motor planning skills
  6. Learn to socialize and collaborative play skills like – peer interaction, sharing, taking turns etc
  7. Express their emotions and understand their and others feelings
  8. Problem solving skills and learn to be independent
  9. Develop communication and language skills
  10. Provides opportunities for children to discover their interests and skills!

It’s important to note that unstructured play must be free of gadgets and electronics. Watching Tv or sitting and playing games on the computer isn’t free play.

Check out this article for idea on unstructured play – Unstructured playtime ideas to get the kids outside

It’s a great idea to head out to the park or have some fun free play time at home.  Let them go wild and explore. You can incorporate some learning as an outcome too. It’s a great way to work on their motor skills like kicking a ball, running, climbing up and down the stairs. Besides it boosts their sense of confidence and competence. In other words, they begin to think: “I can do it!”. Plus you get a tired kid by the end of the day!

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As I mentioned, a balance is really important between structured & unstructured play. You can read views of Shalu Rathod on Structured Play (Click for direct link)

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Why I chose to send my 2 year old to a Montessori preschool?

I have been homeschooling my daughter since she was 14-15 months old.

We have done several activities together to develop her cognitive, language and gross motor skills. I have loved and followed the concept of Montessori Principles and I have seen how well Kenisha picked up and has always amazed me with how well she could complete or understand an activity set for her. Following the child is a beautiful and effective way.

Many of you asked me why I decided to stop homeschooling and send her to a Montessori Preschool?

The answer is – I am not really going to stop homeschooling but I am adding a curriculum to her day.  We shall continue with our learning and development too.

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JS Puzzles free jigsaw puzzle website – Review

Authors Note: This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links.

I always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles as I found them very competitive and super engaging! But who has time to buy, sit and play in today fast tech world. Gone are those days!

I just came across this amazing website which is a free jigsaw puzzles website, fun and safe for all ages.  It’s a perfect fun way to enjoy a break from work while keeping your brains totally kicking some thought process.

About JS Puzzles  –  The website offers a new jigsaw puzzle every day! If you subscribe you receive t free unique puzzles in your inbox every morning! They post a new puzzle everyday and have a wide variety of themes available – Nature, Places, Animals, Scenery and more!


jspuzzles free jigsaw puzzle online

jspuzzles free jigsaw puzzle online

Why JS Puzzles?

This user friendly website allows you to actually create own puzzle. Here is what you can choose to make this customsied for you!

  1. Choose a theme – there are so many to suit your mood.
  2. Number of puzzle pieces – great from a completive fun
  3. Size of puzzles from small or large – suitable for all age groups
  4. Shape of puzzle pieces which can make it simple or complex can beat the best time listes
  5. Finally you can time yourself and see if y

Being age appropriate these are great for younger kids too who can operate a computer or a tab.  Since my girl is just two we sat together and she loved it as I put this Lion puzzle together. I tried to enagage her as much as possible!


jspuzzles free jigsaw puzzle online

As a homeschooling mom I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of puzzles for young children. From fine motor skills to mental development, puzzles help us to understand space and the concept that everything has its place.

As we know jigsaw puzzles are perfect for memory building and also enhance problem solving skills. The only completion is time! How quickly can you solve a puzzle? It teaches you patience and and perseverance in the face of difficulty. And this one is perfect for all the adults to try.

I find myself reaching out to this  to clear of my mind and take a break. Do give it a try and am sure your whole family can enjoy it!

Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are of my own.

Kids need dirt to be healthy

Dirt is NOT Dirty!

As parents, we understandably cringe when we see our child plunging into the dirt. It means a whole lot of cleanup, which is obviously just not fun. But did you know, that allowing kids to let loose and get dirty is actually very important to their development and their health.

Many of my friends and relatives suggested me to keep my dogs away for an year, sanitize my house or else Kenisha might pick up allergies. But, little do they know it’s the other way round.

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