Social and Emotional Development
7th Sep 2018

Social and Emotional Development

Children start to develop social and emotional skills from birth. They learn how to interact with others but also how to manage their own emotions. Reaching these milestones is essential for their future relationships with others, their sense of self and also their mental health.

Babies start by recognising their parents' voices and faces. They can interact with themselves in a mirror. When they reach toddler years, they develop more of a sense of what they like and don't like. Sharing is a skill they are working on. ‘Tantrums' can start to be an issue. And the word ‘No' becomes a repeat word in their vocabulary! Three and four-year olds begin to play with other children instead of just ‘beside' them. They devise games to play with friends and start to enjoy sharing (mostly). Children love to copy adults and pretend to carry out everyday activities such as cooking, cleaning, going to work, and caring for others. Friendships are becoming more important when children reach preschool and the first year of school and they have a better regulation of their own emotions and understanding of appropriate behaviour.

DOLL PLAY

Often a doll is a child's first best friend. Doll play is a great way for young children to develop social skills and to practice self-care skills like dressing, feeding and bathing. They learn empathy and can role play emotions. Doll play has benefits for young children but it also helps children as they get older – boys and girls!

Kidstuff has a great range of Our Generation dolls and accessories with more arriving every week! See our full range  here:

OUR GENERATION

IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT RETRO CRUISER

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OUR GENERATION

ICE CREAM TRUCK - PINK

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OUR GENERATION

TUMBLE AND SPIN LAUNDRY SET

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OUR GENERATION

GOING MY WAY DOLL CARRIER

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OUR GENERATION

THOROUGHBRED HORSE

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IT'S MORE FUN WITH FRIENDS

Toys that get your children playing together!

 

FOR AGES 18+ MONTHS

B. FUN-O-TUNNEL

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Crawl and giggle through the colourful tunnel.

  • Sets up in seconds for indoor or outdoor fun.
  • The perfect addition to the Great OutS'mores Tent.
  • Lightweight, easy to bring and set up anywhere.
  • Builds gross motor skills and encourages problem solving.
  • Durable, easy to clean fabric.

FOR AGES 18+ MONTHS

The GREAT OUTS'MORES TENT

$29.99

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A perfect hideaway where lil' ones can relax and read…And maybe catch some zzzzs.

  • Sets up in minutes
  • Lightweight, easy to bring and set up anywhere.
  • Compatible with Fun'o Tunnel.
  • Easy to clean fabric with UV protection built-in (UPF 50) and water-resistant floor.
  • 127cm x 127cm x 111.76cm

FOR AGES 3+ YEARS

B. KID CENTURY TABLE AND CHAIRS

$169.99

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This functional kid-sized furniture set creates the perfect little space to do and discover, make and master, work and wonder! Sized perfectly for toddlers or kids a little older, there's so much you can do with this kids table and chairs for two! Snack time or tea time, crafts and creations, just use your imagination! With gorgeous colours, sleek lines and its chic design, this set will look good in any playroom, as well as in your hip living room! Cleaning's also easy peasy. Just wipe with a damp cloth after you expressed your creativity.

FOR AGES 3+ YEARS

LEARNING RESOURCES-SOFT FOAM EMOJI CUBES?

$19.99

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These famous faces hopped right off the screen and into real life! Smile, frown, and feel every emotion in between with these Soft Foam Emoji Cubes from Learning Resources. Based on the imagery of the popular mobile communication icons, this set of dice-style cubes comes with two cubes adorned with 12 different faces meant to represent common feelings and emotions, and two cubes filled with prompts and questions designed to get kids talking. These cubes offer plenty of opportunities for fundamental social learning. Have kids roll the question cubes and answer the resulting prompt or let them roll the emoji cubes and discuss the feelings and emotions behind the faces that come up. The Soft Foam Emoji Cubes are also great for language and vocabulary lessons and can help kids expand the ways in which they think about and communicate their inner feelings. Made of easy-to-clean soft foam.

FOR AGES 8+ YEARS

MILTON BRADLEY-GAME OF LIFE

$39.99

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Spin the wheel of fate and take a drive along the twisting roads families have enjoyed for more than 40 years! Do good deeds as you go through the game to earn Life Tiles and more money down the road! For 2 to 6 players.