Unity in diversity: How do we teach kids to appreciate differences around them?

Unity in diversity: How do we teach kids to appreciate differences around them?

Books, toys, travel, and celebrations— everything counts!
August 12, 2022 — Shumee Toys
Why is puppet play important in early learning?

Why is puppet play important in early learning?

Get comfortable using puppets and find out how you can use them to play with and teach your little one.
March 23, 2021 — Soumya John
Designing play at home: Tips from an early years educator

Designing play at home: Tips from an early years educator

Ashrita Johnson is a passionate teacher, described by her six-year-old students as 'creative' and 'amazing', which she takes as the highest compliment. She is always designing play experiences at home...
February 25, 2021 — shumee toys
What Did India’s Playscape Look Like in 2020?

What Did India’s Playscape Look Like in 2020?

In what ways has the pandemic changed the playtime habits of Indian parents and kids? How did kids have fun during a year spent mostly indoors? We dived into our data to find out.
December 31, 2020 — Gowri Kishore
How often should you buy new toys for your child?

How often should you buy new toys for your child?

A simple way to find out how many toys your child needs and how often to buy new toys.

Check out our range of open-ended toys designed by experts to meet your child's developmental needs.

Is it time to introduce your preschooler to sports?

Is it time to introduce your preschooler to sports?

Help your child find the best way to move their body and stay healthy!
November 09, 2020 — Soumya John
Free play — why is it the best way for kids to learn and grow?

Free play — why is it the best way for kids to learn and grow?

Ditch the complex toys. Your child needs more unstructured play!

October 27, 2020 — Shumee Toys
Pikler Triangle: What is it and why do kids love it?

Pikler Triangle: What is it and why do kids love it?

A simple wooden structure with so much to offer children in terms of mental, physical, and social growth!
October 20, 2020 — Soumya John
Why less screen is more fun and how to have unplugged childhoods

Why less screen is more fun and how to have unplugged childhoods

Why is digital detox important for kids

Internet Addiction Syndrome is a well-recognized and documented issue that plagues everyone and the younger you are, the easier it is to be mesmerized by digital screens. Late night screen usage can affect sleep hormones, and lack of sleep, in turn, can affect the day after at school, at play and studies. There is also the issue of low self-esteem that social media has been linked to in older children and even adults.

December 16, 2019 — Shumee Toys
How to raise kids who find joy in what they do - lifelong!

How to raise kids who find joy in what they do - lifelong!

Embrace and accept your child – Each child is different. They grow at a different pace. They like and love different things. They have personalities of their own.  Some bloom in the limelight and can perform nursery rhymes at the drop of a hat to an attentive audience, while others wilt under public glare and find it hard to get a word out. It does not make one smarter than the other. Accept your child for who they are in totality. Let them discover themselves.

 

October 29, 2019 — Suchismita Pai
Fantasy and pretend play. Encourage kids to explore and discover more

Fantasy and pretend play. Encourage kids to explore and discover more

What is fantasy play?

Also known as pretend play, fantasy play ranges from talking to dolls, pretending to cook, playing teacher, and having imaginary friends. Children may offer to serve you a favorite food; they may invite you to a tea party. They may tell you that their bear is hurt or that they saved their doll from a dragon. Fantasy play is a highly rewarding activity that enriches children and enables various skills.

Why do children indulge in fantasy play?

Children can indulge in pretend play to alleviate boredom, to sample the adult world (This injection might hurt you a little dolly, but it is for your good), or even to voice their fears. They are not very conversant with adult methods of communication and may express themselves through fantasy play. This dragon is breathing fire and trying to destroy the castle may mean they are dealing with some troubling situation. The reassurance for the injection that will hurt is likely their way of dealing with unpleasant experiences like a visit to the doctor.

July 29, 2019 — Suchismita Pai
What can you do for fun with kids on rainy days?

What can you do for fun with kids on rainy days?

Family fun is always in season, and monsoons are a perfect time like every other time. Here are some rainy day activities for you and the kids. Your little ones can play in a tent you pitch and pretend it’s the outside. Get out their blocks and construction sets and let them get creative. Take out those beloved books and let imagination cloud reality.

June 24, 2019 — Shumee Toys