• Claudia Maciuszko

5 Brilliant Kmart Presents to Keep Your Child Learning

Is it that time of year again? Yes, yes it is. Christmas is within the blink of an eye and you probably have an ever-growing list to give to Santa of presents your kiddos would like to see under the tree. But what to choose that is fun and engaging, but also won’t drive you mad (NO recorders!) AND keeps your child learning all holiday season?

Once again we did a Kmart scope-out to find you the 5 best gift ideas for your little ones:

  1. Wooden Breakfast Puzzle

At only 8 bucks, this is golden for targeting so many language goals. Have fun practising prepositions (“put the egg ON the plate”), nouns, adjectives and verbs (“let’s cut the toast!”), engage your child in pretend play, teach yes/no (“no, the avocado doesn’t go there, it doesn’t fit!”) and transfer this activity to the kitchen where your child can get even more creative!

2. Hot Wheels Track Builder

This one is great for all the problem-solving language: “uh-oh! It’s stuck! It fell off, where did it go?” You can practise specific speech sounds every time you let the car go, as well as model verbs and adverbs (“the car is zooming fast!”). You can use it with very young children too, to build up anticipation (“ready set….go!”).

3. Cash Register

An oldie but a goodie. Who didn’t love pretending to be a cashier and saying “that will be 7 dollars thank you?” This activity helps your child to practise the back-and-forth of conversation, asking questions, greeting and farewelling, and you can also throw in some sound practise by “buying” particular items.

4. Play-Doh

True, you can make this yourself, but at just $8 from Kmart, you can save yourself the mess and grab 8 different colours and sparkles too! Play-doh is the holy grail of adjectives and verbs: squishy, smelly, soft, push, poke, roll, sticky, the list goes on. It’s also a great way for children to build their fine motor skills and is a fantastic way of practising the strategy of imitation when working with children with Autism. Play-doh is easy to separate so everyone has their own, so get copying and see if your child can in turn start copying your actions too!

5. Hungry Dino

Okay, we need at least one reward-based game don’t we? This one is ideal for speech sound practise; have a go with your sounds, then go crazy trying to snatch up the balls!

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

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