Toddlers are attracted to anything that rolls or moves by itself. Before they are able to crawl, they often follow objects with their eyes and these objects intrigue them. These rolling objects then become more interesting as they start crawling and walking. Children love them!
What is a rolling object?
A rolling object includes anything that has wheels, such as toy vehicles (cars, trucks, trains, buses) and also anything that children can ride on (bicycles, scooters). There are also other smooth, round objects that can roll (balls, lids, hoops, strollers, packing rolls...).
Benefits of Rolling Objects
Playing with rolling objects offers the child multiple and complementary learning opportunities such as:
1. Developing Motor Skills
The objects help the child develop fine motor skills, for example, when they move small toy vehicles with the hand. Global motricity is encouraged by the movement of large toys and the use of locomotion means (knowing how to move forward, backward, slow down, accelerate, push, pull ...). Also, playing with rolling objects allows to coordinate vision and action, evaluate distances, anticipate the act of slowing down or accelerating, maintain balance while moving, dissociate the movements of the upper and lower body.
Children make up stories and use their imagination. For example, with small cars, as they grow older, they become more and more interested in the details that distinguish different worlds. These themes either drive the children to isolate themselves as they play independently with their imagination, or give them the need to find game partners to develop a common scenario. For older children of about 3 years old, setting up the scenery is part of the game and some will have, in addition to figurines, the idea of including other shapes like blocks of cubes to complete the scene that they have in mind.
3. Discovering the World
Rolling objects are interesting for children because they allow them to understand basic concepts such as movement, collision, or the relationship between the pressure of the object and its movement. The child acts on these objects and performs experiments that allow him to understand these notions.
4. Spatial Locating
Space is also invested, because when he drives a car around for example, he explores space, corners, nooks, etc.
Rolling Objects at La Petite Crèche
At La Petite Crèche, we offer children these rolling toys as learning tools for them to benefit from!
- The different cars and buses of various sizes with different supports to make them roll (cardboard, sensory mats, tables ...)
- Objects to be pulled
- The train and its rails
- Outdoor vehicles (trucks, bicycles, scooters) on which they can ride to get around.
- Strollers for dolls
- Hoops and rings of different sizes
- Various balls
- A box of corks and lids of all kinds
To conclude, rolling objects are great learning tools for children to experiment with at playtime. The bonus is, they would definitely enjoy them too!