Play tables for kids are a great addition to any kids' room. They help to provide the baby with the best conditions for proper development.
Advantages and disadvantages
Today there is a fairly wide variety of children's game tables. They differ primarily in their purpose. There are options that help develop a child's musical talents, logical abilities, or mechanical skills.
A good work table allows you to develop your baby comprehensively, regardless of what its main purpose is. Despite the fact that, at first glance, it may seem that the baby does not understand anything, over time he will master all the necessary skills. He will gradually repeat all the manipulations, and learn the things necessary at a more mature age.
Disadvantages can be found in those tables that are not suitable for a child by age. So, a table with an abundance of small parts will be a bad toy for a too young child who can easily swallow a small figure.
How to choose
The gaming table can be selected according to several main parameters.
Pay attention to age first. In general, game tables are suitable for 1 year olds and older. Younger children cannot handle such a complex toy. But at the age of one year, the baby will already be able to gradually take up the development of the main skills. There are also more sophisticated models for children 3 years of age and older. They focus on developing other skills.
An important role is played by the fact whether you choose a children's table for a girl or for a boy. They differ in design and often in equipment.
The easiest way to get acquainted with the features of gaming tables is the example of popular models.
Laugh and Learn
Toys from the American brand of children's goods Fisher-Price are popular not only in the USA, but also in our country. They combine good price, quality and original appearance. The Laugh and Learn table is a great example of educational toys for children of all ages.
This model looks bright and interesting. It is decorated with images of a cute puppy, which always cause pleasant emotions in children. This table model consists of several play areas. Each of them is designed to develop certain skills of the child. Therefore, the baby will be able to successfully develop both fine motor skills, ear for music, and attentiveness at the same time.
"Giraffe" by Fisher-Price
Another interesting option for tables from this brand is Giraffe. As the name implies, this gaming table is decorated with cute pictures of a giraffe. The main task of such a table is to develop the baby's coordination. On the back of this animal there is a special chute, along which the baby must lower the bright balls included in the kit.
The game panel of this table is complemented by a developing book. On the pages of this book are animals that correspond to a given African theme.
To develop your child's musical talents, you can choose a table from the Weina brand, which is equipped with a large number of buttons, by pressing which the child can create his own melodies and compositions. In addition to the musical effect, a light effect is also created, since when you press the buttons, they light up in different colors.
How to do it yourself
If the developing transforming table does not fit into your family budget, then it is quite possible to do it yourself.
The simplest option that can be reproduced in a domestic environment is a board invented by Montessori. The so-called "busi-board" is a board fixed to the wall with many different small details.
To create such an educational toy, you need a wooden board of the appropriate size. The best option is a board 40-60 centimeters wide. The base can be round or square. On such a blank, you can paint everything you need with acrylic paints.
A map of a city, a labyrinth, or other details can decorate the board. Themed stickers and other interesting details are placed in suitable places. It is advisable to apply varnish or other means for fixing the paint on top of the picture. After the varnish dries, all other parts, stickers, etc. can be attached to the surface of such a card.
A play table is the first step to your little one’s development. Choose the appropriate option, and teach your child from an early age in a pleasant playful way.