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We use a variety of developmental equipment to prepare your child for a world of discovery.

Children have the right to LEARN through PLAY.


In the context of play the child learns how to
cooperate, share, be patient and disciplined. Play
stimulates the child’s thought processes, ability to
reason and develops the creative mind. When children
are exposed to a variety of apparatus and games they
discover their world as they play.


We establish a supportive and caring environment
that meets children's physical, emotional, cognitive
and social needs, helping them to regulate themselves
and develop a strong sense of self. Each child is
unique with his/her own personality, each child should
be treated as an individual and his/her social and
emotional needs cared for.
Play stimulates the child’s

thought processes, ability to reason and develops the

creative mind. When children are exposed to a variety

of apparatus and games they discover their world as  

they play.

Our developmental tools

To name a few...

Equipment

Description

Research completed at Stellenbosch University found that children loved playing on YBIKES and were content to ride their bikes around the playground for up to 15 minutes. YBIKES is therefore an effective way of promoting physically active play. This study reported that children riding YBIKES showed improvements of up to 700% in some gross motor-skills, noting the following improvements:

  • Substantial improvements in both static and dynamic balance

  • Substantial improvements in bilateral coordination

  • Observable improvements in physical self-confidence

"YBIKES qualifies as an amazingly successful development toy" - Prof. E S Bressan, Sports Science, University of Stellenbosch

Most of the 'wiring' in a child's brain takes place in the early years.

  • Connections develop more densely between brain cells in the regions of the child's brain that are used often

  • Brian cells that aren't used are pruned away over time

  • During the early years, the quality of a child's experiences shape the architecture of their brain.

Timing is important

  • Various regions of your child's brain control different areas of his development, such

  • as language, listening skills, hand-eye coordination, reasoning abilities, memory, etc.

  • Newly emerging abilities are most susceptible to the impact of stimulation when the neural circuits that control them are still young and malleable

  • Practica brings you in touch with your child's natural development by telling you which games to play as part of your daily routine to 'exercise' the many new things that your baby can do at his particular age.

  • By doing all the right things at the right time, you zoom in on all the areas during the 'sensitive periods' and maximise your child's brain development in a natural way. PET scans done on a severely neglected 3-ear old, and a 3-year old who received loving attention during the first 3 years of their life, demonstrate the physical impact of

  • age-appropriate stimulation, or the lack thereof, on the developing brain.

Children  of all ages love to play. Our PLAY information will show you how to turn this natural behaviour into powerful teaching tool. From crawling to basic mathematics,

PLAY helps children learn in a fun, exciting environment.

Wackybox works towards exposure to new and changing experiences, all of which are educational and fun. 

Fine Motor Skills:Draw, string, cut and paste! These activities focus on your child's hands and fingers!

Gross Motor Skills: Roll, sit, crawl, walk, run and jump! These activities help with your child's muscle development, which leads to better brain development.

Sensory Play: Activities to help stimulate your child's senses!

Crafts & Art: Fold, paint, stick and cut!

Emotional skills: Help your child to recognise, handle and express their emotions.

Music & Speech: Words to traditional and original songs as well as rhymes to help with your child's rhythm and musical development, which in turn helps with speech development.

Social Skills: Teach your child what is socially acceptable behaviour for their age! Know what to expect and help him prepare for the next phase of his life.

Gymnic Soffy Physio balls and medicine weighted balls are used for active sitting, gross motor development and strengthening of the most important core muscles. They are also used to promote hand-eye coordination and general fun during ball play. We use then in numerous activities allowing the muscles to actively strengthen whilst have fun.

The WePlay Squeezer are great for developing sensory perception for children. They are tactile sensory rings in 3 progressive strengths for developing sensory awareness and stimulation. Their 3 levels of resistance allow users to progressively strengthen their grip. Design specifically to provide tactile stimulation. Squeezers have soft quills that provide soothing sensory stimulation and work well to provide nerve stimulation. The Tactile Bumps improve circulation. The fun colours and smaller size make the Squeezers interesting to kids.

Variety of Oball's & sensory shapes for our babies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies learn to grasp rattles at around four months. "These abilities progress from reflexive grasping to voluntary grasp and release. Babies should be given opportunities to play with toys and food to advance their fine motor skills." says the AAP.

PlayLearnGrow & PlayLearnKnow
concepts by Dr Melody de Jager. Movement = Development
"The unfolding blueprint of each child is an active process propelled by an unseen driving force called a reflex system. The primitive reflex system uses simple movements to neurologically wire the brain, organs, senses and muscles together to communicate effectively with each other. This basic wiring occurs between conception and 14 months of age. PLAY LEARN GROW is a practical way to ensure your baby’s early years do not just slip away. The programme is packed with stimulating activities that will develop the baby or toddler’s brain optimally, in a playful way and without any undue pressure, during
the first three years."