Best toy: Edx Education
Edx Education has been designing and producing innovative educational products and materials for over 30 years and their Rainbow Pebbles are one of the best-selling educational toy brand on Amazon for encouraging creativity & STEAM learning. Edx Education is passionate about the learning through play movement, which has long been recognised as a highly successful method of teaching in early years education both in the classroom and at home. Not only is it fun and engaging, but is also a tactile and visual form of learning to fuel children’s mental growth by aiding concentration.
Studies have shown that children who have been taught through play-based learning have a more positive attitude towards learning. They have a wider vocabulary and advanced problem solving, lateral thinking and analytical skills compared with children who have been taught in traditional direct-instruction approaches.
The extensive Edx Education product range aims to support parents and educators in all aspects of play-based learning. One of their best-selling toys are the ‘Rainbow Pebbles,’ which consists of a collection of brightly coloured ‘pebbles’ in various shapes and sizes. The seemingly simple Rainbow Pebbles are a flexible, open- ended toy that can actually develop a child’s depth of knowledge through creative play. The pebbles take up very little space and can be used for a wide range of activities that can be tailored to varying age groups (from 18m).
Ideal for developing fine motor skills which are essential for learning to write, the Rainbow Pebbles encourage a child’s counting, sorting and creative abilities. By stacking the 36 tactile pebbles and arranging them to make fun designs, children can cultivate their foundation skills in design thinking, problem solving and critical assessment.
An ‘eco’ version of the Rainbow Pebbles is also available, made using rice husks which produces minimal emissions, saves energy and water usage during manufacturing, decomposes naturally and is fully recyclable.
It may be child’s play, but Rainbow Pebbles can have a ripple effect on young imaginations.