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  1. Bilibo_KidsWe translated this article because it pretty much sums up the Bilibo and our immense love for it.

    I had bought a red bilibo for my now 9 year old son when he turned 1. Other then his cars (which he absolutely never left the house without) the Bilibo is the last toy standing of his & is still being used till today - as a lego sorter, seat, pool bucket etc .. I can't stress enough how great the Bilibo is.

    https://www.babilou.fr/petite-enfance/paroles-de-pro/78-3-bonnes-raisons-d-avoir-un-bilibo-a-la-maison.html



    "A brightly colored plastic shell pierced with two holes, the Bilibo is a multi-age toy that transforms according to the wishes of children. Its simplicity offers a multitude of possibilities, limited only by the overflowing imagination of toddlers! Discover the educational interests of this toy, tested and approved by Babilou crèches!

    Promote overall motor skills
     
    The Bilibo is above all an object of motricity which allows the children of multiple motor experiences.
    Its particular shape allows it to become both a spinning top, a seat, a swing ... Children can settle in to rock quietly, turn on themselves, swing, experience imbalances ...
     
    Once returned, the Bilibo is transformed and offers new possibilities: it allows children to climb, climb, take support. It becomes a mountain to climb, a bridge to cross, a walk to rise ...
     
    It is through movement, action, senses, that the child becomes aware of the capabilities of his body and apprehends the world.
     
     
    Develop the imagination and encourage creativity
     
    According to the imagination of the children, the Bilibo becomes an accessory to hide, a helmet to play the fireman, a cradle to sleep his dolls, a skate park for small cars ...
     
    No specific rules: this fun object allows children to imagine their own games by expressing all their creativity! And growing up, the children do not get tired: the Bilibo becomes what the child imagines and all the scenarios of games are then possible.
     
     
    Discover the transfer games
     
    The Bilibo is also a container that allows children to discover the decanting games.
     
    The child can fill and empty the Bilibo, transfer material: he thus experiences the emptiness and the full and builds his physical and mathematical thought.
     
    The child sometimes also uses his own body (by settling in the Bilibo for example) to experiment the notions of inside / outside.
     
    From 2 years and for a long time as the possibilities of experimentation are varied!"

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  2. Play Matters

    Posted on 9:08pm Sunday 27th Nov 2016

    Exclusively written for us Fit Malta Mums, Alexia from Kekstor. writes a piece on why PLAY MATTERS ….

    “Here’s to the kids who are different,

    Kids with a mischievous streak,

    For when they have grown,

    As history has shown,

    It’s their difference that makes them unique.” 

    Digby Wolfe

    When a child is born, its parents will have hopes and dreams for their child. They set targets and compare notes with milestone charts, they push and try their best to teach their child to reach those limits within a recommended time frame or faster. The pride one feels when they learn something new, like crawling at 4 months or so, walking before their first birthday and so on …  The thing with these milestones is they are just that, a guideline. However, the need for the child to reach them is so strong that parents sometimes forget that they should let the child progress at its own pace.

    Another thing about these specific milestones is that they seem to end by the time the child is 4/5 years old. What is a parent supposed to do then?

    So we fill our days with extracurricular activities, by no means a bad thing. We parents end up exhausted from driving around from one place to another and the child gets tired and confused because of the pressure of time constraints and the constant rush, leaving no time at all for relaxation and plain and simple PLAY. Change the scene every so often, take them for a run to Buskett or another park for some fresh air and open space and let them create their own adventure even if they simply run around – let them be free.

    We tend to underestimate the power of FREE time. Time to just be; to run around, laugh and be present in a non-structured environment.

    We also tend to underestimate the power of open-ended play. When buying a toy for a child, I often hear questions such as: “What’s educational about this?” or “How many letters of the alphabet will they learn with this, and does it come in a different language too?”  Open-ended toys are often disregarded as they come across as being too simple and would not help to reach that milestone quicker.

    I beg to differ. Give your child a cardboard box and he could be entertained for hours. Add a toilet paper roll and you’ve given him a telescope for his ship. Give him a paper plate and he’s now in motion. There are no buttons to push, no sounds to hear and, best of all, no instructions.

    Open-ended play allows children to express themselves in play freely and creatively. There are no rules to follow, no expectations, no specific problems to solve and no pressure to produce a finished product. The benefits are countless; heightened imagination, problem-solving and self-regulation just to name a few.

    In other words, play matters, let the children PLAY!

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