How manipulative play benefits babies

Development Matters 2012 (guidance material supporting practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS) recommends the use of resources that stimulate babies to handle and manipulate things. We all know that manipulative toys create a world of opportunities for children to explore. Well-placed wall panels in accessible areas will quickly encourage even the youngest explorer how to push, pull, press, twist and turn. Make the most of available space by utilising lower wall areas, ensuring resources are at a suitable height for children to reach. You can observe how children learn by looking at their levels of involvement, their focus and their curiosity. Do children persist until they have achieved what they set out to do? Do they like a challenge? Do they show satisfaction when they have achieved what they set out to do?