Remember that Lite Brite you had as a child? Well, they’re back and maybe not better than ever, but still a great educational gift for your little one. How so? Well, let’s see:
Fine Motor Skills: Pushing those little pegs into the board can be tough for little hands, but in a good way. Focusing on the pincher grip, this toy strengthens your preschooler’s small muscles needed for writing, grasping small objects and fastening clothing.
Letter Recognition: Lite Brites also help your child with the alphabet; particularly capital letters. It’s important for the child to know various letters as the letters correspond to the colored pegs. Putting the pegs in the wrong order will immediately show the child that a mistake has been made in the pattern and to try again.
Creativity: Without using the predesigned templates, your preschooler will delight in making his/her own unique picture.
Shapes: Again, without using the templates, you can show your child how to make geometric shapes.
The possibilities are endless. I’m glad my son’s preschool teachers suggested this gift to us. They also suggested going to the library and exploring space/planet books, as children this age are really interested in the solar system and stars.
What will you get your preschooler for Christmas? Any other great gift ideas?