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Toddlers Need Practice, Practice and more Practice!


Toddlers learn through play, with the repeated investigation and exploration of age appropriate toys, tools and materials. Upon using a new toy for the first time, a toddler may observe it and touch it, but may not know what to really do with it or how to use it. However, over time and with repeated opportunities for practice a toddler will discover many ways to play with their toy(s).

While it may seem boring and tediously repetitious to adults, the best way for toddlers to learn is through meaningful life experiences that offer the opportunity for repeated practice with the same toys, materials and tools. Adults often feel pressured to give toddlers new things to play with. Meanwhile, toddlers truly benefit from repeated practice with toys they have already used many times. Once a certain toy, tool or material is mastered, then it makes sense to introduce some new toys into the toddler’s environment.

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Nikki is the owner/director of Seasons Family Centre. She completed a diploma in photography at Fanshawe College, followed by a degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after she finished a post-graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Over the next few years she extended her education through various courses in psychology, counselling and play therapy at George Brown College, Hincks Delcrest and Cross Country Education. For the past several years Nikki has been running art programs all across the city of Toronto at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes. She also runs play therapy groups at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices as well as private art therapy sessions. Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program.

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