The Songbird (£10.99) is one of 21 developmental toys for baby’s first year and beyond. Developed with Dr Miriam Stoppard, the UK’s most trusted parenting expert. Each toy is designed to encourage learning through play and includes a play guide written by Dr Miriam with tips on how to play with the toy in the most beneficial way while having fun! The range includes 7 soft, 7 wooden and 7 plastic toys. The Songbird is a soft velour bird with textures and sounds to explore. The toy teaches your child all about the features of birds meaning it’s not just a play thing but is educational too. If you press the bird’s tummy it will make a chirping sound, when you shake it gently it rattles and the tail squeaks. The toy is machine washable which as a parent is fabulous news, I can count the amount of toys that Arthur has covered in drool/sick/food. You are advised to keep up a running commentary during play, I know that at 6 months old Arthur doesn’t understand what I am saying but I know that if I keep doing it, one day he will understand and be able to identify with what I am saying. Saying things like “Your songbird has a yellow beak, feathered tail and wings, eyes, orange legs and yellow feet” will help your child identify the parts of a bird and colours. The toy teaches your baby Conceptual thinking, memory, naming, manual dexterity, imagination and speech. Arthur is currently concentrating on the manual dexterity by holding the bird. He seems to like the bright colours and different noises that the bird makes.
You can see Arthur doing his best Songbird impression by clicking on the video below
At the moment the Song Bird is just like any other toy to Arthur but I hope that in the coming months and next couple of years the toy will allow Arthur to name the parts of a bird, allow him to memorise a birds features and help him to use his imagination.
Dr Miriam Stoppard will be taking part in a WebTV show on the 11th September all about how to use play to aid child development, If you would like her to answer a specific question related to this topic you can pop over there now and leave one for her. you can find the site here.