Dusty the Dog and Friends

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Key Developmental Benefits

  • Encouraging learning about thoughts, emotions and what we do (behaviours)
  • Imaginative play
  • Language aquistion
  • Understanding cause & effect
  • Developing social & emotional awareness
  • Learning about sound & movement through routine and repetition

Reading to children at the end of the days challenges the best of tired parents, often leaving us feeling frustrated and guilty. Dusty the Dog and Friends short stories contain a structure within the story that encouages empathy and learning for both child and parent. You will notice many 'Wh....' questions scattered throughout the story line, these enable us to develope a reciprocal relationship between story listener and reader.

  • Dusty the Dog and Friends stories promote joint reading sessions which provide a context for your child or children to:
  • extend their vocabulary
  • learn how to label objects
  • Aquire knowledge about sentence structure
  • Experience a shared social and emotional activity from reading with their parents

You as parents can read Dusty the Dog and Friends stories in the comfort of knowing that you are supporting your child or children with minimum effort from you at the end of the day!

Hide and Seek: a game that can help your child develop language, reasoning and spatial awareness!

How? you may ask, well there is a feature of ‘perception’ known as size constancy and although present at birth it’s development is dependent upon learning and familiarization. As adults we are aware if something exists even when we can no longer see it, and our awareness of the surroundings that we are in (spatial awareness) encourage us to explore. This knowledge of ‘permanent existence’ even when out of view (your hiding behind a tree!) and development of identity is the foundation for mental activities such as planning and prediction.

Try to think about Hide and Seek being an extension of ‘peek a boo’ when your child was a baby and we can see how social relationships develop from imitation and repetitive learning. As your child’s ability to form memories of the object or person develops they are able to recognise ‘it’s’ position in respect to their self (egocentric) or another object or person (allocentric). At about 9 months of age the memory for a ‘new’ hiding place is short approximately 5 seconds, before it is replaced by an older more established memory. This time delay increases with age and encourages the developmental areas of thinking and reason, i.e. using memories of the past to influence or guide actions in the present.
At about the age of 2 years thought (memory) and language merge also guiding the child’s actions and thinking, now the language that accompanied the social interaction is internalised providing meaning.

So, in Hide and Seek words like ‘closer’, ‘nearer’ and ‘farther’ away are descriptions of how far away the object or person they are seeking is, similarly ‘hotter’ when close, and ‘colder’ when further away teaches the concept of distance.

So where did it start?

In 200 AD the Greek writer Julius Pollux described possibly the earliest known example of a game called ‘apodidraskinda’ or as we know it Hide and Seek. Also a painting was found in Herculaneum at about the same time recording a pictorial image of ‘Hide and Seek’.

Future benefits

In 2013 new research reported by Rose Eveleth from the Smithsonian Institute indicated the positive outcome of ‘empathic’ knowledge (experienced by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes) by switching perspectives (position). It was noted that adults who had switched perspectives (positions) were much more likely to problem solve inconsistencies that those that did not.

Switching perspectives makes us more perceptive!
Ebook - Daisy goes to School
Daisy goes to School

Join Daisy on her first day at school with some of her woodland friends, can you guess what she learns?
Ebook - Dusty goes to the SeaSide
Dusty goes to the SeaSide

Dusty goes to the seaside and meets some old friends Crabby and Lobby, join Dusty and see what happens.

Dusty goes to Australia, Play Hide and Seek & Colouring Book - coming soon

Dusty goes to Australia - Join Dusty and Ginger with their cousin Snuggles and a group of new friends including Hatty the Huntsman and Kylie the Koala.

Play Hide and Seek - Join Dusty and Ginger with Spikey Junior before breakfast and find out what Spikey Juniors surprise is!

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