Trying something new can be an exciting and sensitive time for children and parents alike.
Whether your little one is starting a new school, taking a new class or going to a birthday party, it's a significant transition for children that can evoke feelings of uncertainty and anxiety.
It is important to support your child’s social and emotional growth as they adjust to new routines and experience feelings of separation.
Utilizing transitional tools is an effective way to offer emotional support and security while encouraging growth and social exploration.
Transitional toys are more than just comfort objects; they are developmental tools that help children successfully adjust to new situations and routines.
WOLF + FRIENDS curated a selection of toys with Allison Klein, owner of Rose & Rex to help support these transitions:
Rose & Rex Friends Set- This dynamic duo is hand painted and palm-friendly, which makes them perfect for sneaking into a backpack or lunchbox. The bodies of these dolls are covered in chalkboard paint so you can write a motivational message or word to your child that they can revisit throughout the day.
Prism Pocket Building Set-These prism blocks are magnetic, making them ideal for on-the-go play. Building play is often an immersive and calming experience for little ones, which is why this set is a great tool to help children center themselves throughout the day. Added bonus? As children build they are developing skills like spatial awareness and problem-solving ability that will help them find success in the classroom and beyond.
Mini Fox- Sometimes your kiddo just needs a soft snuggle. Cuddly, plush items are soothing and calming to children, which makes this mini fox the perfect friend to accompany your little one. Having a familiar and comforting item accessible to your child will help them begin to mentally connect school and home and serve as a calming source.
Mice in Matchbox- Sometimes the trickiest part of adjusting to a new routine can happen at home. These mice in matchbox homes help children to make sense of bedtime and morning transitions by giving them the role of caretakers. Have your child out their mouse to bed and wake them up in the morning. As they do they will be practicing a routine and emotionally explore their own feelings.
We hope these toys and tips help your little one playfully begin a new routine with joy.