As every teacher knows, Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an integral part of the physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development of a child. Occurring from the prenatal stage to about age eight, this is the time when babies and young children really start bonding with parents and learning about the world around them; two milestones that are critical to a child’s brain development.
One crucial aspect of this time in a child’s life, especially for young students in a 21st-century classroom, is what the National Education Association (NEA) has named the “Four Cs.” After much debate and discussion, these “Cs”—critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity—are the top four 21st-century classroom skills that experts have deemed to be most important to a child’s education.

Knowing this, we at Miniland Education have developed a collection of educational toys that teach young learners about the “Four Cs” and enhance their 21st-century skills development in a fun, lighthearted way. Find out how these educational toys work, and what they do for you child’s physical and mental development, below:

Mindful Kids

Mindfulness isn’t just an adult exercise; kids need to practice it, too. Mindful Kids is filled with 36 different activities designed to teach young learners about conscious breathing, muscle relaxation, yoga, meditation and self awareness. Interchangeable discs and a giant spinning top surprise kids with different games and activities designed to improve creativity. On top of that, every game centers around nature, culture, animals, habits and everyday childhood situations.

Mindful Kids

ABC Monster

This spelling game encourages cooperation! Kids can point, throw and form words as they feed a “monster” with letters. Once inside the monster’s mouth, the letters slide through a channel and arrange themselves in an orderly fashion to form the words the child intended to spell.

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Dictate & Shape

This visual dictation game is a lesson in active listening, mental agility and critical thinking. During this activity, children follow the directions given to them on a game card, which leads them to form interesting figures from a collection of shapes, mosaics and geometrical objects.

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Follow the Bigfoot

In this cooperation game, kids can work together to create different patterns of footprints as they hunt to find the legendary Bigfoot! Thrown dice will determine the route, and players will make their way through obstacles to place the footprints as the route indicates. There are six different adventures in one game, all of which enhance motor and teamwork skills.

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