Lalaboom designs products that encourage children aged 10 to 36 months to discover new skills.
By playing with Lalaboomâs educational beads, your child will learn step-by-step the essential motor skills they need for their development. The beads are based around five main skills :
POP! AND SENSORY DISCOVERIES
At around 10 months, your child will find out that the Lalaboom beads can be connected together, thanks to their simple clipping mechanism. The variety of textures will encourage them to explore by touch.
LEARN TO OPEN/CLOSE THE BEADS
At around 15 months, your child will discover that they can open and close the beads with a simple twisting movement.Â
It may seem like a piece of cake for us , but for your baby this is a useful and rather challenging exercise for developing their motor skills.Â
Repeating this movement will naturally develop your childâs dexterity.
LEARN TO MIX AND MATCH
Around 18 months old, your child will be capable of choosing shapes and colours to mix andÂ match them.Â This is an excellent way for them to start expressing their preferences and creativity. You can also ask them to pair the beads with each other, which improves their learning and tests their ability to identify shapes and colours.
Around 18 months old, your child will be capable of choosing shapes and colours to mix andÂ match them.
This is an excellent way for them to start expressing their preferences and creativity. You can also ask them to pair the beads with each other, which improves their learning and tests their ability to identify shapes and colours.
LEARN TO BUILD AND STACK
From 20 months, your child will have identified the different connection options offered by Lalaboom. They will now be able to build their own varied and colourful creations. The act of building is a fundamental phase in a childâs development, as it allows them to plan in advance, consider their space and execute their ideas, which promotes their sense of self-esteem.
LACING : First step to fine motor skills
Lalaboom beads can be laced, under adult supervision, by children aged 24 months and over. Lacing has a number of advantages for young children. Itâs the first step towards learning how to write. This activity trains your childâs fine motor skills and improves their concentration, precision and hand-eye coordination.
The game is a privileged moment where the child will be able to learn while having fun, gaining autonomy and freedom. These activities put the sharing, learning and development of the child at the heart of the game process.Â
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Fishing for Beads
Around 18 months, once your child has developed their dexterity, you can play games to help refine their motor skills and boost their precision and confidence. The âFishing for Beadsâ game is perfect for this: Sink the Lalaboom beads in a big bowl of water and ask your child to fish them out using a slotted serving spoon or ladle. An excellent activity that trains your childâs hand-eye coordination, precision, dexterity and concentration.
Sort, Group and Tidy
At around 2 years of age, your child will start to appreciate sorting and grouping activities, which can be played naturally with everyday objects (such as grouping and tidying away the washing-up, or sorting buttons or crayons) but also with their toys. Once play time is over, suggest that your child sorts their Lalaboom beads by texture, size, shape or colour and puts them away in a basket or toy box. This gives them a chance to have fun and learn while also being useful.
On a sheet of paper, draw out the different Lalaboom bead shapes with a black pen. Donât be afraid to exaggerate the shapes and textures. Next, ask your child to look at the drawings and find the beads that match whatâs on the paper. The perfect way for your child to work on their observational skills!
At 18 months, your child is probably still not able to catch a ball. However, he/she is perfectly capable of sending and receiving an object by rolling it across the floor. Sit down opposite your child with your legs spread out and help them to do the same. Roll a Lalaboom bead to them and get them to roll it back to you. You might have to demonstrate slowly and methodically so they can understand how to play. This is a great way to develop their manual skills and coordination.
Imprints with modeling clay
An activity where your child can express their creativity while exploring shapes and textures! To play, take some modelling clay and Lalaboom beads. Flatten the clay so you can roll the beads over it and reproduce their textures and/or shapes. Get your child to guess which bead it was by looking at the imprint on the clay.
This activity is ideal for developing your childâs sense of touch! To play, gather together all the Lalaboom beads with identifiable shapes and textures (e.g. circle, triangle, waves, leaves) and place them in a bag. To start off, take the beads out of the bag and have your child memorise their shape. Make sure he/she can name the shapes easily. Put all of the beads back in the bag. Now get your child to put their hand in the bag, choose a bead, identify it, describe it and announce, âIâve got the leaf-shaped beadâ and take it out.
At the age of 2, a child is usually able to pick up a ball and throw it. Why not do the same with Lalaboom beads by playing this target game? Place a bucket of water on the floor, take several steps back, pick up a Lalaboom bead and throw it into the bucket! You might have to demonstrate it methodically to your child before they can understand what they have to do. Donât worry if your child doesnât hit the target the first few times – just keep on reassuring and encouraging them.
When theyâre around 2 years old, your child is already capable of performing some actions with more precision than youâd expect! To encourage their development, you can get them to pick up the Lalaboom beads using giant tweezers. A simple activity, but one thatâs great for refining the dexterity and control of their movements.
Follow the order !
On several small sheets of paper, draw 5 differently-coloured circles and put them in a row. Ask your child to place the Lalaboom beads one by one into a long box (preferably a transparent one), following the order of coloured circles in the drawing.
Guess the right cup !
Take three cups. Hide a bead underneath one of the cups and switch the order of the cups by sliding them back and forth. Now ask your child to point at the cup the bead is in! If you want to increase the difficulty, do the same but with three beads of different colours. Now ask your child to locate the beads by colour, e.g. âWhereâs the yellow bead?â or âWhereâs the blue bead?â
The hidden sweetie
This game is very simple! Hide a sweet (or two) inside a Lalaboom bead. Make a chain out of empty beads and the one containing the sweet, and ask your child to find it! This is a good way for your child to practise opening and closing the beads as quickly as possible.
The treasure Hunt (three years and over)
Children love treasure hunts! This activity is ideal for your child to improve their space perception and patience. To play, hide some Lalaboom beads in a room in your house. Draw a simple map of the room on a sheet of paper, and mark with a cross the places where the beads are hidden. Give your child the treasure map, and let the adventure commence!