VTech 2-in-1 Discovery Table

Kareen Supre

Community College of Philadelphia

Ilze Nix

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their
imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
Play is important to healthy brain development, because it is through play
that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around
them. {Shonkoff J.P., Phillips D.A. eds., (2000)} Play is a universal
phenomenon and a right of childhood. It is a spontaneous, rewarding and fun
with several benefits of education it helps children learn and build skills
that lay the foundation for learning to read, write and do math. The social
skills provide opportunities to socialize with peers of the same age, and
to learn to understand others, to communicate and to negotiate. Cognition
encourages children to learn, imagine, categorize and problem solve. {Peter
K. Smith, PhD, Goldsmiths (June 2013)}

Fluid construction play materials is playing or drawing pictures with
children for 15-45 minutes not only enhances parent-child attachment but
also makes children trust people easily and fearless of many things.
Structured construction play material is building block, Lego, puzzle with
children helps and encourages them to explore learning. In the security
attachment, it will inspire children to develop positive attitudes. Sensory-
motor play materials accompanying with children for playing sliding slide
and climbing-frame for 1 hour generates high level of attachment, making
them not fear of unfamiliar environment. Playing educational toys together
for 60 minutes trains children to think and judge, allowing them to quickly
adapt to changeable environment. Sensory play is play that uses and
stimulates multiple senses in the body. Children learn through their
environment and adding sensory experiences helps to stimulate the brain by
sending signals that help strengthen neural pathways. This is so important
for all types of learning and the best part is kids love it. {Tamis-LeMonda
CS, Shannon JD, Lamb ME. (1806- 1820)}
VTech 2-in-1 Discovery construction toys seem ideally suited to do that,
and they may also help children develop motor skills and hand-eye
coordination, spatial skills, a capacity for creative, divergent thinking,
social skills, and language skills.
In my opinion this is a great toy, because The VTech 2-in-1 Discovery Table
has one side where the child could play the piano, learn shapes, count from
one to ten, dance to music and has an interaction with the story book where
it reads out loud to the child. The reverse side can be used for coloring
and drawing at the same time listen to music as well with up to ten
different songs. In this sense the child can use imagination skills and
interact with the character in the book this could be used as a good social
skill. The book page is easy to turn, grasping would not be an issue when
turning the page and its very thick. There\'s different shape buttons when
pressed it tells you what shape is being touched, this is good spatial
skilling for the child where they learn relations among objects or space.
There\'s number on the piano key that counts aloud when its being pressed
this is a good divergent thinking in a way of knowing what number comes
next after the other.
Fine motor skills are small movements such as picking up small objects and
holding a spoon that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists,
lips, and tongue. Gross motor skills are the bigger movements such as
rolling over and sitting that use the large muscles in the arms, legs,
torso, and feet.

During 6 to 9 months children are normally around the stage of sitting up
without support which requires neck strength, head control, balance, and
coordination all important skills for walking. Most babies also learn to
crawl between the ages of 7 and 10 months, although some skip it altogether
and move straight to walking. Around this stage they can stand while
holding on to something. 9 to 12 months is the stage where babies will pull
up to a standing position with the aid of a sturdy object, such as a sofa
or table leg. Babies typically figure out how to do deep knee bends in
order to sit after standing. They can stand unsupported for a few seconds
and may be able to walk while holding hands. The VTech 2-in-1 Discovery
Table is great motor skills for standing when the child is learning how to
balance themselves and its sturdy enough to hold the weight of a child when
leaning on it.

The safe cleaning method for the VTech 2-in-1 Discovery Table is simple,
keeping the unit clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth and gets it