FAQ

 

 

***What are some of the specific concepts I can reinforce with my child thru My Little House play?***

Of course, the creative concepts you use in creative play are limited only by the imaginations of you and your child, but these are some of the concepts I specifically designed the matching felt pieces to address in MY LITTLE HOUSE. 

--Shapes:

Each of the windows inside the house are different shapes:

Purple room: the window is a circle

Green room: triangle

Yellow: rectangle

Blue: square

The clock in the green room is a circle.

--Size:

Many of the piece throughout the house hammer home the differences in size. 

Blue bathroom:  There's a big towel and a small towel; there are three bottles - a small, medium and large (or big, bigger and biggest.)

Green kitchen: the jars are three different sizes - small, medium and large (or big, bigger, biggest)

Lamps:  there are several lamps scattered around the house that are different sizes.  There are two lamps upstairs in the yellow room and one downstairs. The one upstairs is tall and the one downstairs is short. The lamp in the green baby's room is the smallest of all of them.

Clocks: There is a wall clock in the green kitchen and a desk clock in the purple bedroom. One is big and one is small. 

--On/under:

There are shoes under the bed. The dog is under the table. The bunny is under the table in the kitchen. The pillow is on the couch. The watermelon is on the table. The pots are on the stove. The fruit bowls are on the fridge. The yellow, purple and green lamps are on the tables. The purple clock is on the nightstand. The green kitchen clock is on the wall. The food bowl is on the floor. The rug is under the table but on the floor. 

--Inside/outside: 

The turkey is inside the oven. The log is inside the fireplace. Two rubber duckies are inside the bathtub, but one is outside. The fish are in the tank. The puppies are in the doggie bed. The jack in the box and basketball are inside the toy box, but the bear and the football are outside

--Empty/full:

There are two bowls on top of the fridge; one is empty and one is full.

--Half/whole:

There are two watermelons on the table in the kitchen. One is half and one is whole.

--How many?

How many oven mitts are there? How many spice jars? How many fish are in the tank? How many puppies are sleeping in the bed? How many candles are on top of the fireplace? How many bottles are on the bathroom shelf? How many duckies are in the bathtub? How many duckies are on the floor? How many cats are in the bedroom? How many pots are on the stove? How many turkeys are in the oven? How many animals can you find in the house? 

--What's missing?

Designed to see how perceptive your kids (and you) are?

What's missing in the portrait of the cat? (Answer: his eyes)

What's missing in the painting of the train? (Answer: the engine. You just see the wheels!)

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What is the overriding philosophy of SmartFelt Toys?

Children instinctively love to play.  It’s how they explore the world, and toys are their tools for doing so.  The very best toys sustain a child’s interest over time, are safe and make learning fun. Our goal at SmartFelt Toys is to create a line of those toys. My Little House is the first one. 

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Why is matching such an important tool for kids?

Matching is an activity that delights young children.  Not only is it great fun,  but it also encourages development of their early language skills as they match pictures on their way to building vocabulary.

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Why are early language concepts so important?

Early concepts include spatial (location), temporal (time), quantity (number) and quality (description). 

These concepts are reinforced in every room of My Little House

Early concepts help build pre-reading and early mathematics skills, strengthen a child’s vocabulary and are the building blocks of early language development.