Her wonderful company Play to Z, was set up in 2006 with the ethos of embedding sensory play experiences in the learning environment. Coming from an educational background and believing in natural learning through exploration and play, their toys and resources really appeal to me. They supply treasure baskets, sensory tale packs and much more. All are carefully created with regard to children's sensory experience and with learning opportunities which extend into childhood, supplied with guidance and ideas for parents.
The toy which really caught Lara's eye was the lovely stacking hoops, and we were delighted when Play to Z offered to send the girls one to play with. This is a fantastic, ethical and environmentally friendly alternative to the usual stacking toy, but is also an amazing sensory collection with infinite play possibilities.
Just look at the excitement opening the package, which comes in a lovely cloth storage bag, elicited:
Lara has also spent quite some time sorting the hoops into different categories and telling me about their different qualities, which is amazing at her age. We have encouraged the language for this and she has learnt lots of new adjectives,and comparative words and phrases.