If your little one is starting nursery or school soon, you may be wondering what the most important skills are for them to learn before they hit this next big milestone. We've teamed up with Nana's Manners, creators of innovative, ergonomically designed children's cutlery, to design a booklet full of useful tips and advice on preparing for your child's first day of school or nursery. From making sure you have all the essentials, to teaching your little one how to dress themselves and eat independently at lunchtime - we have it all covered.
Pick up your free booklet today in your local JoJo store!
Start with Fine Motor Skills
One of the most important places to start when getting your little one nursery or school ready is their 'Fine motor skills'. These involve the movement and co-ordination of small muscles, like the hands and fingers, that are essential for mastering basic development tasks like writing, getting dressed with fiddly zips and buttons and successfully using cutlery at mealtimes.
Here at JoJo, we offer plenty of games, tools and activities to help your child master their fine motor skills whilst having plenty of fun in the mean time, but remember to pick up your free booklet in store for lots more handy tips.
Melissa & Doug Locks & Latches Board,
Learning how to unlatch, unhinge and unlock these doors will help children get into their lunchboxes and lockers when they reach school, whilst having so much fun discovering what's behind each door.
Nana's Manners Cutlery,
Whether they'll be taking a packed lunch with sandwiches or sitting down with a school dinner, learning to use a knife and fork brings a whole host of benefits away from the table. Practising using cutlery exercises the same muscles needed to perfect their pencil grip, which every kid needs to master! Nana's Manners knives and forks have been specially designed to support children in strengthening these target muscles.