By Tanja Spasojevic, General Manager of Ora, the Nursery of the Future in Dubai
Dubai, UAE, 29 May 2023: In a world filled with digital gadgets and screens, it’s important to provide young children with opportunities for unplugged play that foster creativity, storytelling, and the development of positional language skills. We are excited to include a range of innovative and interactive activities specifically designed for preschoolers, aiming to ignite their imagination and facilitate holistic growth.
At the forefront of this initiative are our unplugged technology games, carefully curated to captivate the minds of three-year-olds and above while promoting hands-on engagement? By steering away from electronic devices, we create a safe and stimulating environment that encourages active learning and imaginative play.
One such activity that takes center stage is our enchanting storytelling experience. With no screens or buttons in sight, children embark on a magical journey through the power of their own imagination. They are encouraged to weave captivating tales using their creativity, language skills, and emotions, transporting them to realms filled with adventures and wonder. Coding skills do play a role even here, where children can create their own stories and decide paths and obstacles for the characters to go through and in the end create unique stories of their own making.
But that’s not all! We understand the importance of developing spatial awareness and positional language from an early age. To achieve this, we have incorporated engaging games that encourage movement and teach children about position and direction. Through classic games like “Simon Says” and “Musical Chairs,” children are encouraged to hop, jump, and move their bodies to different spots, all while learning the valuable concepts of up, down, left, and right. These activities not only promote physical coordination but also enhance cognitive abilities through hands-on learning experiences. At the same time, pre-coding experiences can enhance the understanding of basic concepts which are in essence the very basics of algorithms.
Our team of passionate educators and child development experts has meticulously designed these activities to cater to the unique needs of preschoolers. By focusing on unplugged technology games, storytelling activities, and positional language development, we ensure that children receive a well-rounded learning experience that nurtures their creativity, social skills, and cognitive growth around coding and its current relevance in education.