An Audio Experience | Tonies and the gateway to pre-reading learning

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Stories play a definitive role in early language development from learning, and as a child grows up, to reading and broadening vocabulary. Audio storytelling has the power to introduce children in the pre-reading stage to the wonders of narrative, long before they can read for themselves. 

As listening forms the basis of early childhood language development, tonies® – the smart audio system for children – turns listening and learning into an exciting experience for little ones of all ages. By unlocking a new world of audio adventures and curiosity, tonies® helps children to ignite their imagination through narrative.
Education professionals in particular are enthusiastic about learning about the benefits of a Toniebox. One Early Years teacher recently told us that: “tonies® offers collaborative learning opportunities; for example, children can listen to the audio while reading the words in the book, or look at the pictures as the story is narrated.”
tonies® is defining a new era for audio systems for children. The robust, yet soft, screen-free and intuitive design of the Toniebox cube makes it easy for even the smallest hands to take control and operate it completely on their own. tonies make learning new words fun and playful for children but also allows a child to listen independently as the Toniebox is simple and straightforward to operate.
tonies offer a huge range of stories and songs; from well-known classics like Rapunzel and Peter Pan, to modern day favourites such as Frozen and Julia Donaldson‘s classic Room on the Broom, the Gruffalo and Zog. tonies also offers educational collections such as ‘How and Why‘ figurines – Secrets of the Deep Sea,  The Age of Dinosaurs,  Space Travel: The Moon and Counting Songs.
The worlds that are evoked by the audio spark childrens’ imagination and play, and all without a screen in sight. 
The child is at the heart of how the Toniebox has been developed. With its range of immersive content, tonies® is helping to provide valuable learning experiences, helping to support a child’s growth and development. And only the childrens’ imagination is the limit. 

“Immersive play also helps to build self-worth by giving a child a sense of their own abilities, helping them to feel good about themselves.”

A huge educational benefit of tonies is its line-up of ‘Creative-Tonies‘ which have 90 minutes of blank audio space for teachers or family members to record and upload messages, lesson plans and stories onto. These audio messages or stories can be listened to time and time again easily by children.
The hand painted, high-quality figurines, known as ‘Tonies‘, also enable children to physically interact with the audio device as they listen, providing a fun, meaningful and enriching activity. 
Last year changed the way children lived their lives fundamentally – from school closures, being isolated from friends and grandparents, learning at home and worrying about the pandemic. The stress that has been placed on young children can not be underestimated.
Now, more than ever before, children need to escape the real world, a positive distraction that allows them to take their mind off any worries or anxiety they may be experiencing. Stories and music can provide them with much needed comfort and support, enabling them to completely immerse themselves in a different world and all without a screen.
Making time for play every day is crucial for children, for both escapism and for their development. Active and independent play encourages concentration, as well as physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development, and teaches self-expression.
“Immersive play also helps to build self-worth by giving a child a sense of their own abilities, helping them to feel good about themselves. Importantly, children should be allowed to choose how they play, following their own instincts, imagination and interests,” says Miss Grant, Reception year school teacher, South London.
Immersive, playful, screen-free audio storytelling for children is all made simple and fun with tonies®. 
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About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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