I want to say a big thank you to Rachel who sent me this wonderful article she wrote about how modern toys help child development. Please give it a read, I especially love the section about Sensory Toys (of course!), but it just goes to show how much children can learn from everyday toys. iPads and consoles have their place of course, but there’s nothing better than traditional toys and games!
How Modern Toys Help in Child Development
Written by Rachel Summers
Children have always played with toys. Sure, children have only recently been exposed to technology like iPads and gaming consoles, but for thousands of years, children have played with wooden toys and other natural objects, as they learned how the world around them worked.
Playing allows children to learn what it is to be a human, and many toys are used to help them learn how to be an adult. From kitchen equipment and tools, to teddy bears and dolls, toys play a huge part in early development for children.
Multiple Varieties of Children’s Toys
Children’s toys can be split up into a number of groups. There are roughly four primary groups of toys for children which help children adapt to the world around them and develop their cognitive and behavioral skills.
Some toys, like crayons, books, scissors, clay and paper are creative. These allow children to experience intellectual and creative development. The toys also allow children to learn general physics and how to interact with the world.
Some toys allow for social development in children, through make-believe. Toys like dolls, clothes, cars and trucks allow children to practice living in the world as an adult, and through mutual play with adults, these developing young people will learn key social skills.
Sensory toys engage the five senses – smell, taste, sound, touch and sight – and allow children to learn how their senses work. These kinds of toys include water guys, musical instruments, sand toys and more.
Toys that encourage physical and muscle development include puzzles, brooms, blocks and more. These, like creative toys, help children learn how to interact with the physical world.
Important Toys in Early Age
Balls play an exceptionally important part in your child’s development. This toy, which comes in many sizes, helps children learn both physical and social rules. They are the basis of many sports, and often require another person to play with them fully.
So, whether it’s a football, basketball or tennis ball, these toys help children improve their motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and allows them to learn how to interact with people.
Blocks come in many forms. There are blocks that stick together, like Lego, that are only suitable for older children who have developed some motor skills. Regular blocks are ideal for younger children, and like balls, they are both physical and social.
Mary Jones, a writer from UK Top Writers, believes that blocks are the foundation of healthy child development: “My child used blocks from a very early age. We moved from large wooden blocks, and gradually moved up to Lego and similar, smaller blocks that allow children to create more complex structures. The toy is great for physical development and it’s an ideal opportunity to bond with your child.”
• Arts and Crafts Supplies
Creative toys are also very important. Artistic supplies, including paint, coloring books, crayons, sticky tape, glue, paper, and clay give a child an opportunity to explore their creative side. By engaging their creativity, children are given the chance to learn how to solve problems and create new things.
Creative toys do more than just allow children to understand how to make art work. By engaging the problem solving and creative part of the brain, children are given the opportunity to develop their general intellect. Creating new things, whether in 2D or 3D form, helps children learn general physical rules, and discover ways to create what they want using the tools they own.
By exploring the many varieties of toys for children, and adapting the toys your children use as they grow, will give them the best start in life.
Rachel lives in Wolverhampton and is a local newspaper reporter, journalist, freehand, creative writer and editor.
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