Kids love toys. If you have any doubts about that, just take a child into a toy store. They will probably find a number of things they can’t live without.
Toys are more than just fun and games for kids. Most toys provide at least some opportunity for children to learn. The best toys engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others.
Playing with fun and colorful toys does more than just stimulate a child’s imagination, it benefits them in a number of ways that are essential for their growth. A child’s mastery of the social world is first based on their ability to play with other children. By providing a child with plenty of opportunities to engage in imaginative play with others, it is possible to lay the groundwork for future social success in school and later in life.
The use of educational toys can help children learn many different skills they will need in their life such as:
1. Problem solving and learning cause and effect
2. Learning how to play with others through compromise, conflict resolution and sharing
3. Development of fine and gross motor skills
4. Nurturing their creativity and imagination
5. Discovering their independence and positive self-esteem
Some toys – like Lego’s and Building Blocks – help children develop math, science and problem solving skills. Finding ways to match differently shaped pieces and performing the physical placement of the block can do wonders for a child’s fine motor skills and cognitive development.
While it may seem that toys are just fun and games, they are also extremely valuable learning tools that will shape your child for years to come. To children, toys are more than just objects: they are companions, teachers, and best friends that help guide them through a big and confusing world.
By providing your child with safe and stimulating toys and play opportunities you are giving them the education they need to move through early childhood happy, confident and strong.