The Impact of Toys in Child Development


Children are extremely fast learners. For newborns, the world is a flood of information and they absorb it like a sponge. Increasing exposure to learning early in a child's life can be accomplished even through choosing toys which promote the development of cognitive skills.

Different toys impact children’s behavior in different ways. Some toys have a powerful influence on children’s thinking, interaction with peers, and creative expression. Other toys do not. Some of the toys that look most interesting to adults are not particularly effective in promoting development. Once toys are selected, parents can carefully observe their impact on children’s play. By avoiding specific toys, you should be able to steer clear of violent behavior that you don’t want to see in your child.

If girls spend hours playing with toys like toy babies and barbies, they will undoubtedly begin to develop a sense of nurturing and empathy. Similarly, when girls play with toy kitchens they can begin to develop skills in domestic duties and to become more accepting towards them. And thus, even in the eyes of young children, being nurturing, child-rearing, and completing domestic duties begin to become associated with girls; with being feminine; and in later life, with being a woman. And thus, these oppressive ideals of nurturing and domestic duties being associated with women is perpetuated.

In the same way, if boys spend hours upon hours playing with legos and blocks, they will obviously develop their spatial skills. Lego blocks provide an opportunity to learn more about colors and symmetry while they develop their motor skills. Simple, classic toys would be a recommendation for families.

Children can learn a lot from playing. When you give your child some toys and play with them, it gives a chance to bond with you, learns, and have fun at the same time.