Play is a natural activity for every young child. It provides many opportunities for children to learn and grow physically, mentally and socially. If play is the child’s work then toys are the child’s tools. They are an important learning tool for kids.
Children use toys to learn about themselves and things around them. Toys aim at enhancing learning throughout all the developmental areas. The learning materials and environment gives the children an opportunity to engage themselves in different kinds of play – alone or in groups. It also gives children a wide range to choose from, thereby building confidence, opportunities to make decisions and choices. As children manipulate and play with toys their muscle control and strength is developing, so is their eye hand coordination. Toys provide children the opportunity to investigate and explore. Children can learn about size, shapes, colour, numbers, letters of the alphabet and much more.
While selecting toys keep in mind the age of the child. Is the toy for an infant or is it for a preschooler? Selecting age appropriate toys is important, as it needs to be interesting and engaging for the child. Toys need to be colourful and bright. Check for the quality. Select toys that are durable and safe. Toys must not have sharp or pointed edges. The materials used must be safe too, with no danger of chocking or suffocation.
- Learn new ideas and concepts
- Foster language
- Build muscle control and strength
- Use their imagination
- Solve problems
- Learn to share & take turns
- Conceptual development
There are a range of toys and materials that are beneficial to kids
- Manipulative- toys build eye-hand coordination and logical thinking such as blocks, legos, puzzles, lace and string toys, pattern toys etc
- Books, charts, Rhyme cds, flash cards etc helps foster linguistic skills
- Art materials which include play dough, moulds, rolling pins, and other craft materials fosters creativity.
- Musical instruments
- Dramatic play materials such as dolls, stuffed toys, puppets, transport toys etc encourage role playing, creativity and imagination.
- Outdoor play or active play materials such as slides, trampolines, push and pull toys, bikes, etc foster physical development.
Children learn from the time they are born. It is our primary responsibility to provide the right opportunities and experiences to the child. Toys are a child’s learning partner. Toys will optimize your child’s development and growth and make learning fun.