Toys aren’t all fun and games you know! They are critical for your child’s healthy development. From being a newborn to becoming a preschool toddler, toys can give your child benefits which you probably experienced back when you being a baby yourself. As your baby makes her way from blocks to books to crayons to teddy bears, your child is building pre-academic skills such as:
- Physical traits
- Thinking, categorization
- Language development
- Communication skill
- Social skills
- Help with emotion
- Fantasize a situation
All of these skills will always be useful in their life and can encourage them to becoming a better person by making a decision based on the situation. The skills required specific toys for them to enhance their ability. The best toys for children are open-ended, which mean your child can use these toys in lots of different ways. They encourage your child to use imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills.
Open-ended toys include:
- Blocks: Your child can use blocks for stacking and building, make-believe and much more
- Balls: The greatest toy to bounce, look at, roll, hold and throw
- Cardboard boxes: Your child can pretend these are shop counters, ovens, cars, boats, doll houses and more
- Dress-ups: With some hand-me-down clothes and bits of fabric, your child can become anything or anyone
- Crafty bits and pieces: Your child can get creative with colored paper, stickers, crayons and washable markers
- Collections: Your child can collect buttons, beads or coins, and sort by color, pattern, size or shape.
Many toys have age-range information on their packaging. This can be useful, but it’s only a guide for play. Consider your child’s interests and stage of development to give you a better idea of what to choose.
Age-range information can be important for safety. For example, avoid giving toys contain small parts that a baby could swallow. In these cases, it is wise to follow the recommended age-range information.
- Babies are all about interactions with you and family members. Your baby will delight in watching your face, listening to your voice and simply being with you. Even play activities like looking at a brightly colored mobile, listening to a wind-up musical toy, and learning to reach for a rattle are more fun when you and your baby do them together.
- Toddlers love to play with boxes, building blocks, pegs, buckets and containers, and clothing for dress-ups. Toddlers also enjoy simple musical instruments that they can shake and bang, like a drum made from an upside-down pot and a wooden spoon.
- Older children often like to solve problems and use their imagination. Puzzles or games that encourage your child to play with others are also good choices.
Avoid Dangerous Toys
It’s pretty common for children especially boys to make toy guns out of everyday objects like sticks, celery even toast. This might not be something you want to encourage, but a gun made of toast doesn’t have the same power as a toy gun. A toast gun is a symbol, and children are less likely to use it to scare others.
if your child is using the toy weapon aggressively towards other children, it’s not good for your child’s social and friendship skills. That’s because it can scare other children, who might not want to play with your child. It might help to guide your child towards friendlier ways to play.
Another thing to look at is when your child is playing with dolls. It can be a great fun for your child but some dolls have a grown-up, ‘sexy’ look. For example, some female dolls come with sexy clothing like microskirts, fishnet stockings and very high heels.
This might seem fun and innocent, but it can also create an image of women that you might not be comfortable with or want your child to copy. For example, these types of dolls can give children, especially girls, the message that the most important thing about them is the way they look, and that the best way to look is ‘sexy’.
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