In one of our blogs, we talked about the importance of toy composition, this time we would like to talk more about the toys themselves. When you visit any store, even a children’s store, your eyes are dazzled by the abundance of toys, and when choosing toys for children, we get lost not only in their quantity, but also for whom they are and what their functions are. We ask ourselves is it really necessary? Will you play Will the toy end up in the corner again after a couple of days and sometimes hours.
We agree that toys are needed in various ways, but we often choose those that would benefit us – educate and interest our little ones. Therefore, today – about the benefits of educational toys.
Let’s learn by playing – this is probably the most accurate motto that can describe the benefits of educational toys. However, let’s try to figure out what are the benefits of educational toys?
Educational toys are useful for children because:
Encourages curiosity. Children have been curious about the world from the first days of their lives, so it is our duty to ensure that they do not run out of tools to do so. Educational toys are perfect for this: by playing with them, little ones will understand new processes and get to know the surrounding environment much better – colors, shapes, materials.
Teaches to express feelings. Colors, shapes or sounds evoke certain emotions in children – they gradually begin to realize the differences between things and the features they like and dislike. It remains to express them out loud!
May increase IQ. Educational toys are used to develop motor skills, memory as well as better coordination. This develops the child’s mindset and psychological maturation, which can contribute to better learning outcomes in the future.
Improves social and emotional development. Many educational toys are based on communication – the involvement of parents, so the little ones learn to solve problems, find compromises and express their opinions.
Teaches to concentrate. This is one of the biggest challenges facing virtually all parents, but you don’t have to give up easily – instead of allowing children to use smart devices without hindrance, offer to try educational toys. If you choose the right one, your little one will willingly get involved in these activities and spend hours and hours not only playing but also learning – a double benefit!
Develops creativity. Educational toys leave children with unlimited creative freedom, so a wide variety of game scenarios and unexpected applications of these toys are possible. There will definitely be room for imagination and fantasy here!
Different toys for children of different ages
Children of different ages love different toys – their abilities and perceptions are very different, so it is very important to choose toys according to the specified age. If the toy is too complicated for the baby, he will simply not be interested in them or will not play as intended, so he will lose his function. If too light – the buildup will take just a few minutes.
Up to three years
Nursery-age peas become physically stronger and can perform motor training tasks. Wooden blocks, pyramids, blocks of different shapes placed in a box according to the shape match, simple puzzles, children’s dominoes and similar games are perfect for this. It is also recommended to collect toys that develop the knowledge of sounds and colors.
The third is a time of the baby’s imagination and fantasy, when the baby imagines himself to be a doctor, bakes a cake in the toy kitchen or constructs a train from chairs. During this period, toys should be sought to help develop creativity and the ability to create a variety of stories. Imagination is helped by various constructors, or creative sets for this age, which provide an opportunity to create fun animals from various figurines and so on.
A 4 – 7 year old child has already mastered fine motor skills, so he is suitable for creative works, mosaics or constructors, which help to develop diligence and concentration. Traditional, already more complex constructors are especially suitable. Books, magnetic alphabet letters or pads, toys for learning thebasics of numeracy, help preschoolers develop early writing, reading and logical skills.