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For children of all ages, playing with toys often goes far beyond the ‘fun factor.’
There is a reason why the saying “happier than a kid in a toy store” exists. It’s because children absolutely love toys; Big toys, little toys, loud toys, silent toys, pink toys, blue toys. And if you actually take a child into a toy store, you may find that they will grab a hold of a large number of toys that they simply do not think that they can live without.
However, while there is no doubt that toys spark the imagination and provide hours of fun and enjoyment for children, they also offer plenty of opportunities to learn. Plus, because of all of the pleasure that toys provide kids of all ages, they will actually begin to develop a positive attitude towards learning the more enjoyable the activity is. Therefore, your child craving more play time with their favorite toy may not be such a bad thing after all.
Many leading psychologists also agree that play is not just important, but critical to a growing and learning child. In fact, it is one of the largest reasons why children grow up to be the person that they become. According to studies of how the child mind works and develops, the right kind of play has the potential to make the best possible human being from your child, whether begin playing as babies, toddlers or even early adolescence.
To give you a better idea of just how much toys have an effect on children of all ages, here are just a few benefits that play has on children when they are babies, toddlers and school children:
When it comes to play time for babies, every new shape, color or texture is a completely new experience for them. Therefore, interacting with these new elements will help to simulate them and uncover their senses. Many babies also use toys to help understand object permanence―the idea that once the toy is taken away, it is not gone forever. They also should begin working with building toys, such as blocks, in order to help uncover their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
While many toddlers will often play with the same types of toys that babies do, these toys will provide them with new and difference educational opportunities as they grow older and their knowledge continues to grow. Shape sorter toys are especially great for toddlers, as they teach them how to match similar items or items into one category. Colorful toys, such as Laser Pegs, also help provide an opportunity for toddlers to learn about colors and symmetry, while defining their fine motor skills.
Once children begun to grow older and enter into grade school, they can begin working with more advanced toys which really focus on their different senses and skills. For instance, many preschools like to work with puzzles or high-tech electronic toys that stimulate different areas of their brain. Using these new and interesting toys will also give children the opportunity to have fun while practicing the things they are learning in school. This will help to increase their retention of these things learned.
What do you think about the effects that toys can have on children learning and development through the ages? Do you think that toys really have a significant effect on the kind of person we become in the future? Be sure to leave your thoughts and comments below!