Children are like sponges always absorbing knowledge, being influenced by their surroundings. This is why they like to play, act and mimic the adult world in their games, such as playing house, doctor, cooking. They incorporate the influences of everyday life into their games. As children, especially between the ages of about two to seven, are very adaptable to new influences and knowledge, it is up to the parents to ensure they receive the correct exposure and foundation with educational toys.
Toys that help kids use their imaginations such as the range created by Melissa & Doug are ideal for this purpose as they tap into old school favorites that have stood the test of time. These toys help develop motor skills, hand eye co-ordination, skills on planning ahead and seeing an idea through to the end. Basically skills that later on in life help them get through the practicalities of daily life. For instance, construction kits and building toys provide hours of endless fun while teaching kids how to follow directions and instructions and helps them build confidence in their abilities to construct something of value. Jigsaw puzzles are a firm favourite as it teaches patience, the skill to think and coordinate till the end result is reached and provide a sense of accomplishment that is hard to match!
It is hard as a parent to avoid the latest crazes children go through in regard to toys, but as a parent we can incorporate worthwhile toys into the picture, creating a compromise between what is desired and what is required. Educational toys are a necessity to a kid to grow mentally, honing their abilities. It is often through play that a child’s latent talents can be found, such as if the child is a budding artist, creative, able to solve puzzle thereby displaying an analytical mind. It is these initial displays of talent that help a parent guide a child towards developing them.
Kids’ gifts that consist of educational toys such as paints, puzzles, and play dough to name a few, are worthwhile gifts that give the child hours of pure fun. They do not understand the value but their parents do. Ensuring a child’s development through play is a very wise way to set the foundation for the child’s future, which is really what any parent wants at the end of the day, a secure future for their children.