First of all, toys promote the improvement of sensory ability. Perception is the main way for baby to know things outside and increase knowledge. Toys with exaggerated appearance, bright colors stimulate baby through various senses. In playing with toys, children contact with toys with different textures and enhance sensory sensitivity and observation, and promote perception capability. Parents should create rich environment with toys at home for baby, pay attention to perception characteristics of toys like size, colors, and shapes. In process of playing with toys, parents should strengthen baby perception guidance. For example, let baby “jump” to pick the apples.
Second, toys promote baby language development. Toy itself is a tool for baby to express himself, also a more handy “language” for them. Toys like a wordless book leave learners large self-construction and imaginary space, stimulate baby’s desire for expression and create a suitable language for baby free expression.
On the one hand, children develop their oral language in the process of playing with toys.
They learn to communicate politely with other babies in exchanging of toys. In addition, baby will have a lot of “to himself” phenomenon while playing with toys. Effect of these “talking to himself” on baby cannot be ignored. For example, a girl baby may dress up her doll while speaking to the doll, imitating the voice, tone and action of her mother. These pretended languages display fully the verbal ability of the baby.
On the other hand, toys also promote the construction of baby written language. Such as in playing “cat fishing”, toys marks “bait”, “rod” etc. these help baby to build a preliminary understanding of words and the meaning. Some alphabet toys, counting toys can directly exercise baby’s comprehension on written words.
Third, toys promote the development of baby imagination. In the process of contacting with toys, children always tend to imagine the doll as someone in real life, and toys provide baby fully freedom or space of imagination. Parents should think carefully and make full use of toys to inspire the baby’s imagination. For example, if the baby would like to play with light sticks, parents can organize a “miracle light stick” family activity, invite other partners to play together with the baby, guide them to think out many other uses of light sticks and show on the spot. Children will put forward many uses that you even have never thought of. Such as, light stick can be a chalk; can be noodles; or be twigs without leaves.