Archive for June, 2012
Play is absolutely necessary for a child’s development and is crucial for their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. It’s a child’s way of learning about his body and the world, and he’ll use all five senses to do it, especially in the first year. What does this feel like when I touch it? What does this sound like when I squeeze it? What will happen if I push this or pull that? Crawl over there? Pull myself up on this? Exploration is the heart of play, and in a child’s mind any experiment counts, even hurling a bowl of cereal off the highchair tray.
As a child moves into the toddler years, his play will become more imaginative and complex. Through play, he’ll exercise key skills and qualities, such as independence, creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving. It can also be an important place to explore feelings and values and develop social skills.
Many parents today are looking for educational toys for their children to help them develop skills that will be necessary later in school and in life. This means that computer games that teach math and reading readiness skills, and puzzles and other toys with an object often top the shopping list for Christmas, birthdays and other occasions. While these types of toys are good and often worthwhile, in their zest to select these educational toys, they often overlook the most educational toys of all, those that encourage creative play.
Creative kids toys are highly educational for children and help them build a number of useful skills from using their imagination to co operating with others and all kinds of math and social readiness skills. For example, take a simple creative kids toy like a doll house. Sure playing dolls is fun, and having a doll house makes playtime that much more enjoyable. However, doll houses serve many educational purposes as well. First, often children play dolls with their friends, sisters or brothers and even mom or dad. By playing with others, children learn to cooperate, share ideas, and to compromise. These are all very important lessons that a child will need as they grow into adulthood.