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A toy is any object that can be used for play. The origin of toys is prehistoric; dolls representing infants, animals, and soldiers, as well as representations of tools used by adults are readily found at archaeological sites. The origin of the word “toy” is unknown, but it is believed that it was first used in the 14th century.
Toys, and play in general, are important when it comes to growing up and learning about the world around us. The young use toys and play to discover their identity, help their bodies grow strong, learn cause and effect, explore relationships, and practice skills they will need as adults. Adults use toys and play to form and strengthen social bonds, teach, remember and reinforce lessons from their youth, discover their identity, exercise their minds and bodies, explore relationships, practice skills, and decorate their living spaces.
Although science has been probing the area of language development for well over a century, researchers still ask the number one question, “How are languages organized in the brain?” Language development can be defined as, the expression and vocalization of symbols and sounds as perceived and interpreted by an individual through the growing and learning process.
Parents can recognize the beginning stages of vocal communication through the “cooing” sounds of and infant. Usually around 4 – 6 months a pleasant babbling of ba, ba, ba, or da, da, da begins. At 7 – 8 months a child begins to actively imitating sounds that he/she hears. By the time a child has reached his/her first year they will have developed the ability to say a few simple words such as, Mama or Dada. By the time your child reaches 2 he/she will begin to have a vocabulary of words and seem to understand almost everything you say.