Benefits of toys for young children
The brain of a child is an amazing sponge, sucking up as much information as possible. Playing with toys is a challenge to explore the world on their own terms. Toys like lego and building blocks help children develop math, science and problem solving skills. The child’s fine motor skills are developed by matching shapes and colours by performing the physical placement of the blocks or lego. Muscles in the hand, playing with blocks or lego helps strengthen the muscles which making holding a pencil properly and learning to write. I am sure most of us played dress up as a young child. Well, this is a great way for children to develop their creative skills. By playing dress up the world becomes boundless allowing them to become an actor, alien, princess, or just dad driving the car home.
By pretending to be someone or something else helps the child learn abstract thinking which is essential skill later in life. Pretend is a valuable tool in the child’s life. Dolls can offer children an easy and fun way to play in the imaginary world. Children have not quite learned that other people have feelings and how to handle the situation. Pretending to be a mother or father the child takes care of the doll by feeding, dressing, and practicing their conversational skills. By doing these valuable skills as play, teaches compassion and independence in a fun way.
A child’s first toy is usually a stuffed animal, children of all ages love stuffed animals, often getting attached to the same toy for many years. Different stuffed animals are learning tools to toddlers, teaching them empathy and helping them with language. Helping young children to recognize familiar words, like cat, dog, bear along with the appropriate sounds made by each animal starts their brain thinking.
Play is essential to children’s healthy development and learning. Unfortunately young children can be influenced by the electronic media. Children spend more time sitting in front of a screen and less time playing creatively. Play time is a fundamental part of childhood development. Children have played with toys through history and all cultures. Toys are important to create the mental, physical, emotional and social development of a child. When you play you have fun, when you have fun you laugh. Laughing makes you feel happy, everyones loves to feel happy