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Importance of Toys and Games
Toys & Games foster growth and learning in children. The early age toys are extremely important for the development of the infants and the toddlers. They help acquire language skills, motor skills, cognitive thinking, emotional development and social skills.
Developing Your Child’s Language Skills: The children learn to communicate at a very early age, all from the efforts of everyone making sounds at the children. Therefore, musical toys, children’s songs, musical storybooks and rhymes make great choices for children as they help understand sounds better and develop language skill.
Learning Motor Skills: Toys & Games which require the children to flex their muscles in order to hold, push, or move the toy from one place to another actually cultivate motor or physical skills in a child. A toddler’s rattle is a great example of such a toy since the baby eventually learns to hold and shake it with all its might. Good activity toys and games in bright colours and attractive images appeal to the children quite well.
Cognitive Thinking : A rattle teaches the children what is known as the wonder of cause and effect. There are a great number of toys and games, which foster cognitive thinking in children. All kinds of puzzles, whether it’s, ‘fit the pieces’, pin the donkey’s tail, or why two plus two makes four, really help strengthen cause and effect. Any toy or game, which encourages children to put things in the right perspective, especially those, which form association with colours, shapes, sizes and numbers are great for the slightly older children. Also, include building block, stacking rings and number games to your list of toys.
Develop Social Skills with Toys: Probably the most important skills, which needs to be developed in children is how to behave themselves, both inside and outside the home. The children need to learn the importance of sharing, friendship, love for one another, love for their surroundings, respect elders and many other values. Parents may or may not be able teach their children all that, but toys often do. Not only this can be done by role-playing with toys, but also there are toys, especially made to inculcate this skill in the children.
It is not necessarily that good toys have to be expensive. These days, a variety of age appropriate educational toys for children is available online. Find a toy, which best suits your child’s needs and give him or her the childhood they deserve.