For kids play and learning goes hand in hand; they will benefit from learning scenarios that are enjoyable. By using building blocks, working with jigsaws and threading toys, and matching colors, textures, and shapes, children acquire essential skills, allowing them to learn how to read, write and count.
Children will invent their own games and toys, but well-designed toys can provide stimuli for exploring and finding new things. Toys need not be expensive or complex. The best toys are ones that fascinate a child and to which he will return over and over. Frequently a household item will provide your child with the kind of playthings he wants to guarantee future intellectual achievement, it’s not necessary to purchase one educational toy.
Providing a Stimulating Environment
One of the ways to promote your child’s development is to foster creative drama with an inviting environment. The way you display your child’s toys to a large extent determines whether they’ll be played with or not. Toys that are piled high aren’t inviting, whereas toys organized into little scenes, excite him to sometimes even make other creative arrangements
It helps if there are spaces to perform in, particularly activity areas, like a painting table and someplace he can dab with water. An interesting environment should not only be restricted just to inside. If you have a garden, fill it with appropriate equipment, like swing, a slide, and a little play hill-all of which stimulates your child’s imagination
Parents sometimes feel frustrated when they spend hours choosing the safest, most colorful, most fun, and even educational toy for their child, only to learn that he is going to be clinging to his old toy. It’s almost impossible to select a’best toy’ for the child. The one that is perfect for his is the one which fascinates him endlessly, and to which he will return gaining more and more stimulation and enjoyment and will provide him the best learning experience.
The less formed ad more basic a toy, the greater possibility it leaves for a kid’s imagination and might help his creativity, more than a very expensively dressed doll that can only be one character.
Among the most important things to remember is that children change quite rapidly, particularly in the first 3 decades and that a toy that entertains a two-month-old, won’t entertain a two-year-old. As they develop they need various stimuli and the option of toys must reflect those needs. The toy selected must be suitable for his age. If it’s too good advanced then he will not know to play it in the proper fashion, and will not gain enjoyment. If on the other hand, it is too primitive, he will get bored easily. Toys must stimulate all the 5 senses-vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Having decided upon the appropriate sort of toy for him, you also need to think of a couple more things. Is it completely safe? Is it stimulating? Is it fun? By way of example, a bag of bricks is a’great’ toy to buy since it can be enjoyed at different ages with pleasure and will stimulate creative and active play. Toys that fit together or snap together teach children that they can change the appearance with dexterity.
Safety is also a very important consideration when choosing or making a toy. You must not only check for dangerous design flaws when buying them but also at check for defects at regular intervals. It’s impossible to supply a child with a totally safe environment. However, you must take sensible safety precautions and satisfy his inquisitiveness with safe indoor toys. Your children must always be properly supervised and never left to play alone outside.
Using Household Items to Make Toys
You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to provide him with the best toy money can purchase.
Plastic containers of different sizes can be used for placing in-taking out games.
Dried pulses can be stuck on pieces of card to make kitchen collages. Vegetables like potatoes and carrots can be made into printing blocks.
Toilet rolls with a little decoration make finger puppets. Hand puppets can also be made from paper bags. Empty cotton reels when threaded together creates a good tug toy, especially if painted to resemble a caterpillar.
Prevent T.V. in Young Kids
TV has the numbing effect on children and cuts them off from the direct experiences of their own world which are needed in order to develop. TV cuts back on the amount of social contact with the parent that’s important for social and linguistic development.
Reading and books
A single way, in which a parent could enrich a child’s environment, is by having books in the home. Words are vital to the way our brains operate. Books provide children with words to express feelings, ideas, and ideas. They describe the world he lives in. They supply the tool for imaginative play, introduce ideas and are enjoyable.
Try to read to your child every day, or even several times per week and preferably at exactly the same time. Choose books that are visually attractive with illustrations.
Fairy stories are fascinating to children, and they will learn to differentiate between real and unreal. They also encourage abstract ideas and creative thinking.
The vocabulary should be simple to understand and the print large. Run your finger across the print, but don’t force him to follow your finger. Make him notice things in the pictures. Re-read books for your child, especially if he asks you to. Do not stop reading to him even though he begins to read by himself. Teach him to look after books. Store books on low bookshelves in his area as this will encourage browsing, and always have a variety on hand.