Toys and games are at the top of the list when it comes to kids’ entertainment. But they are also important in other ways. If your kid is having delayed speech or language problem, selecting the best toy for him or her could be the way out. Letting the toddler make the noise instead of the toy, giving them the only number of toys they need and playing games with them as their ‘toy’ can sort the problem simple and smart.
Ditch the Batteries
My first recommendation is to skip the batteries. The toy set itself is great! But the barn has batteries so that it can make noises. You don’t need the barn to make noises. You want your CHILD to make the noises! So…do like I do and just take them out.
Less is More
So here I have just listed some toy recommendations for you. But, the truth is that less is more. Your child does NOT need toys upon toys! In fact, too many toys can actually be a big negative. Believe it or not, children can get overwhelmed with too many toys and can end up moving quickly from one toy to another which can actually limit their play (and language) opportunities overall.
Sometimes the BEST Toys are not “Toys” at All!
You probably noticed that a few times I mentioned using things that aren’t traditional “toys” as toys (like making forts or using buckets for water play).
And sometimes YOU are the best toy for your child. Sing with him. Play patty-cake. Talk in a funny voice. Tell him stories. Be silly. Play hide and seek. Teach him finger plays. Play lap games.
From the complicated high-end techno-toys to the simple tool box, your kid can use their endless imagination to make the best use of anything around them that can be used for play. The more creative pre-school and school-age kids can make a good game play out of any toy they can lay their hands on.
Toys and games for preschoolers
Your preschooler is likely to enjoy anything that can be used for play-acting, like a toy tool box, old mobile phone or dress-up clothes. Your child’s imagination can turn cardboard boxes into lots of things, including a toy stove, letter box, car or boat.
You can make musical instruments with household objects – for example, plastic jars filled with rice or pasta can be used as shakers. Unbreakable bowls turned upside down become drums when your preschooler has a wooden spoon to bang with.
Toys and games for school-age kids
Your school-age child will probably have a clear idea of what he wants to play with. At this age, you can often be guided by your child’s requests or his particular interests.
Even if your child is keen on the latest techno-toy with all the electronic bells and whistles, classic and basic toys will always be popular. These include board games, books, art supplies, construction sets, jigsaw puzzles and outdoor toys like balls, cricket sets, bikes, skipping ropes and so on.
Child development is largely depended on childhood play. Toys and games’ motivation on various aspects are effective in the outcome of a kid’s social, cognitive and physical development. These, among other essential aspects gained at childhood, are basic for personal and inter-personal character development of a child during growth.
Toys promote children´s cognitive development by stimulating their concentration and memory skills (board games) and giving them the ability to solve problems creatively, which is key to their future autonomy (playing with building blocks). Cognitive development is important because it enables children to approach math and language skills in a way that´s fun for them.
Aside from improving children´s language skills, toys teach social skills and give them an understanding of the society they live in. Toys invite children to interact, first with adults and then with other children their age. The simple act of playing with another child challenges them to experience situations where important lessons are to be learned: respect, cooperation and sharing. Toys also motivate kids to take initiative, learn to negotiate and teach them how to get better organized.
Toys get children engaged in physical activity, by exercising their fine and gross motor skills. Whether they are coloring or dressing and undressing a doll, for example, children are using their sense of touch and sight (fine motor skills) while walkers, tricycles or toy cars boost their physiognomy (gross motor skills) and strengthen their arms and legs. Toys also help them discover balance and coordination and by being physically active, children avoid obesity and adopt a healthy life style.