EDUCATIONAL TOYS: PROMOTING LEARNING THROUGH PLAYING

EDUCATIONAL TOYS: PROMOTING LEARNING THROUGH PLAYING

Toys play an important role in the development of kids. This is why it is important to be critical about the type of toys you buy for them. Remember that learning happens best through playing. It is for this reason that parents are strongly advised to add a significant amount of educational toys to their young one’s collections.

==Abstract==

This piece takes a brief look at some of these toys, how they can be beneficial to the skills development of the child, and a general visual description of each. Hopefully the next time you visit the local toy shop, you will be inspired to get your young hero something more than just an action figure.

==Magnetic Building Block Tile Set==

These are puzzle pieces made from non-toxic plastic. They are designed to stick to one another using magnets. The pieces in the set consist of different colors of the spectrum.

Individual pieces have their own distinct shapes such as squares & triangles. The child should be able to identify different shapes and colors as h/she puts them together.

There are also number tiles included in the set; they are also able to fit into each other to create a logical sequence to encourage analytical thinking.

The best part about this set is that all the small distinct shapes can be used to create one bigger shape. For example, you can use small squares with different colors to create a bigger cube.

EDUCATIONAL TOYS: PROMOTING LEARNING THROUGH PLAYING

==Augmented Reality Globe==

This one should help your child develop interest in different places on the globe. The set features small animals & play pieces that fit at specific continents and countries on the globe.

For instance, a small kangaroo can be associated with the country Australia. For the younger one who is still getting there, a picture is drawn on the country to show where every animal is found.

These two parts should give h/her an idea of the different animals that roam the Earth and where they originate from. Secondly, placing each of them on the globe will help the child identify where different countries are relative to their own.

The last piece provides them with a sheet of different flags and names of the countries they represent. This three piece set provides geological and tourism based knowledge to your children and stimulates more curiosity about the planet we live in.

==Playing & Interactions==

Since these are educational pieces, it is strongly advised that the parent becomes involved in the play. Playing with puzzle pieces may require some level of knowledge.

Helping your child with some challenges will encourage h/ her to upgrade and develop skills in mathematics, language, and social matters such as different cultures of people in different countries.

==Final Thought==

Children are drawn to every toy they come across in the toy shop. But they don’t always pick the ones that will help them develop useful skills. Which sort of video games would your six year old pick if given a choice?

This is why it is important to become involved in one way or the other. It is possible that you may end up learning a thing or two from some of those pieces.

BEST TOYS FOR AN INFANT AND TODDLER

BEST TOYS FOR AN INFANT AND TODDLER

Introduction

All babies from infants to toddlers love to play. By the way, in this article, an infant means a baby that is reaching 1 year of age, whereas toddler means baby from 1-4 years old. Babies of this age love to explore their surroundings and learn new things. They love to exercise all five senses: smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight. The focus is just playing and having fun every day.

Fortunately, there is a wide range of toys that can satisfy and help babies to learn and develop these days. We will touch on some of the most popular ones.

Playgyms

PLAYGYMSPlay gyms are great for your toddler and infant. It provides a very enriching environment for your baby to learn and discover since it has a three-dimensional play space. Most of them come with souds colors and lights so that they can encourage your baby perfom the coordinated movements and exercise all their senses.

Riding Toys

The riding toys are arguably toddlers which have supply of energy that is endless and also the desire to continue moving around. Toddlers get more interest with the riding toys because they can push them with their feet as compared to those that need to be moved with peddles. They also give rocking riding toys much love,

Dolls and Stuffed Animals

Dolls and stuffed animals are also great toys for infants and toddlers. Young children like to imitate, these toys offer them a chance to model people’s behaviors and develop their people skills. For example, your baby might imitate feeding or rock a doll.

BEST TOYS FOR AN INFANT AND TODDLER

Solid Wooden Block Toys

Solid wooden block set that comes with a wide assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors are great educational toys. It helps your baby to develop shape and color recognition, sorting skills and manual dexterity. Your baby can also use blocks to develop his or her tower building skill.

Musical Toys

MUSICAL TOYS

Babies love music and love it, even more, when they can make the music themselves. Musical toys will keep them entertained while helping them develop skills in distinguishing sounds and finding music patterns. Some baby music set even come with a drum, trumpet, and tambourine that can help spark your child’s imagination and provide a great fun learning experience.

Electronic Baby Toys

Baby toys have gone electronic today. Electronic baby toys such as infant computers and toy mobile phones really help to build the baby’s imagination as well as to fine-tune their hand-eye and motor coordination skills. A toy mobile phone helps babies model the discussions they hear around them and practice their expanding vocabulary. When they imagine calling people on a phone, they are developing their speech and social skills as well.

With an endless array of toys for infants and toddlers, the only problem for parents is how to narrow down the list. Put safety first when choosing toys for your little one. Whatever toys you choose, they have to pass the appropriate safety standard. You don’t want to risk the safety of your baby.

Sometimes when you look at the whole range of baby toys available today and you wish you were baby once again :