Updated: December 2023,
Have you ever sat and watched a child at play? You may have sat there wondering what they were thinking as they spun a toy or pushed a soft square block into a round cup. One thing you may not have considered is that while the child sits there playing, they are also learning about the world they live in. Each toy they play with is another way to interact with material things that exist in their world.
As they grow older, they learn to manipulate items and find uses for nearly everything they have in their toy bin. The type of toys they have to play with will have a large role in how they learn to solve problems, and each will stimulate the child’s natural curiosity.
They will learn that some things fit together easily, while others do not. It’s during this time that they’ll be making internal associations on how these different objects either complement or discourage one another.
Toys can be the perfect early learning tools you need to get your child started in the right direction to develop early cognitive skills that will be beneficial throughout the rest of his life. Choosing toys that are made to help your child learn while they are at play is a choice that will help your child get a boost early in life.
If you would like to help your child play and learn at the same time, you can find a wide variety of toys that do just this. Before you go to your local toy store or department store, you may want to look online and see what types of toys are recommended for your child’s age.
Not only can this save you time, it can also let you find out if any toys have been put on a recall list. You should make sure you know where the toy recall list is posted wherever you buy toys. Most stores have them listed next to the restrooms or in the layaway section and toy websites usually have a prominent link to their recall list.
Toys that stimulate the mind while being played with are the best choice for your early learning playtime. Toys that include things like the alphabet and the sounds animals make are considered to be learning toys.
Some toys are made to teach children how to function in every day life, such as toys with buttons, laces, Velcro and snaps can teach them how to dress themselves as they learn to manipulate each closure.
The amount of time your child will spend playing in his lifetime can be used to also help him learn more about himself and the world around him. By carefully choosing which toys your child plays with, you can help stimulate the natural desire to explore new things, and master new skills with which all children are born. Early learning can be fun, exciting and educational. Best of all, it’s a type of learning that children love!