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Why Educational Toys Are Important?

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Educational Toys

Educational toys are important because they help children develop a wide range of skills which are essential for them to perform simple tasks for when they grow older. Children’s formative years are some of the most important moments of their life. During this time period, little kids explore their surroundings and try to figure out how things work and operate.

The first five years are the most crucial and important because these years will provide a strong and great impact on how children will become and how they will be able to learn a set of developmental skills. During the child's formative years, it is important to aid and provide children some sets of learning and educational tools. These tools are in the form of toys, specifically, educational toys.

Early developmental toys are great for cognitive and emotional development as well. These toys help children build the confidence and self-esteem they need to be able to interact with other people. It also strengthens a child’s way of thinking to build a stronger and tougher mental capacity.

Choosing the right toys for your child is just as important. Age-appropriate toys are specifically designed to maximize a child’s development potential at a certain age and these toys are made with your child’s safety in mind. For instance, toys for ages 3 and below have no detachable parts that are potential choking hazards.

Sensory Development

Learning through play is highly encouraged during a child’s formative years because children at this age start to explore their surroundings and try to make sense of the world around them. You can maximize your child’s learning potential by buying educational toys that stimulate learning.

From one month up to one year, children can already benefit from educational toys. Educational toys such as the Tidlo Touch and Feel Farm have the perfect chunky sized toys that children can use their tactile sensory senses. Toys featuring bright colours help with a child’s visual sensory development while toys that produce gentle sounds like Plan Toys Rhythm Box help with auditory development.

At age 6 months onwards, children begin to use their hands to manipulate about almost anything they can get their hands on. So it’s highly recommended to buy toys that are tactile and soft for the development of your child’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Valuable Life Lessons

While playing either solo or in the company of others, children learn a lot of skills and lessons. These lessons can be vital in their life and in their future. Valuable life lessons such as cause and effect relationships can be learned from educational toys. Building block and stacking games are perfect educational tools that will help children understand simple lessons in life.

Examples of these toys are the Plan Toys Stacking Game and the Grimms Piling Game Moon Houses.

Social and Emotional Skills

Educational toys are great for teaching kids emotional and social skills. Playing will help children interact with other children, take turns, share and lead. These are all part of a child’s social skills. A child that learns to socialize will have a boost of self-confidence and pride. He/she may also learn to sympathize and understand other people’s feelings.

Educational toys will also build a child’s nurturing skills which will pave way in becoming more sensitive to other people and in giving respect.

Cognitive skills

Educational toys help children improve their way of thinking, analysis and memory. All of these are part of the cognitive skill set. Grimms 5 Math Friends, Pirate Tic-Tac-Toe and the Plan Toys Mini Tin Memo Game all have one thing in common: they provide growth for the child’s cognitive skills. These toys will help a child develop problem-solving skills, IQ, memory retention and literacy. Even the child’s numeracy will also be developed.

Communication Skills

Educational toys are also amazing at fostering a child’s speech and communication. As a child socializes, she learns how to express herself effectively through speech. Through communication, children will be able to understand other people’s situation and even help them be understood.

Plan Toys Leaf Magnifier will help a child learn and communicate with their experiments and exploration. Plan Toys My First Calendar is another educational toy where children can be able to tell the date.

Communication skills are very important because these set of skills help a child become more independent and build self-esteem.

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