Orlene Eline June 1, 2021 Kids Toys
Toys are really important in different stages of a child‘s development. It is up to the grown‐ups to figure out which toys are appropriate for the child‘s age as well as to ascertain that the toys are safe for use. There are still many skills that a child can learn through playing with his educational toys, but one thing is for certain ‐ the key player in his growth is still human interaction. According to Marilyn Segal, Ph.D., dean emeritus and director of the professional development program at Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the most important toy is the parent and other caregivers because babies crave one‐on‐one social interaction and need the security it provides.
Kids love toys, there‘s no doubt about that. Just to watch the look on their little faces when they are presented with a new toy is worth all the gold on earth. Kid‘s toys are not only for play, toys teach little kids so many things life and are only miniature models of life size items they would have to deal when they are adults. A little boy who loves an electric car might take it apart to see how it works. He could one day become a great mechanical engineer or even a race car driver. A little girl who plays with pots and pans and dolly tea sets might turn out to be good doctor or nurse or even a housewife who knows how to look after her family.
Experts say that playing with toys is essential to a child‘s development starting from the infant stage. Kids‘ toys like rattles, mobiles, toy teethers, and key rings help babies connect sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell to objects. Rattles do help them learn about cause and effect not to mention introduce colors and shapes. Color and shape recognition, spatial relationship awareness, hand‐eye coordination, and other motor skills are exercised through playing with educational toys that were made specifically to enhance those skills. There are also kids‘ toys that enhance the kids‘ imagination and creativity. Some toys even teach them patience (think floor puzzles) and reinforce the concept of hygiene (think bath and tub toys).
The first rule while buying toys is to select the area of interest of child. If child has a tendency to jump all over the place, it wouldn‘t be a bad idea to get him or her trampoline. Climbing frames is yet another recommended toy and browsing the internet will get you still acquainted to a larger variety of toys. But while buying these toys, the very first question you will need to ask yourself is whether those toys are safe. If you aren‘t sure about its safety then inquire to a toy expert about the same or get in touch with the manufacturers of the product.
We could tell them that taking care of their toy is like us taking care of them. But let us be worthy models for our kids. If our kids see us not organized with our own stuff how could they follow us if we do not practice what we preach?
It‘s a fact that the life expectancy of kids toys are short but we have to face the reality; with the high pricing cost of basic commodities nowadays it is really not practical for us to buy toys frequently to replace broken ones. It is therefore important that we teach our kids how to maintain their toys. We know that at one point those toys will be broken but what we could do is to extend the life span of those toys.
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