Did you know that your little goober is a little explorer who mainly learns by doing? The best way of doing this is by playing with toys. Toys give toddlers a great opportunity to practice and develop news skills and nurture their unique skills. So how do you choose which gifts are right for your child? This article offers some ideas for choosing toys that will grow with your child, challenge her, and nurture her thinking, physical, language, and social-emotional skills.
Toys give toddlers a great opportunity to practice and develop news skills and nurture their unique skills
While most parents think that choosing a great toy for your kids is an easy task, it is actually challenging. There are many indispensible factors to take into consideration. Since there is a wide variety to choose from, the choice is even harder. How can you ascertain which one is safe and better for your kid? This brief but detailed article will guide you on how to choose the best toys for your kids:
Go for versatile toys
The last thing any parent needs to purchase is a toy that will only keep the kid engaged for a short time and then lose interest in it completely. Children develop very fast mentally meaning that what intrigues them today may not be interesting to them tomorrow. To solve this challenge, go for toys that a toddler can use in a variety of ways. A versatile toy is open-ended in the sense that your little one can play with it in a variety of ways.
For instance, chunky plastic or wooden interlocking blocks are a great choice because they engage a kid’s creativity. They can be used to make a house, road or even spaceship. Open ended toys will help improve cognitive skills such as: logical thinking, problem solving and creativity.
Children develop very fast mentally meaning that what intrigues them today may not be interesting to them tomorrow
Choose toys that will grow with your child
Have you ever bought a toy that excites your kid on the first day and within a week they barely look at it? It is because kids lose interest in toys as they grow, you need one that will intrigue them as they develop mentally.
No matter how financially stable a parent is, the last thing anyone wants is to buy new toys every week. The best way to spare yourself the financial pain is by choosing toys that will grow with your toddler.
Select toys that encourage problem-solving, exploration and creativity
Play will give kids the opportunity to practice new exciting skills over and over again. For instance a puzzle toys will help them try to figure out how to solve challenging problems. Apart from a little guidance and coaching, give them a chance to play independently. This way you are raising a creative soul and persistent problem solver. Additionally, these toys engage your child physiologically helping build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Great examples include; nesting blocks, puzzles and art materials such as play dough, paint and crayons.
Play will give kids the opportunity to practice new exciting skills over and over again
A toy worth buying will spark your toddler’s imagination
By the time your little goober is a toddler you probably know them extremely well. This means that you know exactly what sparks their imagination. Look for a toy that will help your child build and develop creativity.
For instance, pretend play is extremely important in helping a child develop problem-solving skills and the ability to develop and recognize patterns. Great examples include blocks, dress-up clothing, stuffed animals and en action figures.
Give your toddler the opportunity to play with ‘real toys’
Real here means those that resemble the real things. For instance, go for stuffed animals that take the form of real animals. For instance if you feel they are at the right age to learn about wild animals then stuffed toys of giraffes and lions are a great choice. #
An indication that they are ready to play with this kind of toy is when they start being interested in your cell phone and other electronic appliances around the home. Great examples include toy keys, toy musical instruments, plastic food and dishes, toy cell phone and child size dustpans, brooms and mops.
As they get older toss in ‘getting ready to read toys’
Help your child develop an interest in words and reading by investing in toys that will introduce them to the alphabet. These include colorful books, art supplies such as crayons, markers and finger-paints, as well as magnetic alphabet letters. These are fun for your kids to play with and also start familiarizing with print, letters and text.
Seek out a toy that will motivate your kid to be active
As toddlers get physically stronger they need to engage in more challenging physical activities that will help enhance their motor skills. When they are able to perform physically challenging activities they become more confident in their bodies.
This confidence that you instill early in life will come in handy when they are teenagers dealing with bullying and self-esteem issues. Seek out toys that help your kids practice and even develop new physical skills. This is the best time to buy a bicycle, scooter with the appropriate gear, gardening tools and even a wagon to pull and push.
Choose toys that nurture and motivate cross-generational play
board games encourage playing together, memorizing, counting as well as listening skills
While there are some toys that are specifically designed for specific ages, others are appropriate for persons of different ages. As your kid approaches 3 there are some easy board games that can help them play with other kids. Such board games encourage playing together, memorizing, counting as well as listening skills. Playing together as a family will also help inculcate the skill of gracious winning. This is your chance to teach your toddler how to lose gracefully.
By the time your kid is a toddler you know them quite well. Go for toys that are helping them to develop physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.