The natural way for a child to learn is through play. For children, play and learning go hand in hand; they will benefit from learning situations that are enjoyable. By using building blocks, working with puzzles and stringing toys, and matching colors, textures, and shapes, children gain essential skills that enable them to learn to read, write, and count.
Children will invent their own games and toys, but well-designed toys can provide stimuli for exploring and discovering new things. Toys don’t have to be expensive or complicated. The best toys are the ones that fascinate the child and to which they will return again and again. Often times, a household item will provide your child with the type of toys he needs to ensure future intellectual performance – no need to buy even an educational toy.
Provide a stimulating environment
One of the ways to encourage your child’s development is to encourage creative play in a nurturing environment. The way you display your child’s toys largely determines whether or not they will be played with. Toys that are stacked are unattractive, while toys arranged in small scenes sometimes encourage even other creative arrangements.
It helps if there are spaces to play, particularly activity areas, like a painting table and some place where you can splash with water. An interesting environment should not be limited only to the interior. If you have a garden, fill it with the right equipment, such as a swing, slide, and even a small play hill, all of which stimulate your child’s imagination.
Parents are sometimes frustrated when they spend hours choosing the safest, most colorful, fun, and even educational toy for their child, only to find that it will hold on to their old toy. It is almost impossible to choose the “best toy” for your child. The one that suits you best is the one that fascinates you incessantly, and to which you will return gaining more and more encouragement and enjoyment and will provide you with the greatest learning experience.
The less formed and more basic a toy is, the more possibilities it leaves for a child’s imagination and can help their creativity, more than a very expensive dressed doll that can only be a character.
One of the most important things to remember is that children change very quickly, especially in the first 3 years, and that a toy that entertains a two-month-old does not entertain a two-year-old. As they develop, they need different stimuli, and the choice of toys should reflect these needs. The chosen toy must be age appropriate. If it is too advanced, you will not know how to play with it properly and you will not enjoy it. If on the other hand it is too primitive, it will get bored easily. The toys should stimulate the 5 senses: vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Once you have decided on the appropriate type of toy for him, there are a few more things to consider as well. Is it completely safe? Is it stimulating? Does it have play value? It’s fun? For example, a bag of bricks is a “good” toy to buy because it can be enjoyed at different ages with pleasure and will stimulate imaginative and active play. Toys that fit or fit together teach children that they can deftly change appearance.
Safety is also a very important consideration when choosing or making a toy. You should not only check for dangerous design flaws when purchasing, but also check for flaws at regular intervals. It is impossible to provide a child with a totally safe environment. However, you should take sensible safety precautions and satisfy your curiosity with safe indoor toys. Your children should always be properly supervised and you should never let them play alone outdoors.
Using household items to make toys
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to provide him with the best toy money can buy. A quick glance around the kitchen can give your child hours of exciting fun.
Plastic food containers are the most versatile household toys. Different sized plastic containers can be used to hold take out games. Put a few dried beans in a tightly closed container and you have rattle pans with wooden spoons to create drum kits.
Dried legumes can be pasted onto card stock to make kitchen collages. Vegetables like potatoes and carrots can be made into printing blocks.
Toilet paper rolls with a little decoration make finger puppets. Hand puppets can also be made from paper bags. Empty cotton spools when threaded together make a good pull toy, especially if they are painted to look like a caterpillar.
Avoid television in young children
Television has a hypnotic and numbing effect on children, distancing them from the direct experiences of their own world that are necessary for their development. Television reduces the amount of social contact with parents, which is important for social and language development.
Books and reading
A unique way that a parent can enrich a child’s environment is to have books around the house. Words are crucial to the functioning of our brain. Books provide children with words to express feelings, ideas, and thoughts. They explain the world you live in. They provide the tool for imaginative play, present ideas, and are fun.
Try to read to your child every day, or even several times a week and preferably at the same time. Choose books that are visually appealing with illustrations. Children like photos of people, places, and events with which they are familiar.
Fairy tales are fascinating for children and they will learn to distinguish between the real and the unreal. They also encourage abstract thoughts and creative thinking.
The vocabulary should be easy to understand and the print should be large. Run your finger over the footprint, but don’t force it to follow it. Point out things in the pictures. Reread books to your child, especially if he asks you to. Do not stop reading to him even if he begins to read alone. Teach him to take care of books. Store books on low shelves in your room, as this will encourage searching and you will always have a variety on hand.