What is a Toy?
Toys are products designed or intended (whether or not exclusively) for use in play by children up to 14 years old. Every child loves toys.
Parenting isn’t always an easy job. We all experience moments of uncertainty about how to balance the needs of our various family members, teach our kids the skills they need, provide consistent discipline, and manage our children’s moods (or our own, for that matter).
Characteristics of a Good Toy:
A good toy, game, book or software has multiple benefits and, as stated, can be a valuable tool in learning and development from birth through the school years. A good toy is the one which:
- Is age appropriate.
- Has a good play value.
- Is simple, fun and inspiring.
- Is sturdy and well made.
- Is safe to play.
- Is challenging but not frustrating.
- Is according to child’s taste, talent, interest and abilities.
- Is fascinating, have good colours & textures, size etc.
- Can be played in many ways.
- Challenges a child to perform, think, or feel.
- Contributes to the development of a child's physical, mental, social, language and emotional skills.
What are Educational Toys?
Educational toys help in development of child’s motor, social & cognitive skills. They also help in his/her creativity and language skills. They can be divided into several groups, depending on the part of the child they help to develop.
- Toys for physical or muscle development such as wagons, bikes, boxes, puzzles and blocks.
- Toys for sensory (touch, sight, sound, taste, smell) development such as water toys, musical instruments, bubbles, play dough, and sand toys.
- Toys for make-believe and social development such as dolls, dress-up clothes, cars, trucks, Kitchen & Dr. sets, puzzles and books.
- Toys for creative and intellectual development such as clay, crayons, paints, books, memory and matching games.
- Construction Products, which develop dexterity & building skills.
- Board Games- help them to cooperate & learn with their friends.
- Puppets & soft toys, help in develop language skills & eye-hand coordination.
How are toys important?
Research says, “Children who don’t play and are rarely touched have brains that are 20% to 30% smaller than their counterparts. Toys stimulate 25% more brain synapses per neuron.”
- Toddlers learn how to talk, sit up, walk, run, what things are and how they work, learn about people and the world by playing with toys.
- Develop child’s first sense of colour, shape, size & weight
- Help them to exercise their muscles.
- Help them to develop concentration skill, decision making.
- Absorb messages from toys through all stages of their growth.
- The coordination and balance they practice are developed easily through toys.
- Toys invite them to create and use their imaginations.
- Develop communication and social skills.
- They gain self-confidence as they play with toys.
- Help them to get energy and discover emotions.
- Toys also are useful as a way to deal with working through emotional conflict or anger.
- Help them to gain an understanding of the world.
- Help them to develop essential skills before beginning the school.
- Help them to enhance their ability to solve problems.