Playing with the right childrens educational toys is probably one of the best ways to learn... for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. In fact, specific groups of toys are known to stimulate development of specific skills. So, when you engage children's curiosity and desire to have fun, learning comes naturally.
Let's look at some of the skills you can develop and improve by choosing the right group of toys
Motor skills are some of the first skills that children learn. Gross motor skills are those that involve using a large number of muscles to make big movements, such as rolling over, crawling, running and jumping.
Many childrens educational toys are good for developing fine motor skills... that's developing smaller movements, usually those of the hands and fingers.
Construction, building and wooden blocks, toy castles, stacking rings, soft blocks as well as puzzles are some of the simplest and best. In fact, almost any small toy can encourage the refinement of fine motor skills.
Many children's educational toys concentrate on cognitive development. This includes things like remembering, problem solving and decision making. These skills are essential for success in school and all other aspects of life.
Any activity that requires imagination has the potential to encourage problem solving and decision making skills. Board games such as Memory and Bop It can help a child develop his memory. Adults might even benefit from playing them with their children.
Social skills are learned through play with other children. Sharing and teamwork are two examples. These skills begin to develop in the preschool years. Proper development of social skills lays the foundation for good relationships with family and peers.
The same blocks and puzzles that help children develop fine motor skills can be used by a group of children to promote the development of social skills. Children can work together to build something or solve the puzzle. They can share blocks with each other. They learn to enjoy one another's company.
Two more types of toys I like for encouraging social interaction are playhouses and pool toys.
I believe kids should be given every opportunity to develop all skills and talents. Surely one of the easiest and fun ways to achieve this goal is to allow playing with and using carefully selected childrens educational toys. So, rather than merely choosing the next best toy, let's make an informed decision next time.