When gift-giving time comes around, either Christmas or a birthday, give a thought to buying a present that will last a long time and boost the learning process for child or children in your life. Educational toys take advantage of a child’s natural inclination to learn and encourages them to explore their world and develop new skills.
Play is a natural part of the learning process for children, especially very young ones. When they are born, children have a natural intelligence to process incoming data, but they don’t have the facts or information to compare what is coming in with what they have experienced before.
Toys may just seem like fun for the child (we hope so as this is what we want for them), but they are really educational because the child can learn while they enjoy the time spent with the toy. Play time is learning time for children; learning about the world around them and how things work, what seems to bring good results and what seems to be not so good.
It will start with basics like the sounds they hear from family, pets, household noises like speech, water running, saucepans rattling and outside noises like other animals, traffic and weather. Then there is tactile learning, the feel of objects in the home, a fluffy blanket, the smooth surface of their plate and the grass or bricks outside. Let them smell a scented flower, smell their food and drink or any other scent in the home. This helps them to develop and appreciate all their senses.
Infant educational toys will incorporate some of these experiences to help the child relate their play learning with the world around them. You can help by exposing your little one to real life situations that they learn about in their books or games. For example, for a toddler, let them help you make the bed and feel the different textures in the bedding. Have them with you when you are washing so they can see soap suds (kids love these), if you don’t have a lawn or a garden, take them to the park and spend some time there.
If you are wanting to develop attitudes or traits in your child, you can do two things that will help, give them educational toys and let them see that you do those same actions yourself. For example, if you want your child to read more, you need to have books in your home and you have to actually read them so that your child sees you reading them. The old “do what I say, not what I do” will not work for little children. They will do whatever it is that they see the people around them doing. That is how they learn.
When children are exposed to educational toys and games, it expands their world and they will embrace learning more readily and feel comfortable with it. There are many good quality learning games and systems available, so it is worth investing in one of them to help your child’s development.