Understanding the Link Between Toys and Toddler Development
When it comes to toddler development, the toys you have your toddler play with are going to make a difference. When your baby has grown out of their ball and rattles, it is time to get them some more complicated toys to keep them amused and stimulate their thinking and reasoning skills.
Don’t overlook traditional toys for aiding toddler development. A favorite type of traditional toy of mine is a pull along. These have been available for a long time, but have also come a long way. They used to be a duck that made noises as you pulled it along, as those of us who are older may remember, but today the duck is just the tip of the iceberg. There are now chickens, which have chicks trailing behind them, lions, and even crocodiles.
Another popular traditional toy is a train set. These are perfect for toddlers and are great fun. And while your little one may think they are playing, they are also using and refining their motor skills.
Modern toys such as electronic games are very popular, however, they do not encourage children to play together. They also do everything that is needed for the child, which means they don’t need to imagine much. Many young children may spend hours sitting in front of the TV, which can inhibit their imagination and social skills. Instead, it might be a good idea to only allow your child to watch limited amounts of TV each day.
Although every toy encourages learning in a different way, there are also toys that are specifically designed for learning, and you can use these toys to teach skills, reasoning, and just how to play. The whole experience can be very rewarding.
If you think about it, toys and development aren’t really that difficult to understand. Try to choose the ones where your children have to use their imagination to make things come alive and further their toddler development.
What do you think?