Year after year companies introduce new lines of toys and games for children. Over the years it seems like companies have been in a race to produce gizmos and gadgets that are shinier, louder, smarter, and more impressive than ever before. But do these more advanced toys provide the educational value that developing minds need?
There are many reasons why parents should be paying attention to the educational value of the toys that their children play with. In this day and age, the latest and greatest must-have toy on the market can leave parents spending a lot of money without getting much educational value in return.
Here are five reasons why the educational value of your kids’ toys matter:
They Teach Children About the World Around Them
As humans we are born knowing nothing but how to perform basic bodily functions. Everything that a child knows they have learned by watching the world around them – and by playing with toys. When a child drops a block and watches it fall to the floor, she is learning about gravity. They also learn about letters and numbers, animals, climates, people, and countries they have never visited through various toys, books, and games.
They Help Them Learn Balance and Coordination
Playing on a jungle gym or building a tower with blocks helps children develop muscle control and coordination while having fun. Outside toys such as bikes, scooters, and t-ball sets also help children develop hand eye coordination and learn balance.
They Encourage Creativity
Educational toys are a great way to spark a child’s creativity and imagination. Playing “pretend” is a part of healthy development in children and educational toys encourage this.
They Help Build Self-Esteem
Playing with toys can help children gain self-confidence. As a child completes a puzzle or successfully builds a tower out of blocks, she will feel accomplished and proud of herself. This helps children grow a healthy concept of themselves.
They Help Develop Social Skills
Playing with toys with other children can help a child develop their social skills. Playing with toys in a social setting encourages children to learn how to interact with other kids in a healthy manner by getting along and sharing with one another.
Doing your research before purchasing is a good way to ensure that the toys you are buying for your kids this Christmas will provide the educational value that they need.
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