Technology is everywhere, just take a look around. Actually, take a look at your pocket or at this screen, you’re looking at right now. Technology has brought many great things to us, and our lives are surrounded by it. Our children are also using it at home, at school, and pretty much everywhere nowadays. However, there are some negative impacts from technology overuse too, having serious consequences in our children’s lives. To get the best of digital devices, parents have to consider many aspects and use it in moderation, this is why this article is all about the benefits of toys.
The best toys engage a child's senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others. As they grow, infants can use toys to explore object permanence and cause and effect relationships. They also need objects such as blocks to help them build motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
Toys, like play itself, serve multiple purposes in both humans and animals. They provide entertainment while fulfilling an educational role. Toys enhance cognitive behavior and stimulate creativity. They aid in the development of physical and mental skills which are necessary in later life.
Research shows that learning through play is an important part of a child’s development. Though ensuring your child has enough play time is a great benefit to families to allow their children to release some extra energy, a child begins to find out who they are through play, even during infancy. Even early in development, a child’s mind is expanding just by looking at their environment and taking in their surroundings. The use of educational toys can help children learn many different skills they will need in their life such as:
- Problem solving and learning cause and effect
- Learning how to play with others through compromise, conflict resolution and sharing
- Development of fine and gross motor skills
- Nurturing their creativity and imagination
- Discovering their independence and positive self-esteem
Children can learn a lot from playing. When you give your child educational toys and play with them, it gives them a chance to bond with you, learn, and have fun at the same time. Making education enjoyable will help your child retain the things they learn and develop a positive attitude toward learning in general throughout their educational life.