Why is playing with toys important for kids?

Children are fond of toys. Only take a kid into a toy store if you have any questions about that. That kid’s definitely going to find a variety of things he thinks he really can’t do without. Toys are more than mere children’s fun and games. The majority of toys provide children with at least some ability to learn. The best toys engage the senses of a child, ignite their imaginations and inspire them to connect with others.

All experts agree: kids learn by playing and toys are the tools that allow them to explore the world in which they live. And that is exactly why they bond with their surroundings by toys. Plus, toys offer plenty of fun and joy, all of which help develop their self-esteem.

1. Emotional Growth.

Toys boost the imagination of children and help them communicate their feelings (internal and external). Whether it’s playing a part (acting out various roles, wearing costumes, etc or dolls, children are given the room to envision familiar scenarios (playing house, a day at the farm, a visit to the hospital…) or invent fantastic worlds that lead children to abstraction (action figures, universes of science fiction…)

Adults also prefer to equate the word toy with something they sell at the store,” but kids see toys, on the other hand, as the items used in their playing. Such products can be something actual, such as a set of keys, a pot, a toilet paper roll, or objects that can be transformed, such as clay, dough, paint. These resources all help teach children how to make choices when building a world in which they can play, as they help ignite their creativity.

2. Motor Skills.

By practicing their fine and gross motor abilities, toys get kids involved in physical activity. For example children use their sense of touch and sight (fine motor skills) when they color or dress and undress a doll, while walkers, tricycles or toy cars improve their physiognomy (gross motor skills) and strengthen their arms and legs. Toys also help them find equilibrium and coordination, and children prevent obesity and follow a healthier lifestyle by becoming physically active.

Toys have inspired children to use their feet and hands to explore shapes, colors and sounds ever since they were born. Toys allow them to be on the move until babies know how to sit and crawl. The baby will use its muscles to try to grab it if their favorite toy is out of control.

3. Developing Socially.

Aside from enhancing the language skills of children, toys teach social skills and give them an understanding of the world in which they live. Toys invite kids to communicate, first with adults and then with other kids their age. They are challenged by the simple act of playing with another child to encounter situations where valuable lessons are to be learned: respect, collaboration and sharing. Toys also inspire children to take the initiative, learn to negotiate, and show them how to manage themselves properly.

4. Cognitive Progression.

Toys encourage the cognitive growth of children by enhancing their abilities in attention and memory (board games) and giving them the opportunity to creatively solve problems, which is important to their potential autonomy (playing with building blocks). Cognitive development is important because it helps children to approach the abilities of mathematics and language in a way that is enjoyable for them.

If you don’t believe this just see how you turned out! =)

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  1. One of the things that I recall from Elementary School. Class rooms always had sectioned off play areas. This is something that my mom talk about from time time. Back then even in school playing with toys was a very important thing. This is a very good blog thank you for sharing.


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