Since the dawn of time children have been using toys and games to communicate and learn. The power of toys has not passed without observation from people over the centuries, clearly playing an important role in a child’s development.
In a previous blog Wicken Toys took you through the history of children’s toys from the early board games that helped children to learn strategy and get them to use their brains to think right on through to the adventurous outdoor toys that helped them to actively discover and explore.
If children’s toys have been around for this long then it is clear that they have a value in the lives of the young and in the eyes of parents.
But the real question is; why?
Why do toys help children or benefit them? As we get older we forget about how we were when we were young.
The kind of games that children play at the preschool age influences their brains to such an extent that it can start the gestation of what they will find interesting and what they will be drawn to as they get older. For instance, some children unconsciously discover what they are good at too! The beginning of learning takes flight once children find out how to use toys and their body and mind to use them. From playing games children learn about distance, size, speed and height which become the foundation bases for maths and science knowledge.
What’s key is that playing with toys, interacting in games and playing with indoor and outdoor toys stimulates their minds and their bodies into asking questions, figuring out how things work and then applying what they have learnt to doing something active with the toy/game. Many parents don’t realise how pivotal this stage of learning is. Preschool is incredibly important to development in a child.
Children who have these experiences at this young age develop an enjoyment and a confidence about tackling problems both mathematical and practical. This is something everybody goes through and depending on how active you are in your child’s learning and playtime; it can have bigger implications down the road. Encourage this stimulation and support your child’s imagination, creativity and playtime with as much enthusiasm and support as possible.
Another important part of this development stage in young children is interaction with others. Playtime and toys help children to learn social skills, communication techniques and the ability to relate.
We have a wide range of outdoor toys with different applications that can contribute to this process and help children to achieve better development. For more information on ur ranges please feel free to browse our site or Contact Us.
We will continue our exploration of toys and their role in a child’s learning, growth, development and communication in a follow-up blog.