Posts Tagged ‘Toys’

Are Traditional Wooden Toys Still As Good For Baby, Toddler, And Child Development As Modern Toys

March 7th, 2021

With so many different toys on the market it is not surprising that choosing a toy for a baby, toddler or child can become unnecessarily confusing. It seems that unless a toy can buzz, flash, beep and grab your attention in some kind of weird and wonderful way then it is in danger of no longer deserving its shelf space. So where does this leave the traditional toys of yesteryear? Have things moved on so far that they no longer have any educational value? Have they finally past their sell by date?

To answer this question it is important to understand the basics of newborn, toddler and child development.

Cognitive development

Cognitive development focuses on how children learn and process information. The development of the mind involves language, mental imagery, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and memory development. All of these are skills which need to be learned by the child as cognitive development is not an automatic process. Colour and shape sorters, stackers and puzzles are ideal tools to help develop cognitive skills from an early age as well as eye-hand coordination. Whilst there are many fine examples of modern, battery operated toys suited to developing these skills you can’t beat the simple traditional educational wooden toys that have been around for years.

Fine Motor skills

Fine Motor skills can be defined as small muscle movements: those that occur in detailed hand to eye coordination such as picking a small object up from the floor. Teaching fine motor skills requires patience and understanding. They also take time and practice to acquire and are built upon four key skills: Grasping/holding objects, reaching out to objects, releasing objects deliberately, and rotating the wrist in different directions. Excellent traditional wooden toys to develop fine motor skills include shape sorters, playing with wooden puppets or dolls, and wooden puzzles.

Gross Motor skills

Gross Motor skills involve the larger muscles in the arms, legs and body, for example to walk, run, throw, lift and kick. These skills also relate to body awareness, reaction, speed, balance and strength. Traditional toys which help stimulate gross motor development include toys with hammers such as ball pounders or diy sets, skipping ropes and ride on toys.

Social skills

As a child develops from being a baby through its toddler years it is important that it acquires good social skills and what better way to learn these than through imaginative role play both independently and with other children. Ideal toys to encourage this important aspect of development include child friendly equivalents of all kinds of domestic tools that mum, dad and other carers use around the house, or elsewhere, such as wooden kitchen equipment, tool boxes, musical instruments, phones, tills etc.

In conclusion a good toy will stimulate the sense of sight, sound, and touch and help cultivate motor, social, and cognitive skills as well as eye-hand coordination. And, the old favorite traditional wooden toys can stand proudly next to their modern counterparts in helping with baby, toddler and child development. And, what is more, they won’t cost a fortune in batteries to maintain!

Baby Toddler Toys

January 7th, 2021

Everyone needs a hobby, but when you are just a baby toddler, habits are limited. This is why it is always every parent’s desire to buy toys for their children. Toys bring the happiness of children, knowing they can manipulate and play with whatever they have. Baby toddler toys are usually very colorful, and the baby gets to experience different visions while he or she is growing up.

Having little or tight money should not be an excuse for the parent not to buy a toy for his or her children. There are a variety of toys that can be found very cheap; some toys can even be free. Many children that turn to teenagers do not need their toys lying around the house; therefore donations are always happening all around you. Even some broken toys are playable but not noticeable by children.

The parent earns a lot of love when they introduce the baby toddler with a new toy. The child is always happy when the parent introduces them with a new toy; the child will then later realize that parents do want his happiness and like seeing them happy. Toys can also be a great punishment. When a child misbehaves, a parent can take away the toy. This shows the child that playing time is over as soon as a rule is being broken. This always encourages the child not to break the rule in order to stay on the safe side; playing with his or her toys.

There are many different toys for baby toddlers. One of the most common ones are the little cars that a child can ride on. Characters like the Chu-chu train or just plain cars make the child really inspired about driving when they are older. Although disturbing at times, toys that make a lot of noise show the baby different sounds they have not heard before and this really keeps them interested and playing for quite a while. This is why parents are suggested to buy different toys every once in a while. Toy sounds such as the baby hearing the different animal can be real educational for the child and makes him or her more knowledge towards knowing what animal is what, and how each animal sounds to them.

Puzzle games are also very suggested for parents who want their children to be educated well, and have fun at the same time. Puzzles can really have the child thinking and can teach them patience between knowing which puzzle goes where. It can also introduce many different images to the child. Puzzles can introduce art, and can inspire them to draw and paint more in kindergarten.

Stuffed animals are also great for baby toddlers, especially female babies. This introduces a great new level for the female child. It shows them how to take care of a baby, and introduces them a great knowledge of motherhood. Not only that, but it is also cute for the parent to see a child holding on to her stuffed animal before going to bed.

So, remember, never doubt the toys’ importance and different toys can serve different purposes depending on your choice. Choose safely and wisely; but most of all, may your children enjoy the childhood memories.