The average American adult has a history of toys during childhood. Whether parents are wealthy, educated, and meticulous enough to provide toys for their growing children is seldom a limiting factor, as most underprivileged children often find a way around the absence of sophisticated playthings; by being creative with random items found in their vicinity.
The average child will play with whatever it can find, especially those that excite his/her senses. Toddlers, for example, find items with bright colors; sweet smell; makes sonorous sounds; and as you must have guessed, some children might even explore further by doing an oral examination of such object(s) that has caught their fancy. The era of industrial and technological advancements has made the mass production of playthings like dolls, lego bricks, puzzles, replicas (of cars, buildings, spaceships, name it) an industry to reckon with.
So long as it could be used as an object of play, almost any item would qualify as a toy. In reality, studies have shown that the psycho-motive and cognitive development of a child can be tremendously influenced by the things they get exposed to during childhood. Little wonder that parents who are financially buoyant and well abreast of the impact playthings could have on the children; go out of their ways in providing elaborate toys that make a child’s playtime seem like a day at the office while making the entire experience fun.
Tips for choosing toys for toddlers
Children are naturally curious because, in a bid to understand objects, spaces, and ideas, it is not uncommon to find them pulling things apart or strapping them together. They try to make unlikely combinations or get a simple idea of why an item behaves the way it does. So as not to make your house a store of playthings that will, in the long run, become a burden; you might want to take a pause. It is only reasonable to consider your wallet, intended results with your child, and, most importantly, the safety of the toy that has just caught your attention through the display window of the Toy R Us store in your locality.
Some benefits of providing appropriate playthings for children
Toys come in different categories based on some factors like sex, age, and identified special needs of the children.
Schools and nurseries with toys that allow children to exercise and improve their psycho-motive and cognitive abilities will achieve better results in terms of developing the IQ of children in their care, and that at relatively early ages.
With infants that are less than a year old, toys like tripods, squeaky balls, musical mobiles, books with colorful drawings, and rattles will help them adapt to their environment; the toys help them make primary use of their biological senses. Most toys produced by multinational companies in recent years are made in compliance with government policies and regulations on issues like item safety, material recyclability, and toxicity. Besides, some of these toys are scalable – the span of use could be stretched over several years before a more appropriate alternative is obtained.
Besides the formal impartation of knowledge, children can learn a lot by arriving at a self-administered assessment of objects and situations around them. Beyond trying to have fun, well-crafted toys are designed such that skills like creativity, problem-solving abilities, languages, and social interaction are learned and incorporated through recurrent use of their playthings.