Giving Toys to Children: The Educational Benefits

We’re coming up on the “big 2” at our house – I can’t believe I’ve been a mom for almost two entire years to two entire little people – it’s CRAZY, I tell you! The days are definitely long, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to love such amazing little humans. And, because my little humans are loved by others, too, I’m already getting the questions of, “What kind of toys should we get them for their birthday?”

Even if you’re not a parent, you’ll know that spark kids get in their eyes when they walk into the toy store. That’s because kids simply love toys. They’ll find something or the other if you set them free in the store and will beg for you to buy it for them because they just can’t survive without it.

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More Than Fun and Games

The truth of the matter, however, is that toys are more than just fun and games for many kids. Toys are, in fact, tools to help nurture, grow and develop their minds and bodies, while provide them with an opportunity to keep on learning.

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Toys can be an engaging way to help kids develop character and manage emotions to develop confidence, especially if they play in groups. Every parent knows that a good toy is one that stimulates the imagination of a child and encourages social interaction with other people.

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How Toys Can Impact The Development of Children

At this time in my family’s timeline, I’m a stay-at-home mom. (I mean, I stay home with our 19-month-old twins, but I also run several small businesses and attempt to keep my house clean and my husband happy, too…but you get the idea!)

I take all of these responsibilities seriously, of course, but one thing I’ve been paying close attention to is how our girls play. And what they play with. And how they interact with toys and each other. They start daycare in the Fall, and I want to make sure they’re in line with the rest of the kiddos, ya know?

So when Nik Stoyanov sent me over a post on child development and toys, well, it was perfect timing! Interesting read here, for sure! 

Toys are one of the rare items on which parents spare no expense. And rightfully so.

This product group is crucial for baby’s and child’s development. It introduces infant to the world and helps build motoric skills and senses. However, not every toy is ideal. This is precisely why parents need to prioritize and provide the right toys at the right moment.

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Here are some thing you need to know as a parent.

Toys for Newborns

Babies are extremely eager to learn. They are very curious beings and easily stimulated by things that surround them. All these colors and patterns are new to them so it takes them a while to get used to this situation. In fact, you as a parent can impact an infant’s development by introducing it to the right toys. Musical and sound toys are important during first months. Also, you need to introduce toys with various colors and schemes. This will help baby develop vision. As the time goes by, more advanced toys are necessary; toys that will develop motoric skills. Have in mind that all these toys are used so that your baby is more proactive and engaged.

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Toys for Toddlers

Toddlers are already used to toys at this point. This period allows for more experimenting as you have already covered the basic senses. During this time, the child will learn more advanced things and continue its previous development. Have in mind that toddlers can still play with the same toys with which they played during infancy. But now, they can use even some more advanced tools. Blocks are pretty great during this time as they introduce kids to problem solving and develop their creativity. Crayons are also good as they also improve their creativity. Cars and small kids’ vehicles can also be an interesting choice as they help kids move around and explore their surroundings also increasing their autonomy. Reborn dolls can also be great as they slowly teach kids how to behave responsibly and to take care of things.

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Our Toy Box

If you’re a regular reader, the title of this post may confuse you, since you know that we don’t have any kids. And therein may just lie the problem…

Soon after we moved into our house, we had invited some friends over who had several small children, and we quickly realized that we didn’t have anything to amuse the kids with! They ended up playing with CoCo the kitty’s toys…AND CoCo the kitty…who was NOT at all thrilled with the arrangement.

Not long after that, we had guests come and stay with us, and the two youngest didn’t have anything to do, either! This got my brain turning….so now…

We have a toy box!

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On Having House Guests

We love to have people over to our home. It’s just one of those things, I guess. Our feeling is that God gave us this home, and so we feel led to share it with others! That may mean a simple dinner, or a weekend stay, or a place to crash in tough times, or a variety of other things. Regardless of the circumstances, our doors are always open!

So you can imagine that I like to be prepared for whatever may come, right? (If you have been with me here on the blog for ANY amount of time, you KNOW that’s the truth! Ha!) In lieu of that fact, I wanted to share a few thoughts about having house guests.

What I Do

Keep lots of linens on hand! I never want anyone to feel like they have to ration the amount of towels in the bathroom. If you need a towel for your hair, one for your body and one for…well…I can’t think of something else, so whatever you may need another one for, you will always find them in our guest bathroom. Extra pillows are good, in case yours aren’t the same as theirs, and they need some extra cushion comfort. And extra blankets are good, too, in case anyone gets cold!

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