In recent years, the demand for educational toys for children has grown significantly. No wonder, because they combine two things. First of all – they teach, and secondly – they play, thanks to which raising toddlers becomes much easier for parents, and for the child itself – it is a way of stress-free play. Educational toys not only help in learning, but also allow you to get to know the surrounding world. They teach letters, colors, shapes, self-dressing and much more.
Toys are an integral part of the development and adolescence of every child. It’s hard to imagine a great childhood without such things. What’s more, they play an important role in the development and shaping of the baby’s character. Even though the parents see them as just entertainment, educational toys are definitely more than that. They play an educational role, they teach through play. Educational toys can perform several basic functions, just like ordinary toys. These are among others:
- inspirational role;
All toys are of course adapted to the age and gender of the child. They are to convince the toddler that they are “worth” his attention and appeal to his taste. This means that the purchase of both traditional and educational toys is not very easy. They must be properly adjusted to the character and preferences of the child.Educational toys are primarily those that – as the name suggests – teach the child something. Although a dozen or so years ago they were something unknown in Poland, today both parents and children love them. First of all, such toys can be called those that teach responsibility, creative and logical thinking, develop imagination and show how to think cause-and-effect. They can also shape specific behaviors and attitudes of toddlers towards their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends or adults.
Through play to learn
As everyone knows, the best way to learn effectively is of course having fun. Especially when we mean the youngest. If we properly stimulate their imagination and curiosity, they will learn and have fun at the same time. Educational toys are therefore an ideal way to teach children responsibility, model behavior, resourcefulness, entrepreneurship, as well as develop creativity and imagination. It is obvious, of course, that one educational toy will not meet all expectations, but currently there are so many of them on the market that you can easily choose among them. They are primarily adjusted to the age groups of children, as are the effects of using them. Therefore, they can be appropriately selected to the age of our toddler, as well as to what interests he currently has. It is not worth buying products that the child will not want to use, because they will seem boring and unattractive. It is worth remembering that even the youngest have their own taste and preferences.
Not every educational toy really educates!
Many parents almost give in to the frantic pursuit of educational toys. The trend has overwhelmed the caregivers of children to such an extent that they buy whatever is defined as “educational”. Often, however, the name does not go hand in hand with what the youngest really offer. The word “educational” is very often associated with high prices, inadequate to the effects of play or learning. Just because a toy makes loud noises, squeaks or signals, it doesn’t mean that your toddler will be interested in it and will start playing. On the contrary – such issues may discourage him from playing. So let’s refrain from buying anything called educational toys. At the very beginning, you can buy your child some that will teach them colors, shapes, sounds, letters, body parts and the like. Later, it is worth gradually increasing the level of education with toys. Still, do not believe that every toy is educational and buy it without moderation for your child. A toddler can do without herds of gadgets.
Educational toys are really different. However, there are several main types among them.
Toys for learning foreign languages
First of all, educational toys include those that can help a child learn foreign languages. These include, for example, mascots that, for example, speak English after pressing the appropriate part.
Skill toys include mosaics, pyramids, mazes, and so on. In a word – it is all that allows you to improve and develop hand-eye coordination in a child. They are to teach accuracy, precision and patience, and at the same time teach, among others colors or shapes.
Electronic toys are more advanced. They are e.g. laptops for children, mobile phones or educational tablets.
Puzzles and jigsaws
Puzzles are one of the most popular educational toys. They develop the ability to perceive and concentrate, as well as prepare for learning to read and write.