The natural way for a child to learn is through play. For kids play and learning goes hand in hand; they will benefit from learning situations that are enjoyable. By using building blocks, working with jigsaws and threading toys, and matching colors, textures, and shapes, children acquire essential skills, allowing them to learn to read, write and count.
Kids will invent their own games and toys, but well-designed toys can provide stimuli for exploring and finding new things. Toys need not be expensive or complicated. The best toys are ones that fascinate a child and to which he will return again and again. Often a household item will provide your child with the kind of playthings he wants to guarantee future intellectual achievement, it’s not necessary to buy one educational toy.
Providing a Stimulating Environment
One of the ways to promote your child’s development is to foster creative play with an inviting atmosphere. How you display your child’s toys to a large extent determines whether they’ll be played with or not. Toys that are piled high aren’t inviting, whereas toys organized into small scenes, stimulate him to sometimes even make other creative arrangements
It helps if you can find spaces to perform in, particularly activity areas, like a painting table and someplace he can splash about with water. An interesting environment shouldn’t only be confined just to inside. If you have a garden, fill it with appropriate gear, like swing, a slide, and even a little play hill-all of that stimulates your child’s imagination
Parents sometimes feel frustrated when they spend hours picking the safest, most colorful, most fun, and even educational toy for their child, only to learn that he is going to be clinging to his old toy. It’s nearly impossible to select a’best toy’ for your little one. The one that is best for his is the one that fascinates him endlessly, and to which he will return gaining more and more stimulation and enjoyment and will provide him the best learning experience.
The less formed ad more basic a toy, the more possibility it leaves for a child’s imagination and may help his imagination, more than a very expensively dressed doll that can only be one character.
One of the main things to keep in mind is that children change very rapidly, particularly in the first 3 years and that a toy which entertains a two-month-old, will not entertain a two-year-old. As they develop they want different stimuli and the choice of toys must reflect those needs. The toy chosen must be appropriate for his age. If it’s too good advanced then he won’t know to play with it in the appropriate fashion, and will not gain enjoyment. If on the other hand, it’s too primitive, he’ll get bored easily. Toys must stimulate all the 5 senses-vision, hearing, touch, smell and flavor.
Having decided upon the appropriate sort of toy for him, you also need to think of a few more things. Is it totally safe? Does it have play value? Is it fun? For example, a bag of bricks is a’great’ toy to buy because it can be enjoyed at different ages with pleasure and will stimulate imaginative and active play. Toys that fit together or snap together teach kids they can alter the appearance with dexterity.
Safety is also a very important consideration when choosing or making a toy. You must not just check for dangerous design faults when buying them but also at check for flaws at regular intervals. It is impossible to supply a child with a totally safe environment. However, you must take sensible safety precautions and meet his inquisitiveness with safe indoor toys. Your children must always be properly supervised rather than left to play alone outdoors.
Using Household Items to Make Toys
You do not have to spend a lot of money to supply him with the best toy money can buy.
Plastic containers of different sizes can be used for putting in-taking out games.
Dried pulses can be stuck on pieces of card to make kitchen collages.
Toilet rolls with a little decoration make finger puppets. Hand puppets can also be made from paper bags. Empty cotton reels when stitched together makes a fantastic tug toy, especially if painted to resemble a caterpillar.
Prevent T.V. in Young Children
TV has the mesmerizing and numbing effect on kids and cuts them off from the direct experiences of their own world that are required in order to develop. TV cuts down on the amount of social contact with the parent which is essential for social and linguistic development.
Books and Reading
A single way, in which a parent could enrich a child’s surroundings, is by having books in the house. Words are vital to the way our brains function. Books provide children with words to express feelings, ideas, and thoughts. They explain the world he lives in. They provide the tool for creative play, introduce ideas and are enjoyable.
Try to read to your child every day, or even a few times a week and preferably at exactly the exact same time. Choose books that are visually attractive with illustrations.
Fairy tales are fascinating for children, and they will learn to differentiate between real and unreal. They also encourage abstract thoughts and creative thinking.
The vocabulary should be simple to understand and the print big. Run your finger along the print, but don’t force him to follow your finger. Re-read books for your child, especially if he asks you to. Don’t stop reading to him even though he starts to read by himself. Teach him to take care of books. Store books on low bookshelves in his area since this will encourage surfing, and always have a variety on hand.