Teachers understand the need to be fully involved, immersed, and hands-on when it comes to learning with children, they have a different way of thinking when kids are participants and can get creative with activities and tasks.
It is known that different teaching styles work for varying personalities, teachers are trained and supervised while completing their practical training to observe which students react to particular methods and to personalize tasks.
Often it is said that all it takes is for one person, one teacher to make that added effort to change the future for a young individual, if this means using all your imagination and skills to portray a message then so be it.
The education departments around the world believe that having a physical sensory experience by playing with toys, building or constructing, and crafting helps improve the development of the brain. Studies have documented assessments and varying tests of children who have and have not had a set period of playing with toys they need to think logically with.
This method of learning, while some believe it to be simply playing, can unlock a part of the brain responsible for creativity and extended logistics. And it doesn’t have to be set to the classroom as such, implementing these methods and processes into everyday lives and situations comes with a host of positives.
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What to look for.
These days choosing toys is as easy as going to the stores and picking the first sparkly box that attracts your child’s eye, the issue is that the majority of toys these days are made with hard plastics which snap and split just as easily if you are not careful, so what should you look for?
Toys come in every imaginable shape, size, and color but a few features to consider will help make the purchase that much more worthwhile. Let’s take a quick look at some of the top comments on aspects mentioned by manufacturers as well as parents.
- Labels. The tags and stickers are rarely read, but they can have integral information regarding the source of origin, the materials used, and if any chemicals were sprayed on or used which could cause allergies. Be sure to check the box and packaging before heading to the till.
- Shooting. Depending on the age of the child a toy that propels a bullet of sorts out of the canister is always on the verge of causing injury. Unless it is specifically for your child to use within the home, these types of toys are not recommended and are significantly frowned upon in a teaching environment.
Some people believe it is just harmless fun but reports show that without the proper caution by the child (and do they really worry when they are in the swing of things) and supervision by parents or guardians it can be dangerous. Take a moment to read an interesting article on the topic here https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3969326/ to give a deeper insight into the subject and to think twice before saying yes to the latest 20-bullet-holding rifle on sale in the supermarket.
- Sound. This was not something many parents had thought of but the noise level of toys these days seems to be louder than ever. Not only is it impossible to get anything done in the home with a siren from a toy going off every 5mins, but the decibel level for your child’s ears and hearing can be affected, and not in a good way.
The importance of toys.
Do kids need endless amounts of things to play with or would a few well-selected items be best? The debate is out on this one but looking at both sides of the conversation will help decide which suits you and your family dynamics.
If you have ever taken a child into a toy shop you can be sure that there will be at least 2 to 3 toys that they feel they cannot live without if they leave the store, some might be appropriate others have done their duty with their sparkle and flashing lights, drawing your child in.
But if you are looking to take your child’s toy to the next age level then consider what they can learn and benefit from the item, most have a learning method incorporated into them to be able to complete it, and this sets them up for their upcoming school years. Toys encourage children to engage with others, learn vital sharing and patient life skills, and could be the link between your kids finding their best friend.
There are many ways to look at toy purchasing but if you keep the educational factor in the back of your mind you are one step better and in the right direction, see this link for more guidance on why and how to shop for your child and the appropriate toys for their age.
A final thought.
Toys have been around for centuries in some form or other, sticks tied with rope to squashed and shaped metals, children and parents alike have been discovering new ways to be entertained and to learn. It’s been shown that the oldest doll on record is 4000 years old, and this says something, so whether your child enjoys playing with modern plastic toys or crafted wooden sculptures and even clay there is something for everyone.
Every experience has a learning opportunity, it may be a skill, a life lesson, or simply entertainment, toys are here to stay and children across the world will continue to fill their rooms and toy boxes with rainbow-colored shapes.