We all know that for a child to develop properly in all aspects of his life is one very important goal of parents. Although many parents in this modern world are preoccupied with their work, there are more hands-on parents who are eagerly participating in developmental activities that help their children to grow, some of which are games and creative play. These parents know that children learn fast when they play, especially with educational toys.
So, how important are games and toys for kids?
Have you ever wondered why children’s games and toys are brightly-colored and come in different shapes and sizes? Young children are naturally attracted to colors, shapes and sizes because these stimulate the brain. The assortment of colors, shapes and sizes will prompt their brains to think which toys belong together, so kids will automatically group them together. Children love to play make-believe, like boys enjoy doing ‘construction work’ with their saw and hammer set, or girls playing ‘mothers’ with their baby dolls. These games, cultivating their imaginative power, also help them to learn a lot about real life situations.
Analytical Skills Enhancement
It has been proven that board games like scrabble, domino and chess dramatically improve your child’s analytical skills. Without being forced to, a child will think seriously about the moves he is going to make to win the game. The world champions in board games today actually started playing the games at a very young age. They were not even aware that playing could be competitive they played for pure fun. There are also games that expand a child’s vocabulary. Without telling, a child can easily identify the beginning sound of an object if a picture of the object is shown.
Experts say that a play or a game that a child himself initiates and controls, and where he is free to do whatever he wants, is more beneficial to his emotional growth. Why? Because this encourages a child to process information and to make sense of the world he is in. Any toys and games to accompany this mode of play are a plus. Adults may not know this but kids do need to play alone occasionally as their means of taking stock of their thoughts and emotions. This allows kids to find ideas that can be helpful in later years using their highly-creative imagination.