Studies show that, on average, there are approximately 200 different toys in a child’s room. But the child uses no more than about 5-6%of them.
And there are a lot of children who seem to have it all, including a large number of toys that should be keeping him busy and active, and instead they only look sad and unfulfilled.
All these unbalances have a common source: a bad choice of toys for your children.It’s true that parents can’t usually imagine how a more expensive toy can be less suited for a child than a cheaper one, especially with all the marketing push that the former ones get.
But you need to look at things more carefully.
We all know that play is a child’s most important activity, it’s his way of getting to know the world and of learning about everything that happens around him. So we need to be very careful about what toys our child gets and what effects they have on him.
There are toys that don’t help your child’s development in any way. We are talking about interactive toys that talk, sing and have pretty lights and that only try to replace your child’s imagination.
In their absence, the child is the one who has to give a toy doll or animal certain voices, tones and sounds.
Unfortunately, most of the times parents prefer buying their kids particularly these types of toys, because of the higher price range they’re in, as it makes them feel like they’re offering their child something of more value, that’s supposed to compensate for their absence. But in the long run, these toys don’t help your children and should not be overcrowding their rooms.
You may wonder, then: what kind of toys are best for children, then? Well, imagine a toy that encourages the child to think, to feel, to create and to grow.
The good news is that these types of toys are usually cheaper than the interactive ones. And we’re talking about the classic, old toys, that have been around since forever: ordinary dolls, soft toys, kids toy dishes, toy cars, soldiers, sand, play dough. Whatever stimulates your child’s creativity and imagination.
For example, kids don’t really like to play in toy houses that have already been built, because that space is not adapted to their needs and, as such, its novelty wears off rapidly. So instead of buying him a toy house, give him a chance to “build” his own, out of pillows, bed, duvets etc.
If you want to stimulate your child’s imagination, then don’t buy him lots of toys. It’s enough to buy him a small, but varied number of them.
But dear parents and teachers, our contribution doesn’t end with offering them the right toys. It’s important to keep being at their side, to correctly introduce them to the new toys, so that they make them a part of the new game with joy and wonder. Because when a child manages to do something on his own, you can see happiness in his eyes!
We’re looking forward to your examples of appropriate toys for your children’s development.