A reporter called me the other day to ask for my opinion about the toys in the marketplace for this particular holiday season. I am certainly not a professional on every single toy which emanates out of store shelves, however, that I really do have some opinions about what makes a good toy. I thought maybe if I spoke about some general principles could pool our thoughts and information to help each other pick suitable toys out of the great offered this past year.
I told the reporter that adults usually seem to forget that which toys are looking for. A play would be your"job" of childhood. While they play with, our youngsters are learning new abilities, defining themselves as humans, and practicing connections with others with the physical world. When that is too interesting, they have been learning to be themselves, and sharing are typical pleasant experiences. Good toys are toys that help kids do those things.
Finally, the toys adults choose to buy let's just as much about those adults since they do about the kids they're buying for. Your worth -- the things you think are important for the kids to learn about concerning skills, identity, and connections are conveyed on your present, or whether you're doing it consciously or not. It's interesting to look at the toys that you place in the shopping basket for being a statement about yourself.
There are always brand new and vibrant toys for choosing. Many don't have good play-value. However, there are some basic toys a well-stocked playroom should need to encourage kids' development. My listing of a basic dozen for boys and girls out of preschool into around age 8 follows. You will realize that many excellent gaming programs, preschools, and kindergartens possess each one these toys.
If your son or daughter spends a good portion of your afternoon at this type of setting, do not be concerned about having everything in your home too. When I had to choose just 3 items out of the list for guaranteeing constructive indoor play in the home, I would get the unit blocks, the animals, and also the art stuff. Enjoy fun!
Marie's list of Most Important Toys:
- Unit blocks. Plain wooden cubes (a lot of these ) in enough sizes to encourage hours of structure, alone and together with others.
- Legos or some other manipulative toy which encourages the development of fine motor skills and imagination.
- Baby dolls and a couple of basic changes in clothing. Nothing elaborate. I am not crazy about the dolls which crawl, eat, state something, etc.. They often break too easily and so they reduce the total amount of imagination required to play them whatever they perform. I really do suggest having dolls with various skin tones at the playroom. When kids love their dolls, then they have been practicing adoring men and women who look different from themselves.
- Play kitchen stuff and a play toolbox -- toys for both sexes. Kids love to imitate their parents and other adults around their play help them get comfortable with doing a lot of different things.
- Dress-ups -- hats, scarves, animal masks, leotards. Try looking on your closets or at the regional Salvation Army store and put together a box packed with stuff for hours of creative play with.
- A group of sturdy plastic or rubber animals (farm animals, zoo animals, and definitely dinosaurs) and also a couple of vehicles scaled to operate well with the cubes. Your kids are going to spend hours making decorations, zoos, and dramatic scenes.
- Art stuff. A Lot of it. Playdough and cookie cutter cutters, chunky crayons and paper to get little kids. Mature kids like glitter, adhesive, safety scissors, and tons of colors of paper.
- Finger-paint. Every kid deserves to be messier once in a while. You may additionally include a relatively inexpensive plastic tablecloth to placed up to the floor when it has finger painting time.
- Something for making rhythms and music. A kettle and a spoon is going to do to kids under 2. Jingle bells to your child. Something more complicated such as a thumb harp for elderly ones.
- A sturdy dollhouse with some basic furniture and also lasting dollhouse dolls which represent everyone on your household. Your house needs to become big enough and open enough that the kids can really get in there and play with. (Do not be surprised if you learn the dinosaur or even the zoo animals in there sometimes.) That you never need to simply take out another mortgage to buy some of the high priced wooden houses. This is often described as a great family project. Locate a couple of sturdy boxes for chambers, cutout doors, and windows and decorate the walls and place a scrap of fabric to get a carpet.
- Small boxes, jar lids, some fabric and scraps of timber is readily transformed into furniture. Dolls could be reached from conservative clothes-pins. Even although you're not the creative type, remember that the kids are.
- Such a thing which encourages physical activity: jump balls, ropes, basic sports equipment, skates, basketball hoops, age-appropriate riding toys. Too many of our kids lack physical confidence and competence. An age-appropriate board-game or 2 to encourage cooperative play as well as problem-solving.
- Remote Control Cars: A handheld RC car can be just a great choice of toys for toddlers with respect to handheld remote control toys. The most effective remote control car for kids may be the people that encourage cognitive development while at the same time bringing in learning elements of hand-eye coordination and cause-effect.
In summary, to foster learning as well as fun ...
- Remember that play is your"job" of childhood. Good toys help kids learn new abilities and exercise connections with others and their world.
- When you choose a toy, then ask yourself whether it's really for your own child or yourself.
- Do not get hung upon gender-specific toys. Girls and boys both will need to learn how to become more comfortable with babies with tools from the world they're going to inhabit as adults.
- Get in there and play with your kids. It's a part of the pleasure to be a parent.