From infancy through to childhood, toys are a vital part of children’s development. Wooden toys, educational toys and infant toys are a lot of fun, but they also help kids grow and learn. Play helps children to develop problem solving, social, gross and fine motor skills and much more.
Here are the four key skills your child can develop through play.
1. Effective communication
Whether your child plays alone or with others, it allows them to develop essential language, speech and listening skills.
During solo play, children will narrate the action as they go. This is fantastic for exploring emotions and developing their imagination. When there is no-one to disagree with the direction of play, then the possibilities are endless!
When playing with friends, children will communicate with each other to organise the activity. If there are any disagreements, children talk through the problem to figure out a solution together. This is wonderful to not only develop their language skills, but also their conflict resolution and co-operation.
2. Social skills
Play time shows children how to work with others towards a common goal. While one child may lead the games, they also learn how to identify and respond to others’ needs. It allows children to learn to speak up, to compromise and to listen to each other. Sometimes, children may need a little adult involvement to come to an outcome, but that's okay! They are still learning how to navigate social situations.
Play teaches children to be perceptive, assertive, cooperate and to share. The collaborative skills kids learn through play is the foundation to building lasting friendships.
3. Cognitive skills
Play is one of the most effective ways for children to learn how to solve problems. When playing with toys, they start asking questions like, “what does this do?” and “how does this work?". This is particularly true of toys that a child must interact with, like with wooden toys. It's not a simple as pushing a button to get a reaction, but they must think to themselves about what the cause and effect will be of moving pieces about.
Regular playtime gives children the chance to enhance their memory and grow their attention span. And, as they enter a more stimulating environment (i.e. day care or school), children develop higher levels of thought through play.
How often have you looked at your child and thought "I wonder what is going through their brain right now". Well, when at play it could be absolutely anything - it really is a magical time when they are learning so much.
4. Motor skills
Through physical play, with wooden toys, educational toys and more, children develop vital motor skills, and learn skills to cope with stress. Playing with toys such as blocks, for example, teaches them about balance and gravity, while improving their hand-eye coordination.
Children will first learn large motor skills, like running, jumping and throwing, before moving on to finer skills like buttoning, colouring and writing.
Start your child on a lifelong learning journey through play today. Simply call or email the friendly team at CleverStuff for a wide selection of baby toys, toddler toys, wooden toys, educational toys and wooden puzzles.