Why children like to have toys?

Why do children like to have toys in their life? The reason is same to which we as adults want things as our recreations. Toys play a very important part in the life of a child and an adult.

We want to have cars, bikes, best gadgets, best dresses etc. For a child toys fill that space.

One can have a liking for different toys at different ages. Some open-ended toys are favorite of every age.

Snakes and ladders is a ancient Indian game. The game is a simple race based on sheer luck, and is popular with young children.

Children connect to toys for many reasons:

  • A can child can associate toys with happy times and happy memories.
  • Games and toys which lets the child connect or imitate real life activities, will be best.
  • Toys that connect to some of the real situations will be much more memorable and useful to them.
  • It fills the space needed by the child, as a friend. 
  • Toys keep them busy even in a social gathering. 
  • They feel secure, if they have their toy is with them.
  • We have seen our kids complaint about getting bored, in a new place many times, in these kind of situations, if he has his toys around, he will not complaint of being bored.
  • Toys help them with their imagination.
  • Toys are a medium for our child to start conversations with other children.

Some of the open ended games, which are favorite of any age are:

  • Carrom: This game is very popular in India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Arabian countries and surrounding areas. In South Asia, many clubs and cafés hold regular tournaments of carrom. It can be played by everyone in the family.
  • Chess: Chess is a two-player strategy board game. It has 8×8 grid. Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game Chaturanga.
  •  Lego: The history of Lego spans nearly 100 years, beginning with the creation of small wooden playthings during the early 20th century.
  •  ludo: Ludo is a strategy board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to the rolls of a single die. Ludo is also derived from the Indian game Pachisi. The game and its variations are popular in many countries and under various names.
  • Snake and ladder: Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game. It is world classic today. The object of the game is to navigate one’s game piece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes, respectively. The game is a simple race based on sheer luck, and is popular with young children.

There is always a favourite toy for every child at every age. Child feels connected with the toy. Please mention in the comment box below which is your favourite toy or game to play. 

Happy childhood is every child’s right.

Why toy, games are important? 

Games, toy and puzzles are almost a basic requirement of family child care.

A good toy is one that can be used in more than one way.

When children have time to play with toys, they manipulate, explore and experiment. They learn many concepts and develop important skills while having fun.

Why toy, games and puzzles are important? Toy, games and puzzles include a wide range of materials that children can explore, put together, pull and push, stack and create – sometimes for a long period of time. Appropriate toy gives children opportunities to practice new skills. Such as putting pegs into small holes, and to develop new skills. Such as matching pictures that are the same.

 Games, toy and puzzles are almost a basic requirement of family child care. A good toy is one that can be used in more than one way. In fact the more ways in which such objects can be used, the longer they will hold a child’s interest. Also the more value you get from your investment. This is why construction toy, coloured pattern blocks, doll houses and sets of people or animals are so popular. 

A good toy can be used by children at different stages of development; children will simply use them in different ways. For example, 1 year old and 4 year olds both enjoy nesting tubes. 1 year old typically put these toys in their mouth, drop them to see what happens, or just dump them into a container. 4 years old however will fit the nesting tubes together, make elaborate designs and structures with them and name the colour of each cube.

Many of the skills children learn using toys help prepare them for later schooling. For example, when they play with toy/games children learn about math s, patterning and direction.

Here are some ways in which children will grow and develop by playing with toys.

Children develop thinking skills by:

  • Using their senses to explore a toy (going on a plastic ring)
  • Identified colours in shapes ( playing with colour toy or using a game with geometric shapes)
  • Learning directionality (turning puzzle pieces so that they fit together)
  • Classifying objects according to size shape or function (playing with a button box  and dropping buttons in a box)
  • Being creative and solving the problem (trying to create a spaceship with the set of of pick up sticks)

Children develop socially by:

  • Sharing materials that interest them (using toy, games and puzzles together during free play)
  • Playing cooperatively (playing a Lotto game with another child)
  • Taking responsibility (using materials carefully and returning them to their proper places)

Children develop emotionally by:

  • Experiencing their own power (pounding a toy with a plastic hammer and seeing it move)
  • Achieving satisfaction by completing a task (successfully completing a wooden puzzle)
  • Extending the imagination and creativity (using parkway tree blocks to create unique designs)

Children develop physically by:

  • Using small muscles skills (picking up colour tubes and dropping them in a plastic container)
  • Practicing visual skills (playing with the set of stacking rings)
  • Coordinating eye and hand moments (stringing wooden beads)

When children have time to play with toys, they manipulate explore and experiment. They learn many concepts and develop important skills while having fun.

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Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

Room full of toys? Rethink.

Room full of toys? Rethink.

Toys, Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink. This is how I evaluate myself every time when I pass by a toy store and my two sets of twinkling eyes look at me with so much of hope and excitement. But Thanks to God, my children now understand, they don’t need to own every toy they see in the market.

Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

Evaluating need of toys:  

Best place for all of us to visit with kids could be Disney land. The best place for a child in a shopping complex could be a toy shop or a play zone. That in a resort could be play arena. The best place in playschool may be toys rooms.

But have we ever wondered why Sports Room, in a formal school, never comes under this lists of favorites?

Just go back in time, and what did we find? It was the sports ground that was always at the top in the list of favorite places to be in a school.

Best sources of toys at home: 

Children get toys, from their family, friends and now a days even food joints like McDonalds. They play with these toys  for a while and then it occupies a space in their almirah.

 It is not that kids don’t play with their toys, they do.

 Your child might have an almirah full of toys, due to two reasons:

  • It’s the best gift that makes a child happy. 
  • It’s the best thing we provide as compensation. 

Some of us also have a notion, that if a child possess more toys means he is happy.

But we sometimes miss the point, what kind of toy does your child need.

And What is the thing that our children ask for?

Answer: Time to play.

Our children need time to play. They need time to go out and play in open. Also time to play and get dirty in soil, and this stays true for all ages.

Just give them time to play, they will be happier.

Please comment if you agree to this thought.

Happy childhood is every child’s right.

All the best wishes to you on this amazing journey. This will surely give us easy life.

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