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Before having my son, I was determined!

Before having my son, I was determined to have a clean, tidy and organised living room 24×7 unlike the ones I had seen, taken over by toys.

But like all the other things I said, I would never do, it was difficult to avoid, once I was a parent. And I am thankful to God for having such a loving and caring family members. My children have always got all their best toys as gifts.

I have always tried to curtail their collection of toys. As a toddler, he had spent most of his time at home, playing with mixing bowl and measuring cups.

Before having my son, I was determined to have a clean living room 24×7.

As I watched him enjoying and playing with gift boxes and wrappings while ignoring the toys inside, I became curious about how many toys kids actually need. So I decided to do some research. Thanks to Google, I got answers to all my questions. 

As a mother, I am putting down all my finding related to toys, parenting, food and everything that a parent need to this blog. This will satisfy your curiosity and save your time.

Before having my son, I was determined to have a clean, tidy and organised house. here are all my finding to satisfy your curiosity and save your time.
As a mother, I am putting down all my finding related to toys, to this blog. This will satisfy your curiosity and save your time.

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Please Do read the part 1, to know the list of  occasions we buy toys.

Do read the part 2, list of mindset while buying the toys.

and Do read Part 3 of 3, Points to keep in mind while taking the final decision at the store.

A Happy childhood is the most precious gift we can give to our child.

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खिलौना/खिलौने क्यों महत्वपूर्ण हैं?

खिलौना/खिलौने, खेल और पहेली में कई प्रकार की सामग्री शामिल होती है, जिससे बच्चे खोज सकते हैं, एक साथ रख सकते हैं, खींच सकते हैं और धक्का दे सकते हैं, जोड़ और बना सकते हैं – कभी-कभी लंबे समय तक वो एक ही तरह के खिलौने से अलग अलग तरह का खेल खेल लेते हैं।

To read in English: Why toys, games and puzzles are important?

उपयुक्त खिलौने बच्चों को नए कौशल का अभ्यास करने का अवसर देते हैं जैसे कि छोटे छेद में मोती डालना, रंग भरना, चित्र बनाना ये सब नए कौशल विकसित करने में मदद करते हैं।

 खिलौने परिवार में बच्चे की देखभाल की एक बुनियादी आवश्यकता है।

एक अच्छा खिलौना वह है जिसे एक से अधिक तरीकों से इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है।

वास्तव में जितनी ज्यादा तरह से ऐसे खिलौनों का उपयोग किया जा सकता है, वे अधिक समय तक एक बच्चे के लिए रुचिकर होंगे।

और आपके निवेश का अधिक मूल्य देंगे। यही कारण है कि ब्लॉक वाले खिलौने, रंगीन पैटर्न ब्लॉक, गुड़िया घर और लोगों या जानवरों के सेट इतने लोकप्रिय हैं।

एक अच्छा खिलौना बच्चों द्वारा विकास के विभिन्न चरणों में उपयोग किया जा सकता है। बच्चे उन्हें विभिन्न तरीकों से उपयोग कर सकते हैं।

उदाहरण के लिए, 1 साल की उम्र और 4 साल के बच्चे दोनों नेस्टिंग ट्यूब का आनंद लेते हैं।

1 साल की उम्र में आम तौर पर इन खिलौनों को अपने मुंह में डालते हैं, उन्हें देखे रहते हैं,  छोड़ देते हैं देखने कि क्या होता है, या बस उन्हें कंटेनर में डुबो देते हैं।

4 साल की उम्र में बच्चे nesting tube को एक साथ फिट करेंगे, उनके साथ विस्तृत डिजाइन और संरचनाएं बनाएंगे या प्रत्येक टुकड़े से रंग का नाम सीखेंगे।

खिलौनों का उपयोग करके सीखे जाने वाले कई कौशल बाद में स्कूली शिक्षा के लिए तैयार करने में मदद करते हैं।

उदाहरण:जब बच्चे खिलौनों के साथ खेलते हैं तो वे गणित, पैटर्न और दिशा के बारे में सीखते हैं।

यहां कुछ तरीके दिए गए हैं जिनसे बच्चे खिलौने के साथ खेलकर बड़े होंगे और विकसित होंगे।

खिलौना/खिलौने बच्चों में सोचने का कौशल विकसित करते हैं:

  • एक खिलौने का पता लगाने के लिए उनकी संवेदनाओं का उपयोग करना (प्लास्टिक पर अंगूठी चलाना)
  • आकार में रंगों की पहचान करना (रंग खिलौनों के साथ खेलना या geometric आकृतियों की तरह खेल का उपयोग करना)
  • निर्देशन सीखना (पहेली के  टुकड़े जोड़ना ताकि वे एक साथ फिट हों)
  • आकार के आकार या कार्य के अनुसार वस्तुओं को वर्गीकृत करना (बटन बॉक्स के साथ खेलना और बॉक्स में बटन गिराना)
  • रचनात्मक होना और समस्या को हल करना (stick up and set के साथ एक स्पेसशिप बनाने की कोशिश करना)
खिलौने, खेल और पहेली में कई प्रकार की सामग्री शामिल होती है, जिससे बच्चे खोज सकते हैं, एक साथ रख सकते हैं, खींच सकते हैं और धक्का दे सकते हैं/ खिलौना
खिलौना

बच्चे सामाजिक रूप से विकसित होते हैं:

  • अपने खिलौने को साथ मिल कर खेलना
  • सहकारी रूप से खेलना (दूसरे बच्चे के साथ ludo खेलना)
  • जिम्मेदारी लेना (सामग्री का सावधानीपूर्वक उपयोग करना और उन्हें उनके उचित स्थानों पर वापस रखना)

बच्चे भावनात्मक रूप से विकसित होते हैं:

  • अपनी स्वयं की शक्ति का अनुभव करना (एक खिलौने को प्लास्टिक के हथौड़े से मारना और उसे हिलते हुए देखना)
  • एक कार्य पूरा करके संतुष्टि प्राप्त करना (सफलतापूर्वक एक लकड़ी की puzzle को पूरा करना)
  • कल्पना और रचनात्मकता का विस्तार करना (अद्वितीय डिजाइन बनाने के लिए do it yourself  का उपयोग करना)

बच्चे शारीरिक रूप से विकसित होते हैं:

  • छोटी मांसपेशियों के कौशल का उपयोग करना 
  • दृश्य कौशल का अभ्यास करना
  • आँख और हाथ के तालमेल विकसित करना (लकड़ी की मोतियों को कसना)

जब बच्चों के पास खिलौनों के साथ खेलने का समय होता है

तो वे अलग अलग तरह से उस खिलौने का उपयोग सीखते हैं।

वे कई अवधारणाओं को सीखते हैं और मज़े और खेल में महत्वपूर्ण कौशल विकसित करते हैं।

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Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 1 of 3.

Why do we buy toys for our children?As parents, practically, you don’t need a reason to buy toys. But is it the correct way? 

Please also read Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

No, it is not. We cross by the shop and we buy a toy because our child likes those building blocks or cars.

Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 1 of 3.

 Following could to some of the occasions we buy toys:

  • It is our child’s birthday, or any such occasion.
  • It is sibling’s birthday, and we don’t want the other child in the house to feel left out, so we buy two of them.
  • We are visiting a mall or shopping for something else and our child starts to disturb us. To do our work uninterrupted, we buy a diversion for our kid.
  • We are going outstation, and ourchild is not enjoying the event or trip, we buy one more diversion. Even if we have a shelf full at home.
  • We are with some friends and they bought a toy for their child, so we get influenced to buy one for our kid, because we must. (sounds crazy, but how many of us can say NO, to this)
  • If we have siblings fighting for the toys at home most of the time, we buy two toys next time, to avoid any fighting at home.
  • We are we happy for some reason, we buy toys for our kids
  • We are feeling  guilty of scolding, we buy toys.
  • Child got hurt, we buy toys to calm him or her down.
As parents/elders we are in these situations when we can not avoid gifting a new toy to our child. They deserve to have toys with them. Because it is their age to enjoy and play with toys.

As parents/elders we are in these situations when we can not avoid gifting a new toy to our child. They deserve to have toys with them. Because it is their age to enjoy and play with toys. 

But can we just avoid doing it too much? 

Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 1 of 3.

These points are not mentioned here,to stop giving toys to our children.

Read the above points again and you might notice, some buying could have been avoided.

Some suggestions, for the next time there is an urge to buy toys:

  • What’s the occasion?
  • Can buy a team game, instead of buying individual toys? (this might create a better environment at home. )
  • What kind of toy, my child is most interested in?
  • Do I really have to buy toys of the same nature, and make a collection of the same. ( if your child loves car, do you really need to buy twenty more cars, and make a collection out of it. Are you not limiting his or her imagination.)
  • Am I buying this toy because i like it and i want my child to like it too. (if this is the reason, please buy  that toy, and make sure you play that game with your child.)
  • Am I buying it as a showoff? (it is always better to develop the habit of sharing between the kids. 
  • If you are feeling happy, give some time to your child. Your time is more valuable than the toy.
  • You have scolded your child for some reason, don’t buy gifts, take him outdoors, play with him, and slowly tell him your good intentions, worries and reason behind that scolding.
  • Child is hurt, and this might divert his attention. (very personal choice and differ from child to child)

Hope these points are of some use to you. Please mention in comments box if you have any other reason for buying toys, to the kids who already have plenty of toys to play.

Do read the part 2, list of mindset while buying the toys.

Do read Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 3 of 3. (final decision)

A Happy childhood is the most precious gift we can give to our child.

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Why toy, games and puzzles are important? 

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 bye:

  • 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 bye:

  • 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.

Also read,

Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.