Many of our fondest childhood memories involve playing with educational toys--memories such as building out train sets or strategizing to solve a new puzzle with friends.
Often, our favorite toys did more than just take us to our happy place--they also developed skills that we now use on a regular basis, such as completing tasks with our hands (otherwise known as fine motor skills) or cognitive problem solving.
Now that you have your own children, you’ll want to be certain that they develop the motor, cognitive, and emotional skills that serve as the foundation for their learning path for years to come.
Educational toys can help you accomplish this, at each age and stage of your child’s development.
Here are four examples of skills that educational toys can help your child develop through play...
#1 Motor Skills
Motor skills help your child accomplish a variety of physical tasks, from eating food with utensils to walking from one location to another.
Fine motor skills in particular require practice of time to master, and stacking blocks or linking parts of a train track set together can provide this practice for your child.
#2 Problem-Solving Skills
How many problems do you have to solve on a daily basis? It’s hard to estimate, because we’re constantly doing it.
Developing the ability to analyze and create a strategy to solve challenges that present themselves is an essential skill for your child.
The sooner he or she learns how to do this, the easier all realms of life will be.
Puzzles are great toys that help children develop their cognitive problem-solving abilities and learn the value of patience.
#3 Mathematical Skills
Building blocks can be instrumental in helping children realize mathematical concepts.
For example, if one wall of a house is three blocks high, and the other wall is four blocks high, the roof won’t be supported.
Through a process of experimentation, a child will realize that both walls need to have an even number of block to support the roof.
#4 Social Skills
Playing with toys is a great way to bring kids together with a shared fun and collaborative purpose.
Sadly, many children have traded in educational toys for watching television and playing video games...with the average child spending three hours per day watching television and five to seven hours total on screens.
That’s right. Five to seven hours total.
This is concerning, especially since staring at the TV or computer game screens for hours on end can actually negatively impact a child’s brain and ability to learn.
As an article in Psychology Today puts it, “When a young child spends too much time in front of a screen and not enough getting required stimuli from the real world, her development becomes stunted.”
Of course, there is a case to be made about the importance of digital literacy, but the benefits provided by physical engagement with educational toys such as puzzles and blocks can never be replaced by screens.
Whether your child will one day become an engineer or teacher, he will need to develop the same fundamental skillsets--in a way that won’t stunt his growth.
Providing your children with toys doesn’t simply keep them entertained--it ensures they’ll progress along the pathway toward becoming creative, self-sufficient, and responsible people.
You can give your child the gift of learning through play with the Cubbie Lee Classic Wooden Toy Variety Bundle, packed with fun, educational toys.