There are no more doubts today that playing is fundamental for children development. Besides presenting kids to social interactions, playing has a huge influence in many aspects of childhood. By playing children learn to socially coexist, take the risk of new experiences, explore their creativity, work on their sensibility, communication and discover the world around. Learning to play without toys is a common topic in parents’ blogs but today we’ll be talking about the opposite: the role of toys in children edevelopment.
Discover the role of toys in children development!
A ball, a doll, a toy car, a boardgame, a teddy bear… Toys have a vital role in playing and help in motor, cognitive and social development. While both an object and means for playing, children can intimately relate to toys, encouraging representation and expressions of apprehended aspects of their reality. In other words, toys put children in contact with reproductions of the world around, both natural and human made, that help in the make of a social totality.
Furthermore, toys can gather all the imagination contained in the children universe, fed by tv shows, children book, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. By reinterpreting these made up scenarios, toys give wings to children’s imagination, encouraging make-believe and creativity.
Wether toys are used to interpret everyday life and the world around or give life to creativity and imagination, they are real allies in children development. A ball, a recycled toy, a game, play-doh or even fake plastic food: they all have the potential to become an infinite fountain of fun and learning.
But remember: the most important thing in childhood is just playing. With or without toys, children must have unstructured and free play time. Being able to explore and experiment in a ludic way is a game changer in kids development.