Babies start learning as soon as they are born. In a short period of time they are reacting to toys that parents are offering them. The bright colors and noise of the toys attract their attention. Soon they are reaching for that colorful noise-maker. They learn that if they shake a rattle it makes noises. They are developing their eye-to-hand, mental and visual skills, and their motor skills as well.
As children grow older, parents are bringing more challenging toys to them. This might be a learning toy which has different shaped slots and pieces. Parents are helping their children learn visual and hand-to-eye coordination. There are also color matching toys. Parents help the child to learn the colors and how to match them. The parents also help with counting and alphabetical toys. These actions are all very important for the development of their child.
Parents will buy push-pull toys when their children are starting to pull themselves up and trying to walk. These toys can also come with a lot of visual and hands-on activities. These will help develop their children’s skills too.
Parents have a large variety of learning toys to choose from. They can get a child-sized basketball and goal. Playing ball with their children is fun for everyone, and once again the child is developing skills. Outdoor play is very important, too. Learning to ride tricycles and bicycles is helping their balance and motor skills. Parents are giving their children the opportunity to exercise, which helps develop their muscles, coordination, mental thinking and all around good health.
As children mature, parents can help them learn to do puzzles, construction projects, creating original shapes of race tracks or train tracks and so much more. This, of course, will help creativity, hand-to-eye coordination, fine motor skills and imagination.
Parents have a large selection of games to choose from. There are all kinds of hand-held games and tablets for children. Plus there are a lot of card and board games available. These come in easy to play, difficult, or challenging. They will provide every level of fun with social and cognitive development for children.
With all this in mind, we can see why parents play a very important part in the development of their children. With the variety of toys and games that are available, it may not be easy for them to decide which one is appropriate for the age of their child. Also, children mature at different rates. So the parents have the responsibility of choosing the correct toy to fit their child’s level of skill. If they choose one which is too easy, their child may get bored and toss it aside. Or if they get one which is too difficult, their child may get frustrated and upset. Most toys now have age and difficulty guides on the packaging. This is a big help for parents.
Parents definitely deserve everyone’s praise for the great job they are doing with their children!