Kids love playing with toys. If they had their way, they would be bringing their favourite toys with them everywhere they go, whether to school, to dad’s office, to the grocery or even to the toilet. While parents allow their kids to play with their toys at home, some parents don’t want them to be brought anywhere as they might easily lose them. And some parents even set a specific time of day when their kids can play with toys so they won’t get distracted when it’s time for eating or studying.
While it’s good to establish a time for studying, eating and sleeping, there are many opportunities for children to play with toys, especially educational ones. Going beyond just playtime, using educational toys and games in everyday activities will enable them to make the most of these.
Here are seven simple ways to do so:
1. When teaching kids new things.
In school, teachers use toys and games to stress a point or to better illustrate an idea to the students. Parents can do this too. Toddlers can be taught at an early age about shapes with the help of a shape sorter. A board game like Snakes and Ladders for example can teach them about the concept of up and down. Educational toys can also help you introduce colours, numbers and letters to your little tots. So don’t leave them alone to play with the toys. Use these toys to teach them about new things.
2. To aid in studying.
When you have kids who are in school, educational toys and games can also help them in studying. If your little tots are already learning numbers in school and they have a math homework they’re having some trouble with, you can use their toy blocks or cash register toy to help them. Blocks with letters or alphabet cards can also help them study their ABCs, while dominoes can help them practice shape matching.
3. When playing with other kids.
Toys can become a good tool to help in socialisation. And instead of regular toys, educational toys...