Toys serve as an indispensable tool for the parents to communicate their children, helping develop their children in the aspect of intelligence, stimulate curiosity, imagination and foster the creative attributes and skills. Mothers should be careful in choosing toys for their children in order to find the things their children love to produce practical effects when bringing up their children as well as to save purchasing cost.
When buying toys for their children, mothers should adhere to the following three important criteria:
- Such toys can be played with other people, the parents should communicate, talk with their children through the toys.
- Such toys must nurture the children’s ability of concentration or it will evolve when children play or influence it.
- If possible, home-made toys will be a not bad option for its special significance towards the child: the child will feel its parental love and reminiscences of the child’s childhood will be stored.
2.The Number of Toys
Is there a need for filling the child’s room with toys such as stuffed animals, intelligence development toys, flash cards, modeling clay, colour pencils, kinds of musical instruments from the organ to the piano…? As a matter of fact, apart from stimulating the desire to discover and nurture intelligence, the negative side of having too many toys is that the child will quickly get tired and does not want to concentrate for a long time on any toy or game. Even the parents will also be puzzled and will not know what to arrange and how to help their children play effectively.
Actually, the need for 1-2 toys to help the child concentrate at a high level will be much more effective than tens of different toys. If the parents still want to buy a lot of toys, the best way to bring the effect into play is to take out a certain small number of toys, that it will take about 2 minutes to tidy up everything. Next is scheduling for play within the week so that all toys and games can be played.
3.Flexible Ways of Using
The most important goal of toys is to use them as a tool for parents to talk or react with their children. Sometimes, a game takes place in silence so that the child can concentrate. One toy can be used for different games.
If your child is 3 years old, the parents should let the child play on its own and only sometimes take part in the games when their children want that.
4.Toys Must Suit Age
Every 3 months or so, the child makes different steps of advancement and responsive to each step, the parents should choose suitable toys. For children under 1 year old, fostering the five senses of hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, tasting are the most important things Does the mother know what the greatest and perfect game as of this moment? That is the mother’s very voice, smile, face when making mother look bad, jesting for the her child, or playing with the child, making crane or airplane for the child.
During the first 6 months, as the child’s senses of hearing and tasting have highly developed, the mother can also let the child play sound-making toys. At the same time for children who grows a bit older, they are very fond of moving things, thereby letting the child look at a ball which is running and making out sounds.
Herein under are some more particular hints on toys for children per age:
- 5 months old: training the child’s hands by picking up plastic bottle cork, practicing sticker removal…
- 6-12 months old: making secret box for your child to practice putting its hand in to pull the toy out. The child may practice beating drum with a toy drum, an old milk tin or any other thing which can make out sounds.
- 12-18 months old: practicing walking on a straight line, playing with a clothes peg and looking at a smiling face to form a lion, playing with a pen box and a string to draw, practicing mixing water colours, moving things from one box to another.
- 18-24 months old: blowing soap bubbles, angling, playing quoits, threading grains through string, acting as a singer, practicing cooking with effects made of blister cards, drawing along the lines available on the paper…
- 2- 3 years old: playing with the model of tram, jigsaw puzzle, modeling clay, painting…