When looking at buying toys for your child you have to consider your childs age and what they will learn from the toy. Even the smallest of toys may serve a purpose for teaching your child something even if it simply counting or staking. Building blocks are ideal for very small children as they help them to recognize shapes, colors and sizes. They also have to learn to stack them and what happens when they fall. You can begin to buy educational toys at a very young age for your child as they will love the challenge the toy brings.
During this stage your baby will gain better head control and have better movement of arms and legs. They generally grip onto anything they can get their hands on and put it directly into their mouth. Educational toys like rattles promote motor development and provide sensory stimulation. Since everything ends up in the mouth, educational toys that are chewable or soft plush are favorites. Babies need to experience different textures so vary the materials educational toys are made of. Activity centers provide lots of stimulation at this age. These educational toys normally have lots of buttons that produce sounds, lights, and give a variety of textures to explore. Hand-eye coordination will improve as babies explore the activity center. Parents are often on the move more with babies at this age. Activity bars that fit across a stroller, car seat, or bouncy chair that have dangling, squeaky toys and mirrors keep baby stimulated while on the move. Motor skills develop as baby reaches, hits, pulls, and kicks at the accessories on these educational toys.
Educational toys should be fun. The best way for a child to learn is probably by having fun. Whatever that interests your child stimulates his brain to get ready for learning. Educational toys serve this purpose. It is important for educational toys to be entertaining to foster brain activity stimulation. It has been scientifically proven that this brain stimulation through activating interest in a child help develop thought and reflex patterns and a good hand-eye coordination. Plus, fun is an important factor in choosing an educational toy since the child wont even notice that lessons are being taught while he is playing. And lastly, fun is great way to get a childs attention and focus in the first place. Thus, educational toys should be fun in the best way they could be.
Consider the childs age when choosing educational toys. There are educational toys in the market available for all age groups. Check the labels of toys for age appropriateness. Electronic toys, breakable toys, and those with minute parts are definitely not for infants. Consider safety fore mostly. The best for smaller kids are ones that activate the senses and are good for motor skills - toys producing, sounds, turning buttons, push and pull, filling and emptying, bobbing bath toys, squishy toys, clay or shapes. A one year old would probably only throw number or letter blocks without recognizing the idea of numbers. So not too complicated; neither should you underestimate a preschooler with toys meant only for younger kids. Maybe you should challenge them with more books (picture books and pop-ups are so much fun) or chalk boards, flash cards, toy clocks and globes, and puzzles.
Educational toys often will teach your children several different things at the same time which is ideal when they are growing up. They may be learning speech skills, focus, sports, music, balance and imagination. All of these are part of growing up and if they can sit and play and be having fun whilst learning them then this is great. Construction toys and toys that need to be built are fantastic educational toys for children. These help to engage their brains and help their skills of building and focusing. Anything that your child has to put together is perfect and at the end of it they will be proud that they built it.