Toys helps to learn in a funny way - Please share your ideas

@Sreekala (34402)
India
December 1, 2008 4:45am CST
Children love toys and in between the ages of 3-6 they need the toys most. Toys have an important role in the mental development of the children. As a parent it is your duty to provide the suitable toys for them. What are your suggestions on the selection of toys? What kind of toys you provide/provided for your children? Please share your views, ideas and suggestions as a parent. If you are not a parent please share what kinds of toys you got when you were a kid.
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@violeta_va (4831)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
Me and my son have lots of fun with cards and board games. We buy him cards that have pictures of animals and has to find mother and baby of the same kind, or things in the same colour or shape or starting with the same letter. We have lots of them and he loves them now my husband has joined in in the game and we have lots of fun and is our family time and my son learns a lot. With board games you might think they dont learn anything but they learn sharing, waiting for their turns, rulls and all that.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi Violeta_va, You have enough time for your son that is really good. How old is he? Happy to know that both of you are enjoying. Thanks for sharing and all the best to all of you. Have fun.
• Australia
10 Dec 08
I am a stay at home mother so yeah I do have a lot of time to spend with him he is 5 now. Also you can find educational games for the computer and the child hac play those. My son does not like computers much so he only spends like 1 hour a month on it.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi Thanks for the quick response. He is only 5 so educational games are good for him. At this age it is very difficult to sit in a place as idle. Let him enjoy with what he likes. God bless him. Do enjoy with your son. Have a nice time.
@arunmails (3011)
• India
2 Dec 08
I am not a parent...... but, I can give certain suggestion for the parents who are willing to buy toys for their children.......you can buy the toys that I had mentioned bleow, this will really help your children to gain more knowledge...... 1. Magic Cube. 2. Golf Puzzle. 3. 7 Piece Cube. 4. Bar Ruler. 5. Square Puzzle. 6. Intelligence Maze
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi Arun, Thanks for the nice suggestions. I think you have done some research in this field. Thanks again for sharing your views. Have a nice time.
• India
2 Dec 08
Children learn faster than adults because their brain is fresh and whatever they see in the early ages indelibly leaves an imprint on the brain.In the emotional develpment of the child constructive activities play a crucial role.Hence it is the duty of the parents and teachers to engage the children in activity oriented programmes.To implement this toys find an important place in a child's life.We can understand the acumen of a child from the way in which he uses a toy although there will be a greater degree of similarities in using toys by almost all children.For example I have noticed the children in a baby creche play with the toys.There will be several toys like balls,puppets,dolls,cars,bulding blocks etc. Children with a greater affinity to toy automotives is generally seen to be associated with automotives when they are grown up.Similarly children fond of building blocks might become an engineer,some studies say.Atleast we are aiding to augment his talents.The visual media which is more powerful in helping the learning process even applies to the adult people then needless to say about the little innocent children.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi Cosmopolitan, Now children are getting much opportunity to develop their creative ideas or skills. From the nursery classes, education is based with activity oriented. I think you are observing children that is why you have such a nice idea about them. Thanks for sharing. Happy mylotting and a nice day to you.
@salonga (27787)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
I always give safe toys to my kids like those without any sharp or pointed things and those which are tested to have no harmful lead content. I also choose educational toys for them so that they will learn while playing. I also love giving them musical instrument toys to encourage their love for music at early age. I love music so I want them to develop passion for music as well through the toys I'm giving to them.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi Salonga, Yes, we have to take care of the safety of the toys. Thanks for your nice comments. Have a nice day.
@sweeety (41)
• India
2 Dec 08
I try and introduce my child to new toys every now and then. More often I stress on the hand-eye coordination toys. They help the child develop these senses better. Blocks are also very good
@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi sweety, Each toy is good and we have to select it according to the age of the children. Thanks for sharing and happy mylotting to you. Have fun.
@SViswan (12055)
• India
10 Dec 08
Puzzles are something I've got for both my kids. Besides that, I also look for their tastes. My older son always wanted blocks and shapes to play with. He likes things that makes his brains work. My second son is a typical boy and loves cars, bats and balls. So, he's got a set of those. I always think of how my kids can learn or develop their skills with their toys. Maybe that's because I'm a kindergarten teacher and that makes me look at things that way. And I don't leave my kids with their toys to entertain them all the time (sometimes I do)....most of the times...I spend time with them and see how they use the toys to understand how their mind works.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi SViswan, How are you? How are your kids? I am really happy to see you again in my discussion? As a kindergarten teacher you have more experience with toys and kids. In school also you people are providing toys to students. So I think you are an expert on selecting toys. We are expecting some more experience from you. But I know you don't have much time so it is ok. Thanks for the response and have fun with kids.
@SViswan (12055)
• India
9 Oct 09
lol...as you see...I'm not here often...and it's only now that I've seen your post. Actually there are lots of good educational toys in the market now. I also like the traditional toys. The only toys I stay clear of are the ones that just make noise and are of no particular use....especially the ones that keep eating up all batteries and provide nothing much in return(except my bad temper)
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
9 Oct 09
Hi SV, How are you dear? I am so happy to see you after a long time. You are like the 'Onathappan' (the king who visited at the time of Onam - explanation is not for you) coming once in a year in mylot. Hope your kids are also doing well. Have a nice time dear.
@dpk262006 (58693)
• Delhi, India
1 Dec 08
The choice of toys for the kids will depend upon their age. If they are 2-3 years old they should be offered soft toys and the Toys which they could easily handle. Metal toys to very young kids can be harmful for them. As they grow older, they could be offered some games e.g. some puzzle games or games of blocks which they could understand easily and could feel like engaging themselves in it. I have experienced that kids get fed up with toys soon and they start demanding new toys and if their demands are not fulfilled, they simply destroy the toys to express their anger.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
2 Dec 08
Hi DPK, Don't you know, if you destroy the old one then only you can demand for the new one.(lol,) You are right Deepak, toys should be selected according to the age of the child. Thanks for sharing and happy mylotting.
@dpk262006 (58693)
• Delhi, India
2 Dec 08
Kids do not care, whether old toys have been destroyed or not.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
11 Dec 08
Ok, I do believe.
@gaisri (154)
• India
1 Dec 08
As a father, i used to buy lots of puzzle toys(the one which will be in pieces and the kid has to attach different pieces and form a picture).This toys really improves the concentration among the children. I also get him "You know what" CD's which is a fun to watch and learn. Also subscribe to TATA SKY and you will get Active Wiz Kids Package which is really good.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
2 Dec 08
Hi Gaisri, So you are the father, I misunderstood as you are the mother (earlier, lol). How is your son? Puzzles help the children a lot, they have to apply their brain for solving it and puzzles are available for different age group. Thanks for sharing, happy mylotting.
@gaisri (154)
• India
2 Dec 08
Oh! Oh! sorry, iam the father. Today i have brought him to Coimbatore for expert medical opinion from a doctor, who also happens to be our family friend. Otherwise he is OK except for slight discomfort at times. Hope it will end in a happy note..
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
3 Dec 08
Its ok. Thanks for the information. Take care of your son. GOD bless.
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
25 Oct 09
While I love the array of toys they have and choose ones that encourage development and imagination - with the minimum of bells and whistles so he can figure out things, use his imagination - I believe its not otys but interaction/participation of parents that are most important. There were many genuises, artists and other great contributers to society born in times when toys were few or they were too poor to have them...and al the electronic toys they have nowadays were nonexistant once upon a time. I think we need to remember that encouraging imagination and using your mind doesn't take a lot of toys or expensive toys. I encourage things like Melissa and Doug toys. For those reading this discussion who don't have a lot of money to spend on toys - don't feel discouraged - or that you're failing because you're working hard to put food on the table and can't afford a lot of toys or a selection of toys despite the asserttion of having such an important role. Providing a well balanced diet and excercise will ensure that your child's mind and body develops as it should. Proper food and excercise prepares a child for learning each day. And remember, engage your child everyday in activities that develop their mind, pretend games, going outdoors and exploring, going to the store and other public places and visiting with other children. If you can't afford toys, you can make them as well. And most importantly -READ to your child everyday - at least once a day as this is proven to help children develop iq's and learn more efficiently later in life. Turn off the tv, get off the computer and play with your child - YOU are the most instrumental - have the most impact on a child's development not toys with all the bells and wistles. This is my view, my ideas and my suggestions.
@Sreekala (34402)
• India
2 Dec 09
Hi artemis, Thank you very much for the wonderful suggestions. It is true that all people can't provide toys for their kids. I also don’t feel that toys are very necessary for the development of kids. I didn't play with toys but I had enough friends than toys. Regarding my kids too we provide enough toys for elder one but it is not possible to the younger one and he is playing with the old broken toys mostly. Sometimes I felt bad but I am spending time for them and I think my younger is more intelligent than elder (I am not comparing but said a fact). Once again thanks for joining and I didn’t get notification that is the reason for delaying reply. Have a wonderful day.
@shia88 (4575)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 09
Hi Sreekala, My son is going to be three years old in another three months. He is a very active boy and next year I will send him to nursery. My son has alot of toys, from robots,cars,puzzles,bicycles,storybooks,soft toys(barney and friends) and alot more to mention. It is good to buy some educational toys for our kids,it really do helps to stimulate their brains and helps up in their development. Let's take an example : a bicycle. When the first time my mother-in-law bought my son a bicycle, he showed no interest at all, he did not even know how to ride a bicycle.He seem scared to give it a try. It takes time for me to teach and guide him and explaining to him how fun it will be if he can ride a bicycle. In the next few weeks, he can started moving his bicycle around using his legs.It shows a positive effect and he was so curious and wanted to explore more from the bicycle. At last, for the next few months, he learnt the skill on how to ride a bicycle and now he can ride the bicycle very fast,sometimes he can even make some funny actions while riding on his bicycle. Sametime, he learn new things and also cycling is part of his daily exercise. Before I buy any toys for my son, I will consider carefully whether it is worhty to spend that kind of money or not. I don't want to waste my money on some unuseful toys.
@Sreekala (34402)
• India
12 Oct 09
Hi Shia, You narrated the example very beautifully and I liked it very much. Yes the practical experience is more valuable. Your son learnt to run the cycle in such a small age and I think you deserved the appreciation. Thank you very much for sharing. Have a nice day.
• India
3 Jul 09
Hi there, When children extend their knowledge and play experiences, they move into "Associative Play".In Stage when kids learn to play, Parents should give some special attention in watching on which toys, the kids are playing. In this stage, three and four year old children begin playing together but it is a loosely organized fashion. For example, if each child has a farm toy, they may talk about their tractor, but they will each run their own farm.If he is playing with toys like stethoscope, who knews he could become a doctor in future. The more mature child soon emerges as the leader or organizer in this stage of play. This stage is so important for children as well as parents. Here is where the children learn to get along with each other and parents can help by guiding the play, but not controlling it. Creative play with toys that do not limit children's imagination. Wooden toys are safe too.. Right? Have a nice time!
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
22 Jul 09
Hi dear, Yes, you are right on your observation. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a nice day.
@stephcjh (38702)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Playdough and Legos seem to be a good learning tool and a favorite. I never did have Legos as a kis though, but my daughter did.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
6 Jan 09
Hi stephcjh, Yes I do agree. Thanks for the response.
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
10 Dec 08
Toys have come a very long way since I was a child and I am very impressed with the options available now across all age groups. As far as I am concerned, any toy that manages to effectively combine a level of fun with challenges that stimulate a child mentally is an ideal choice. For example, toys that will only play music if a ball is dropped into a certain hole, or requires button combinations to be pressed or things to be put together in a certain way for things to work. The more stimulation a child gets mentally and physically from a toy, the more beneficial.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi James, Yeah, now there are different kinds of toys available even with fewer prices and according to the age of the kid. I think it is the responsibility of the parents to provide the right toys in the right time. You are right if a toy can stimulate a child mentally and physically that is the best toy for the child. Thanks for the response. Happy mylotting.
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@Anne18 (11030)
4 Dec 08
Anything they can look at, use there hands with and basically explore and learn about
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi Anne, thanks for your comments and have a nice time.
@mayka123 (15160)
• India
3 Dec 08
When ever I went to the market if I saw any toy that was suitable for my kids I would buy them. Most of the toys would be kind of educations where they either learnt to count or the alphabets or colours. Actually the kind of toys for a kid differs according to their likes and we should have something that will grab thier attention for some time. I only had a lot of dolls when I was a kid.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi dear, Situation changed entirely now, earlier we had dolls and now the dolls are able to dance, sing, etc. The technology grown up that much and all types of toys are available in market. Children's interest is also important. So it is parent's duty to find out the right thing in the right time. Thanks for the response. Happy mylotting.
@sid556 (30973)
• United States
2 Dec 08
As a parent & having been a child myself, I have to say that there are very few toys out there that are really worthy as far as a child's "needs". As a kid, most of the toys that I got...i got bored with fairly quickly. I'm older and so back in the day, we did not have all the technology to want for that kids now have. I think the best gifts that I got really early on were a radio and a record player. Music was a big thing in my home and so was reading...loved books. We were very creative back then as we did not have a lot of things to entertain us....we had to entertain ourselves. I raised my 4 children alone and times were tough. We did not have the money for many luxurys that many families take for granted. For a good part of their upbringing we did not have tv or even a vehicle...or a phone. At the time I felt horrible as a parent that I could not provide these things but looking back, I seriously think that the lacks we had are exactly what churned their creativity. They are grown now and none watches tv often or plays video games etc. Even my 14 year old rarely turns on her tv and tho she has a play station that her dad got her...she rarely uses it. So to answer your question, I really think the best gift you can give your children is fewer toys. Give them music, books,& craft items to stimulate their imagination. teach them to sew, macrame & cook.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
10 Dec 08
Hi Sid556, I am saluting you dear. Your suggestions are really valuable and are from your own experience. I didn't get any toys when I was a child and we were playing outdoor games with neighbourhod friends and I think it was really enjoyable rather than playing with toys. But now I am living in a city and my kids do not get opportunity to play outside and the only option is providing toys for them. I know how much struggles were there when your kids were small. I have two kids (7 years old and 19 months old) then also sometimes I can't provide much time for them and I felt really bad for that. But I am trying my best to find out time for them. Thank you for sharing such a nice views and I agree with you. Have a great time.
• Malaysia
1 Dec 08
hi sree, i dont have children, but when my sister was taking montessorie, they stressed on toys that can help with mental development of the children ... this can actually help he kids to develope their skilss in various aspects ... cheers
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
2 Dec 08
Hi Sanjana, I am happy to see you in my discussion again, thanks dear and happy mylotting.
@Sillychick (3277)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Here is an article with some suggestions. http://www.helium.com/items/286131-recommended-educational-toys-for-toddlers The best toys are the ones that allow your child to explore, be creative, and use them in a variety of ways.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
2 Dec 08
Hi Sillychick, I agree with you, thanks and happy mylotting.
@subha12 (18443)
• India
1 Dec 08
yes they learn something. I have seen my niece very interested in the puzzles. it is good for brain development. i ahve seen how 8 month old nephew has learned to call with a plastic phone.
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@Sreekala (34402)
• India
2 Dec 08
Hi Subha, It must be really cute to watch an 8 month old trying to call somebody. Now they are using mobile phone as toys. Thanks dear, happy mylotting.