At a young age, play is a vital part of developing social, intellectual and physical skills. Not only this, but research shows it improves health and quality of life. But with so many different types of toys available, from iPad apps to Lego building blocks, what are the best toys or apps to aid children in development and learning?
Electronic Learning Toys
It’s no surprise that I’m beginning to see more toddlers with iPads in their hands than ever before. This may seem a little strange but there are actually a huge variety of apps available to help children learn. The app Bumblebee Touchbook allows children to learn words by touching them onscreen to bring up an animation and hear the word spoken aloud. The story follows a bumblebee’s day and is set to classical music for even further stimulation. This is just one of many word and sound apps available.
Old School Learning Toys
Back to the flagship product of Lego building blocks. I believe there’s nothing better than going old school. Lego is great because it is very much suitable for all ages, including toddlers for whom there are larger, safer blocks. There are a wide variety of sets available, from free construction to more complex and precise structures. Lego promotes creativity and thinking and is something that the whole family can join in with.
Use A Variety of Learning Toys
There are a number of other toys available to promote the learning of different skills, for example the Scribble & Write from LeapFrog encourages children to write by tracing lights on a screen, also reinforcing letter recognition. Toys such as this help children physically with the likes of dexterity.
To find the best toys for learning, a little research is needed. Remember to read reviews about the product to ensure it’s exactly the type of learning you’re looking for. By using a combination of toys you should be able to encourage the development of a number of skills rather than focusing on just one.
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