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A child’s mental and physical health depends upon the effectiveness of the parent’s developmental skills. In order to bring up an active child, the parent caters to all their needs through engagement in different activities – usually via toys.
Thus, the parent must focus upon the gross motor skills, the fine motor skills, emotional development and cognitive development.
Let’s take a look at each of these:
Gross Motor Skills
A child needs to learn generation of balance and coordination, recognition of their surrounding and a sense of individual hard work. This occurs when the child is introduced to play-sets often located outdoors, yet ones that can easily be moved indoors.
Coco Egg Cup is an example of one such intriguing play set which is portable as well as indulging for the child’s gross motor skill.
Similarly, a manual Race Car constructed without pedals, driven in a traditional method, however, developing the use of lower body muscles such as the legs and the thighs, aiding to the child’s reciprocal coordination, balancing and coordination skills as well as weight movement, overall fostering its gross motor skills.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills, being the next most focused upon characteristic, are elaborated through muscle movements in the fingers and the wrists, and the manipulation of objects through visuals. Thus, playing Xylophone can improve the fine motor skills through finger and wrist movement while also increasing analysis and targeting hand-eye coordination.
Playing Xylophone can improve the fine motor skills through finger and wrist movement while also increasing analysis and targeting hand-eye coordination.
Likewise, Spades are a great way to encourage the child’s fine motor skill development as the child exerts energy outdoors, through the usage of fingers and hand movements as well as developing thinking and decision-making skills as to what use or shape to put the sand in to.
A combination of block toys, differing in color patterns, is easy to grasp for tiny hands, which not only engages the visual effects but also the fine motor skills through finger movements.
During play, children build up their self-confidence, sense of individuality, sense of belonging, body language and their socializing skills.
Playing with peers and generally socializing, develops a sense of consideration of others’ feelings which is the foundation of future relations. Playing with plush toys develops a sense of nurturing in the child as they are responsible for the toy and pretend to take care of them. This develops a sense of sympathy and tenderness amongst the kids.
Playing with plush toys develops a sense of nurturing in the child as they are responsible for the toy and pretend to take care of them. This develops a sense of sympathy and tenderness amongst the kids.
Little stand-up figures portraying different emotional expressions indulge the child’s sense of perception and breed the identification of various emotions in the child.
Outdoor activities lead to interaction with peers, effectively helping nurture the child’s social and interpersonal skills.
Play also adds on to the child’s cognitive skills and helps them enhance memory, grasping, sensory and thinking skills so as to differentiate between, for say, bright and dull.
This set of outdoor based play set is laden with different accessories, colors and sizes, fostering the visual tracking sense of the child that further enhances their thinking and understanding skills.
Speedy stacking and unstacking of this stacker set can help trigger the motor and cognitive skills simultaneously. This toy involves memory and speed and thus implants the knowledge of the difference between two actions.
When played with peers, this enables the child to commit to healthy competition and friendly interaction.
Conclusively, such examples of effective child development through toys, if acted upon, lead to the upbringing of healthy, sharp and active young adults.
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