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Child Development Toys:
Helping Your Child Develop
Learning And Social Skills

Child Development Toys...

Child development toys

If you are interested in encouraging the positive development of your child's cognitive, physical, or social skills you should make sure your child have access to development toys that not only provides him with entertainment but also encourages his healthy development.

Toys play an important role in your child's learning process.

When children play with toys they not only interact with one another and develop social skills, they also make choices, solve problems and apply some control over their environment.

Toys that encourage cognitive development include puzzles and memory games. Matching games, sequencing games and number games are excellent toys that encourages your child to develop number sense and numeration as well as his sequencing skills.

Toys that encourage scientific thought include water and sand play toys that involve measuring, sifting and pouring of different sensory material.

Toys that encourage large muscle development include bicycles, climbers, slides, large balls and planks.

Toys that encourage small muscle development... which is important in developing those small muscles in the hands that enable your child to hold writing tools... include puzzles, small blocks, connecting toys, and even markers and crayons.

Dramatic play toys such as dolls, doll furniture, doll clothing, dress up clothing and kitchenware are excellent toys that encourage a high level of imaginary play.

Keep in mind, when choosing toys, to choose open-ended toys, such as play dough, blocks and paint. The play opportunities with these open-ended toys are limited only to your child's imagination.

It is also important to match the toys with your child’s developmental age... which might be higher or lower than his physical age.

Take into account your child's skill and growth level when choosing toys, because a toy that is too difficult will cause frustration...

...For example; a child development toy requiring your child to string beads is terrific if your child has developed some eye-hand coordination. But if he has no eye-hand coordination this toy will only aggravate, discourage and disappoint him.

A child development toy that is developmentally appropriate can help build your child's self –esteem and allow him to build a positive self concept. The first time your child rides his bike without any assistance from you he will feel a sense of control and an "I can do it!" attitude.

You will want to keep safety in mind when choosing toys. If the toy is for your young child, make sure there are no removable parts which he could swallow, choke on, or stick in his ears.

Make sure the toy is easy to clean, so that you can cut down on germs, and also make sure the toys do not have any sharp or jagged edge.

Get in the habit of checking your child's toys regularly to ensure that there are no broken pieces, and be especially careful of electrical toys, because poor wiring may cause damage.

Selecting high quality child development toys can allow your child the best opportunities to develop his learning and social skills.

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