Parents may not spend much time thinking about the imaginary learning toys they provide their children, but maybe they should start. A closer look at playtime shows that different types of toys stimulate different types of child development.
For children, playtime is more than fun and games. Playtime gives children a safe way to experience and learn about the real world without all the risks associated with the real world. Playtime is actually productive time that has been shown to develop talents, character, social skills, language skills, creativity, emotional strength, brainpower, and self-discipline.
To help parents consider the impact of different types of pretend learning toys and the impact those toys have on child development, here is a list of different learning toys that are known to stimulate pretend play.
1. The dolls and dollhouses available today can be amazingly realistic, helping children to imitate real life and play with their fictional doll family members. The emotions and jumps developed during this game time are real. Little girls can become very attached to their dolls as they practice loving and caring for another person.
2. Stuffed toys are great tools for teaching imaginative play and role-play, especially during the toddler years. It is during these years that children begin to play out fantasies where their stuffed toys come to life. Many children develop strong emotional relationships with their stuffed toys, making for a warm and meaningful relationship in their early years.
3. The puppets are designed to facilitate role-playing and acting. Playing with puppets helps children define and explore relationships in a safe environment. Unlike other toys based on established characters, most puppets are based on unknown characters, providing a blank slate for children to use their own imaginations to develop and define the character and their relationships with others. .
4. Transportation toys such as cars, trucks, trains and planes allow children to let their imaginations run wild on trips across town or around the world. Transportation learning toys remove geographic boundaries to expand imaginative play to new frontiers. Kids can enjoy adventurous trips to new places without leaving home.
5. Kitchen and house toys, like a pretend vacuum cleaner, give kids a greater sense of self-worth by using the same heavy equipment and doing the same jobs around the house as mom (and dad?).
6. Costumes are the best fantasy toys for role-playing games. Costumes like cowboy clothes for boys and ballerina costumes for girls take them right into the fictional realm where all their dreams come true.
7. Theme games provide a fictional setting for real-world situations, such as supermarket cash registers, ATM machines, play food games, and play doctor games. Theme sets help children understand the world around them and motivate them to learn more about these real-world encounters.
Perhaps the best way for young children to learn is by reading books aloud to them, allowing them to interact and participate in the stories. However, second only to books, imaginary learning toys promote child development in many different ways.