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As the trend to label toys because"educational" continues to grow, parents may wonder if the hype associated with these types of toys is true and if they're worth the money. Below are five tips from education and toy specialists on what to consider when selecting an educational toy to your child:
The tie between schooling and toys has always existed with the continuing wave of high-technology educational toys, lots of the toys parents and teachers used to associate learning might no longer be known because of their educational value. "The best toys are easy and open-ended," says Ellen Wild, chairperson of the Early Childhood Program at Dutchess Community College.
mr immortal toy proposes giving kids crayons, markers and plain paper, together with envelopes and stickers to promote considering writing. She also points into blocks, Legos, and manipulatives (think: stacking toys, shape sorters) to help develop modest muscles in the palms and fingers in anticipation of composing and to help with perceptual motor abilities. Wild says she does see kids that have been entertained too exclusively by electronics and toys with"bells and whistles". "A lot of these children have not heard persistence, an ability to concentrate without being entertained," says Wild,"(They) have not enjoyed being creative in their own and aren't excited by books and learning."
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Individualize your approach
"Toys are tools in creating the learning environment," says Natasha Kravchenko, representative of Educational Toys Planet, an online merchant since 2002. Kravchenko states it is important to pick the right toy for the child's age, attention or period. And not to buy exactly what you would like or exactly what you wanted as a kid but to buy the toy that is suitable for your child's personality. She suggests considering which toys will make your child want to discover something new, enhance their skills, and encourage independent learning. "You can assess consumer's reviews and producer's age recommendations, but your selection should mostly depend on your child," states Kravchenko,"not other people's opinion about the toy"
Visit the land of make believe
"The best toys are ones that boost creativity and pretend play," says Nancy Werner, Kindergarten teacher at Traver Road School at Pleasant Valley. "These toys also develop with the child and they can use them for many purposes."
Werner, who has a four-year older, suggests dress up clothes, play dolls and food to nurture creativity, production of language and stories that result in reading comprehension and writing skills. She also recommends creative games that be played adults or other children, such as Candy Land, for growing counting, cooperation, turn taking and problem solving.
Parents should be cautious about the claims made by educational toy commercials. "Children can only develop at the pace they're capable."
Taylor says that attempting to accelerate a child's development can actually slow down it since children are made to do things for which they aren't developmentally ready. The result is that children are prevented from doing exactly what they should do at their stage of growth.
"It's crucial that you have conversations with children and ask them questions to help them explain and believe than to invest hundreds of dollars on a toy or video which will be just a 1 way'conversation'," says Werner.
Werner and Wild either point to novels, either purchased or borrowed, as being among the very best educational assets your youngster can own. And one of the greatest tools parents can use to educate their kids. "Among the very best educational'toys' for a kid is an adult who spends time speaking, reading, and appreciating the wonders of earth with (them)," says Wild.