Friday, April 26, 2013

Educational toys for Kids And Toddlers

Educational toys for Kids And Toddlers

Educational toys for Kids

Toys must be suitable with the growth of kids. When your kids play with toys, the toys not only fun but also must help them to stimulate their intelligence. Some researcher gives the list of the top educational toys. Here we guide you to choose the suitable toys for your kids, toddlers and infants

·       Educational toys for kids age 0 – 12 months

Nora Newcombe, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist at Temple University, in Philadelphia says that “Toys don't have to be black and white so long as the colors contrast with each other," because the first three months babies aren’t able to do much more than observe their surroundings. As though their visions are still blurry, as an education for them, they have to see bright, touch boldly patterned items, and full colour. Here are some examples of educational toys which you can give for your infants:
    • Rattles
    • Unbreakable mirrors
    • Floor gyms
    • Activity boards
    • Soft, washable, colorful stuffed animals or dolls with a smiling face
    • Small stuffed fabric balls

·         Educational toys for kids age 1 – 2 years

Robin Goodman, Ph.D., director of NYU Child Study Center's says that “Your baby is fascinated by cause and effect and will enjoy any toy that responds to his actions and makes use of newly acquired motor skills,". The toys for this age must allow them to hit or stimulate them to press buttons and then the music play. Educational toys with high-tech such as: name a letter, a shape, or a number also appropriate for them although they are still young for learning ABCs, the toys must help them to exposed the language. Here are some references of educational toys for your toddlers:

    • Stacking rings
    • Nesting cups or boxes
    • Push- or pull-toys that make noise or have pieces that pop up or move
    • Hammering sets that let kids hammer pegs or balls through holes
    • Simple, sturdy musical instruments like tambourines, drums, or maracas
    • Shape sorters
    • Large play vehicles, such as a school bus or a fire engine, plus plastic people that ride in them
    • Puzzles with four or five pieces
    • Rubber ducks or toy boats for bathtime
·         Educational toys for 2 – 3 years

Dr. Newcombe says. A boy may use his dump truck to scoop up sand, while a girl might pretend to feed her doll and put it down for a nap. In this stage, the kids need some toys which can fulfill their purpose. Because the kids of this stage are more purposeful and have had fine motor skills to complete puzzle or build the blocks by themselves. They are very active in this age. They still enjoy playing push –and pull toys, but it will be better if you ask them to try ride-on toys. You can start from ask them to propel with their feet and move on to a tricycle. Here are some examples of educational toys that you can use:
·         Dolls and stuffed animals
·         Props for make-believe play, such as toy telephone, a tea-party set, a toy kitchen, or a doll stroller
·         Ride-on toys and tricycles
·         Musical instruments (especially popular are those with flashing lights on the keys that your child needs to press in order to play a tune)
·         Large transportation toys with buttons to make a horn honk or a siren whistle
·         Puzzles
·         Construction toys that snap together

·         Educational toys for 4 – 5 years

Marianne Szymanski, suggests "Choose toys that say positive things like 'Good job. Let's try again' instead of ones that make negative beeping noises whenever kids get an answer wrong," because in this age the kids are going to enter new phase which we called golden age. In this age, the kids can save what they see, what they hear into their long term memory so, the toys for them must there’s a tremendous explosion in learning ability at this age, and it's a good time to introduce interactive educational toys that teach math and verbal skills, such as phonics boards or mini computers. The kid’s imagination also increase in this age. They can fantasize themselves to be someone else or to do some occupation such as: doctors, pilots, engineer, police officer, etc. here are some educational toys for this stage:
·         Art supplies and craft kits
·         Blocks of different shapes
·         Electronic phonics toys
·         Construction sets with large pieces, such as Legos or Lincoln Logs
·         Puzzles of greater complexity
·         Action figures
·         Barbies
·         Dress-up clothes
·         Transportation toys, such as parking garages, airports, and train stations
·         Board games that don't require reading, such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, Yahtzee Jr., or Candyland
·         Soccer balls and basketballs
·         Bicycles with training wheels

·         Educational toys for 6 – 7 years
" This is the age when kids often become huge fans of computer games, but they also enjoy having their friends over to play sports, card games, and board games” because in this age the kids have got the real education from their school and teachers. The toys must support their education activity. Educational toys for this stage are the toys which can develop their own interests. The kids can differentiate the common and uncommon toys, they will ask certain toys when almost all of their friends has owned that kind of toys. To avoid your kids ask you the toys that they haven’t already had here are some toys that you can prepare for them:
·         Remote-control cars
·         Basic science kits
·         Magnets, magnifying glasses, and telescopes
·         Craft kits
·         Barbies
·         Game Boys
·         Computer and video games
·         Construction sets, such as Legos or K'Nex
·         Sports equipment
·         Board games that involve strategy, including chess and checkers

Educational toys for 8+ years

"These years are all about doing things that give kids a sense of mastery and competence," Szymanski says. In this stage, the kids acquire adult-like interests, abilities, and hobbies and may display a passion by becoming a collector. They also enjoy outdoors sports and activity such as: scooters, bicycle, and in-line skaters. For the girls, they still enjoy playing craft and writing diaries while the boys are interested in computer and video games irresistible. By playing computer and video games they challenge themselves to get the highest score and be the winner. Competition and racing dominated their activity. they also enjoy working longer project although they must take a day to complete. Here are references for toys and activity tools for this stage:
  • Computer and video games
  • Craft kits
  • More elaborate science kits
  • Outdoor sporting equipment
  • Intricate construction sets
  • Board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit Junior
  • Model kits
those are examples of educational toys for kids and toddlers. i wish that information can be useful for your family.

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