Wasteful Spending: Importance of Buying Toys Which Have Positive Effect on Child's
Children learn through playing and toys and it is no wonder that a specific tool for this playtime can influence a
child’s development positively or negatively. Some parents want their kids to learn as much as they can thus
buying them too many toys to encourage proper development, but this can only make a child bored and
disinterested due to the feeling of being able to have everything he/she wants. There is no need to buy tons of
toys and spend great amounts of money on them, when moderation and simplicity have proven their usefulness
many times before.
Toys that promote physical and motor development
From early years it is important to provide a child with enough motivation to move around, walk properly and
develop good hand-eye coordination. Simple toys that involve sounds, colors and shapes are a good start for improving audiovisual skills. Rattles, teething toys and musical boxes are a great way to introduce a child to some more
demanding activities. Moreover, with toys such as rubber riding ponies and even age-appropriate Twister,
children will be able to become physically strong and have less problems involving growth process.
Toys that promote cognitive development
When it comes to encouraging cognitive development, there are many budget friendly and easily accessible
toys as well as many useful household items. Simple drawing and art kits can tackle child’s ability to create.
Moreover, it is important to leave the child to try to use some regular items at home such as boxes, pencils,
bottles, foil, even stones, etc. and devote time to making something even if it does not have a comprehensive
meaning to adults. Dolls do not have to be expensive and a child does not need too many of them – even one
is enough to interest the child to invest time in role playing and practicing handling different situations.
Furthermore, reading books can do wonders for child’s ability to think more openly and freely while stacking
blocks at a bit older age will improve the child’s imagination and ability to handle items with patience and
confidence in their spatial-visual skills.
Toys that promote logical development
Not only do toys like puzzles, board games and even online math games encourage the development of logic
skills but they also teach children some basics of social behavior when playing with other kids. If parents show
how fun these types of toys can be, children are likely to develop similar feelings towards them, thus getting
more interested into education. Organizing small competitions when playing these games is perfectly normal
for children and they should be encouraged to seek fun with them even if they lose because this way their
personality will become stronger, making them more prepared for future challenges.
Collecting as a way to instill positive values
Children find a lot of amusement in collecting different things and this activity should be supported by the
parents. Collectibles can be different kinds of toys, from plastic cars, animals and funny bobbleheads, to
napkins, interesting stones and pressed flowers. It is important not to limit a child’s creativity when organizing
and making collections because this will only cause the kid to stop. Instead, if their collections are praised,
children will try to perfect them while adding new bits and pieces and keeping their display nice and tidy, thus learning how to be patient, organized, neat and meticulous.
It is not about how many toys a child has or how expensive they are. When thinking about best toys for a child’s
development, parents do not need to look further from their own childhood. Of course, modern technology can
be a great help, too. If they are showed how fun something can be and left to decide what they want to do
without parents’ interference, children will be able to spend quality time playing and learning, without fear to
ask adults for help when necessary.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with
her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. She is contributor on High Style Life and her motto is:
“Live the life you love, love the life you live.”