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LEARNING CAN BE FUN
5 Ways Toys Help Your Child Learn
Toys aren't all fun and games — they're critical for your
child's healthy development! As she makes her way from blocks to
books to crayons to teddy bears, your child is building
pre-academic skills such as:
- Physical dexterity. Swings, wading pools, doll carriages,
child-sized vehicles and ride-on toys help build strength,
confidence, and balance.
- Creativity. Finger paints, play dough, paper, and crayons all
encourage artistic development, plus the fine-motor skills
required for writing.
- Problem-solving. Nature-based activities such as making
mud-pies and digging in the sandbox help your child become an
experimenter and investigator. Blocks, and anything your child
can separate into groups, also encourage both manipulation (good
for motor-skill development) and categorization.
- Language development. Reading picture books together is
extremely important to building your little one's communication
- Social skills. Dolls and stuffed animals can be used to
represent people and play out troubling emotions or situations.