Quoting O. Fred Donaldson, “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
Play is a very essential part of a child’s life. It allows a child to be more creative and develop their imagination, dexterity, motor skills; physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Initially, it is through play that a child engages and interacts with its surroundings.
As a parent, you’re keen on nurturing a play-based environment for the child and with so many options available in the market, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. The major portion of play is held by toys, thus it is very important to get the right toy for the child. The toys and activities that a child is exposed to has an impactful role in their mental and physical development.
Well, it is a fact that parents purchase things and later give a thought that it was a waste. Here's a handy list of 5 questions to ask yourself before purchasing a toy to help kids in learning and building strong relationships with others and the world.
1. Is The Toy You Are Looking At Age-Appropriate?
Lately, most toys available in the market come with a label that indicates what age is it appropriate for. But there is always a confusion in the mind of parents whether the toy will be welcomed by the child or not. If the age range is young for the child, he or she may get bored too easily. If the range is old then he or she may get frustrated.
That’s where Skola Toys come into picture! Skola toys are well-researched and designed toys for all ages from 1-8 and have phases of learning that add value to a child’s toy collection and imparts knowledge as well.
2. Does It Interest Your Child?
The interests and hobbies in children are seen at a very early age. Some children may love animals; Some might find peace in natural substances like trees, fruits, vegetables and animals; Some might enjoy a specific cartoon character or a personality; Some may show curiosity towards music, dance or even outer space.
Plus it's always safe to get toys that relate to a child’s current interests. It helps fuel an already existing interest in the child.
3. Does It Encourage Creativity In Your Child?
Creativity can be instilled in children at a very early age. Playing with toys has a major role in letting children explore their creative side. Parenting is all about choosing the right things for your child’s mental and physical growth. As you choose a toy for the child, it is very important to see how does the toy target the creative side and gets their imagination going.
In today’s era, children spend a lot of time in front of screens passively. So, it is very important to encourage creative exploration for the children to actively learn about themselves and the world.
4. Are Your child's toy safe?
Children are very curious by nature and they tend to explore things around them. They are unaware about the do's and dont's of exploring things with mouth. Thus, if the toy is plastic made and have sharp edges it can be dangerous for the child. It is always appropriate to buy toys which are made from natural materials like wood.
5. Does It Have An ‘Educational Value’?
Toys are a very essential part of a child’s learning process. They are a way through which children learn new things in an interesting and exciting way, from an early age. When young children play with the same toy over and over again for the same purpose, they gain confidence in their abilities which in turn leads to exploration and playing even further.
At Skola, we believe that learning is done better and right with play. Toys that encourage learning along with fun are the best for growing kids as it is very engaging and adds value to their personality.
Follow the four “S” guidelines while buying a toy for your child.
S for size: Smaller the child is, bigger the toy should be.
S for shape: No sharp or rough edges.
S for surface: Make sure that the toy is non-toxic and non-flammable.
S for strings: No strings, cords, ropes or ribbons on toys.
The best toys are those that promote different aspects of a child’s learning and development which includes: creativity, imagination, coordination, motor skills, stimulation, physical development, problem solving, social skills, reading and writing, confidence and discovering the world. So it is very important to ask these questions for a child’s betterment when you buy a toy.At Skola, each and every toy is thoroughly researched and designed in such a way that it helps in development of different aspects of a child encouraged by play, giving them a safe choice when it comes to promoting learning and development in children.