Many parents today are looking for educational toys for their children to help them develop skills that will be necessary later in school and in life. This means that computer games that teach math and reading readiness skills, and puzzles and other toys with an object often top the shopping list for Christmas, birthdays and other occasions. While these types of toys are good and often worthwhile, in their zest to select these educational toys, they often overlook the most educational toys of all, those that encourage creative play.
Creative kids toys are highly educational for children and help them build a number of useful skills from using their imagination to co operating with others and all kinds of math and social readiness skills. For example, take a simple creative kids toy like a doll house. Sure playing dolls is fun, and having a doll house makes playtime that much more enjoyable. However, doll houses serve many educational purposes as well. First, often children play dolls with their friends, sisters or brothers and even mom or dad. By playing with others, children learn to cooperate, share ideas, and to compromise. These are all very important lessons that a child will need as they grow into adulthood.
However, a dollhouse is an educational toy in other ways as well. For example, when children rearrange furniture in a doll house they learn about space and spatial distances. They also learn there is more than one right way to do things and when they make a mistake, it can be corrected.
Or take a creative toy like a train table and train set. Building your own railroad the dimensions of the train table teaches children pre math skills, and how to problem solve. Then once the railroad is done the child learns about the world as his train travels to different locations. He may even set up entire communities, build bridges and tunnels. From this type of creative toy your child has the opportunity of learning many things not just a math skill, or logical thinking those are there and so much more.
Other creative toys such as tractors and dump trucks teach a child a little about mechanics and how things work as well as being able to use math such as how many dump truck loads will take to fill in a hole or build a mountain. Not to mention that this type of toy will encourage your child to build roads, ask about what farmers do, and partake in many other learning activities as well.
Even something as simple as a table and chairs can be seen as creative toy as it will allow your child a number of scenarios, which are all educational. They can learn social skills by arranging a tea party, learn a little about business by running a cafe, or simply use the table to draw or paint or play school.