Life would be much easier if we could just accept the fact that kids have always, and will always, spend most their time playing with toys. It doesn’t even matter what type of toy it is, kids will play with whatever, even a ball attached to a stick. As a parent, you can take advantage of this trait and “trick” kids into learning by playing. Kids, it is true, will play with anything that grabs their attention, so all the clever parents needs to do is give them appealing toys that will teach at the same time as they provide amusement.
While many people might object and say that educational toys are no fun, and that kids will not play with them, they are completely wrong. If you think that toys that teach are not fun, you simply have not found the right toy yet. Properly executed educational toys are tons of fun.
How is it possible for toys to educate my child, you ask? Well, by interacting with whatever rules or system a toy develops, children utilize certain skills. Educational toys are crafted in a way that promotes the use of skills that will be beneficial to children as they age. Skills that can be learned include fine motor skills, verbal and aural recognition skills, and problem solving skills.
Many of these skills come from various types of “puzzles” which are not necessarily the jigsaw type. If you want this type of educational toy to succeed you must choose a puzzle that is suited to your child’s needs and interests. If your child likes to solve mysteries, perhaps a toy that asks them to add together different math problems to get clues to a crime would be the perfect toy for them. If you head to your local toy store you should find literally hundreds of different puzzles, but if that errand doesn’t turn anything up you can also search on the Internet. Searching on the net will also allow you to see what other parents think of whichever toy you are considering.
You know your child better than anyone, so you will know if puzzles are going to work for him or her. If they are not, maybe you should consider an electronic alternative, video games. That’s right, not all video games center on a never ending stock of enemies to kill or sports, and there are many that will help your child to learn. Remember that the games on the computer are helping them learn, and that just because it is a game doesn’t mean that it is a waste of time.
Finally, if you are simply overwhelmed by the choices available to you after you’ve started looking into educational toys and games, remember that there is a huge online community of other parents who are in the same boat as you are. You can connect with them and work together to educate your kids, the fun way. That old Italian saying about it taking a village to raise a child may be true after all.