Toys give our kids enjoyment that no other things could give. It is children’s nature to be playful that is why they are always looking out for action and toys are what pacify them and give them sheer sense of pleasure most of the time. Today, kids are very lucky. With the rapid advancement of technology, there’s also a rise in the variety of toys more so in battery operated or electronic toys. Most electronic toys give your kids interactive learning games that help them enrich their vocabulary or develop their skills in Mathematics.
One example of good electronic toy is RJ’s “Learn with Me letter Book”. It’s a spelling tablet that recognizes what you spell. Just touch the letter keys to learn and practice spelling. The spelled words appear on the screen. It will prompt you if you misspelled the words and would say “great” or “that’s right” if you spelled the words correctly. I bought its rechargeable batteries online when the original batteries worn out. Until now it is working and still as good as new. It’s a great educational toy for your toddlers and preschoolers.
However, playing with electronic toys for a long time is not good for your child as these might take over your child’s time for other activities. Do not forget that playing outside is still essential to your child’s development and health. They need to inhale fresh air and feel the sunshine. Not to mention the joy they can get while exploring the natural world. So as parent, control the amount your child spends in playing electronic games.
You have probably seen people, adults, who have always depended on other people to do something? Most of these people are good in expecting other people to do the dirty work even to the point of paying them. These people may be the boss but when trials and hardships come and there is no one to help, they will be the most pitiable ones because they cannot do anything on their own. Depending on the situation, sometimes the only way they will learn is the hard way. Do you like your children to grow up that way?
To combat that dilemma, it all starts when the child is very young: toddler age. When children are expected to play, many among parents would like to pamper their children with all the toys they can buy. It only takes a few years when the child gets used to the idea that all toys are bought brand new, shiny and colorful and come in wonderful packaging. The most common reasoning behind is giving their children what they themselves have not had when they were children. Or, since money is abundant, better buy the best toys money can buy. Most end up helpless and spoiled.
Instead, what you can do is encourage them to be builders by building their own toys. It starts with the parents, of course. Whether you have a boy or a girl, toys can be built and created. It helps the child develop his or her imagination. The toys may not look as good as the factory-made, store-bought ones but these toys that you help your child build or even create are special and a foundation for his or her mindset as he/she grows older. Being used to building or creating something will encourage invention and the habit of resourcefulness.
As long as your child is still under your care, you can start making the right move towards creation and innovation. The younger the child is, the better the reception. Give praises and/or rewards to accomplishments. If you need help on what projects to start, the internet is there to help you unfailingly.
I got so busy with household chores and other tasks since last week thus I have no time to play with RJ. Guilty as I am, I promised to play with her this weekend. It will be a 4 day vacation for her and hubby because of the National Heroes Day and Eid’l Fitr (end of the holy month of Ramadan) plus the regular weekend so we can play longer.
I may get easily caught up with work and other activities but it doesn’t mean I give less importance to RJ. Nothing is much more important to me than a time spend with her. It is just that sometimes I have deadlines to meet. I miss playing with her. Her favorite is the role playing…she’s the owner and cashier of a grocery store while I am the customer. She has a pink cash register that has a sound of the real barcode scanner. It has calculator too.
Playing with your kids can help you understand them more. You will learn what they need at each stage of development and what interest them. You will also see their talents and abilities, know what their desires are and test their patience that is why it is vital to join in from time to time, if not everyday.
RJ was five years old when we bought her cash register. It is battery operated and has plenty of accessories; play money, a pretend credit card, pretend food boxes and calculator. The drawer can be locked and makes sound when you open it just like the real thing and it has barcode scanner that looks like and sounds like the real usb barcode scanner when you click it. What I love most about this toy is it helped RJ learn how to add and subtract and how to count money. Toys are for fun but wouldn’t it be nice if our kids learn something while having fun? It’s like hitting two birds in one stone.
It is also important to know what your child learns in each toy most especially on your baby’s first developmental stages. Here are some of the toys and games and what your child learns from them.
What your child learns
develop visual skill
Soft toys, balls and puppets
heighten your baby’s sense of touch
Act-back toys like squeak toys, bath toys that make a splash
RJ is already eight years old but still she loves toys. She was hooked into molding clays when she was 4 to 5 years old, then to Barbie when she was 6 and 7 years old. Now, she loves playing monopoly with her friends.
She is also back to molding clays. She has Play-Doh ice cream maker, then just two weeks ago we bought this Play-Doh burger maker.
Would you believe, the money we used to buy this toy is from RJ’s own savings? She saved P650 ($14) from her baon since June. Hubby just added P150 so RJ can have this. We are so happy and proud that our girl knows the value of money and can already save for something she wants. Yes we can buy this toy for her, but we want her to experience and know the feeling of buying things from her own savings. After buying this toy she told me, “Mommy, ang sarap pala ng feeling (it feels good). I will save again because I want to buy new cellphone. The one with camera.” Waaah!RJ’s favorite gadget aside from her cellphone is our PC. Unlike before wherein she was using it for the games, she now uses it because of You Tube. She is searching for her favorite songs and MTVs on You Tube. I am so amazed how hi-tech children are these days.