Importance of Toys & Books in Child Development
Three aspects of the home literacy environment promote children’s learning and language:
- Learning Activities (e.g., daily book reading),
- Parenting Quality (e.g. responsiveness), and
- Learning Materials (e.g. age-appropriate toys and books)
Early experiences determine whether a child’s developing brain architecture provides a strong or weak foundation for all future learning
Importance of Toys in Child Development
A review of research concludes that play enhances early development from 33% to 77%.
Decades of research have documented that play has a crucial role in the optimal growth, learning, and development of children from infancy through adolescence.
Nearly everything the growing child needs to learn is developed and practiced in play & toys, including concrete skills, such as counting, motor co-ordination, speech and abstract skills, including imagination, problem-solving, planning, and ‘learning how to learn’.
It is true that children who show the highest levels of play involvement and complexity score high on various assessments of cognitive functioning and communication.
Competent children play more, and through play any child’s competence can be improved.
Playful children are happier, better adjusted, more co-operative, and more popular with their peers than those who play less.
Not just toys but RIGHT Toys and VARIETY of Toys make a positive impact on child’s development
- Right (Age Appropriate) Toys
For toys to be "effective" they should be suited to the child's age, abilities and interests. Each age group of children has distinct and unique developmental characteristics.
- Variety of Toys
In one study the availability of toys in infancy was related to the child’s IQ at 3 years of age.
Children with access to a wide range of well-selected toys are more likely to be challenged & stimulated and therefore reach higher levels of intellectual development.
“A well-selected range of toys will encourage children to explore the world around them in different ways, stimulating development of all the senses” Professor Jeffrey H. Goldstein - University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
A variety ensures that you promote the development of the whole child and not simply target specific developmental areas at the expense of others.
Importance of Books in Child Development
As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to boost your children's learning potential.
Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of introducing books to your child from birth (reading to your child):
- A stronger relationship with you
Reading is a nurturing activity that will bring you and your child closer.
- Academic Excellence
Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
- Basic Speech Skills
By listening to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language.
- The basics of how to read a book
Reading to your child will help him/her understand that that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images.
- Better Communication Skills
By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
- More Logical Thinking Skills
Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment.
- Enhanced concentration and discipline
Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.
- Instill a lifelong love of learning and reading
Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older. Early readers not only become lifelong readers, but also lifelong learners.
An early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person's brain well into their late teens, a two-decade-long research study has shown.
Scientists found that the more mental stimulation a child gets around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.
It really does support the idea that those early years (Birth to 6 years) are especially influential for the development of the child's personality, talents, mental & physical abilities to their fullest potential