Why playing is important for your child and the best toys for them – Eagles Vine

Playing is not just for fun and recreation, it is rather the fundamental way in which children learn. Thus, it is important for us as parents to ensure that when children play, it’s not just a waste of time.

#MindfulParenting: Best toys for your child's development

The best toys parents should invest in

It is a common question asked by parents – which toy should they invest in so it can also help the child learn and have fun at the same time.

If you are also confused, here are the top 5 toys that Dr Pallavi Rao Chaturvedi suggests every kid must own.

Category 1: Blocks

You will be surprised to know that just 20 minutes of unaided play with blocks aid mathematical skills, logical thinking.

You can choose from a wide variety of blocks including soft ones, wooden blocks, legos and magnet tiles available in the market.

Blocks are the best toy to improve spatial awareness, mathematical skills and logical reasoning.

Category 2: Puzzles

The market is filled with jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, picture puzzles and the bigger four-piece puzzle for smaller children. Puzzles are great for cognitive development. They help keep the brain well energised and exercised.

Category 3: Messy play

Messy play is where your child fiddles with kinetic sand, slime or play dough. It helps in the sensorial development of the child. It is therapeutic and pleasurable. It aids fine motor skills and finger muscle strength, which later contributes to the writing skills of the children.

Category 4: Dramatic play toys

Roleplay and dramatic play with doctor set, kitchen set, chor police, teacher- teacher aids emotional development and EQ building of children.

Category 5: Musical toys

From xylophone, drum kit to casio, music toy is a must-have. They help imbibe musical intelligence.

Bonus tip

Look for ways to use a toy to achieve a variety of objectives. For example, a set of blocks can also be used for counting, creating patterns and sequences. This breaks the fatigue of playing one type of game with one toy.

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