“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.” - O.Fred Donaldson.
Now that we know that playing is important for children, here is another key factor that plays a big role in making playtime more meaningful for children and that is the choice of toys which you buy for them. Yes! Toys can be more than just fun and games for kids. If chosen wisely toys can offer a great opportunity for children to develop early childhood skills.
So what does your child do after school or on weekends? We've all come across this question as parents haven't we? And often the reason why we are asked this question by a fellow parent is to find out what are the activities or after school classes that your child attends in order to spend productive time after school. And this is the solution that even the toymakers are trying to fulfil by designing unique toys and games as tools for parents to keep their kids engaged for hours.
In this hunt for ways to keep the kids busy, we over schedule our children and tend to forget the most important tool that helps children learn how to keep themselves busy themselves (hint: as compared to other tools this option is totally free of cost). Yes! You guessed it right! It is called free play!
Also known as unstructured play, free play allows children the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or instructions. Remember your childhood days? You may not have had the abundance of games and toys that your children have these days, but what you had was the ample amount of time for unstructured play that helped you explore your environment and create our own games.