Importance of Toys and Playtime in the Life of a Child

Toys are essential tools to facilitate fostering the mental, physical, emotional and
social development of kids. They are the basic instruments for accelerating the
development of children’s fantasy, thoughts and creativity. The potential to improve
the learning and experimenting process in the child’s life through toys and play time
is immense. As a parent or a teacher, it is often challenging to help a child realise
his/her potential but a good parent or a teacher also finds it stimulating and inspiring.
Play time is something, which provides a unique opportunity to gain new insights
about the kid. The right kind of toys given at the right time can help in the following
Development of Linguistic Skills
An infant tries to communicate through little gurgles he/she makes. They try to
express a number of emotions like pleasure, dismay, excitement etc. through those
sounds. Providing tools in the form of toys help them in discovering new ways to
communicate, express themselves, and experience role-playing, all of which can
help them to better understand the world, overcome shyness, gain self-confidence,
and provide practical and positive ways to succeed.
Cognitive Thinking
The very first step towards cognitive thinking is when a child discovers that, “If I cry
mommy will come and hold me”. After this, they keep finding reasons in everything
and puzzles, building blocks etc. help them in realising it more and more. With
games like chess, checkers etc. they begin understanding the process of strategy
and logic. They get involved in analysing questions and finding answers to them,
thus developing their reasoning power.
Gaining Confidence
Playing with other children makes them confident. They also understand that winning
and losing are both vital in life.
Develop Social Skills
Man is a social creature and hence to learn the importance of socialising and sharing
right from the beginning is important. They also understand how to deal with peers.
Following Directions
Children learn to read and understand directions and instructions and follow them
while playing. This is vital as at every step in their life they will need it.
Toys and playtime have a foremost role in children’s play with one another and help
them build up in public. Taking time to understand the importance of this time and

using the values of games will open new paradigms and enrich both the child and
the parent or the teacher.

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