A child’s favourite plaything says a lot about their personality and character. When a child chooses a dog as their favourite stuffed animal, it could mean that they could grow up to be an animal lover. If they prefer crayons and pencils, they could grow up to be creative and become artists. Each child has a different personality to them that shows in the things they interact with on a day-to-day basis – but just how important are these items in their development?
Develops Motor Skills
The first thing a child does when they see something they have never seen before is to grab it. Touching it allows them to observe the new thing up close and this also allows their other senses like sight and smell (and sometimes taste) to experience this new item.
This learning experience is most commonly seen when a child discovers new baby toys. Motor skills are being developed whenever a child encounters a new toy. Things like dolls or miniature cars allow the child to develop their senses of touch and sight while toys such as bicycles let them use their arms and legs, allowing them to learn how to properly use their limbs while strengthening them at the same time.
Playtime allows a child’s imagination to run wild. Any scenario that is created during playtime simulates the child’s brain and helps boost their creativity. Activities, like playing house and playing doctor, allow children to be familiar with normal, everyday situations while sword fights and magic teaches children about abstract concepts.
It’s important for children to have the confidence to be themselves. Teaching them at a young age to be free in who they are, helps so they develop the proper social skills needed. Free play helps children explore things on their own, giving them full autonomy over how they want play time to go. This instils the value that they have their own mind and that they have the confidence to express themselves in whatever way they want.
Makes Them Aware Of Others
One of the challenges that most children face is to share their play time with others. Encouraging a child to play with other children shows them that they have to be aware of what others feel. One child may want to play house while the other wants to race cars, and so comes in the compromise a child must face. These situations help children develop the right social skills that they need for dealing with conflict later on, so it’s best to expose them early to these situations in forms that they can easily learn from.
Children are always curious and excited to learn about new things. Most of the time, they like to learn as they go instead of simply just reading about it. It’s important to keep this aspect of their personality alive while helping them learn and grow, especially when it comes to developing the right skills needed for when they grow up.