With some of the technology on the market today, we tend to forget about traditional toys for kids that are essential for the developing mind and body. It is easy to give in to the media’s latest trend and buy kids that crazy new toy that does everything for them. It’s OK to do this occasionally, but remember, traditional toys were created with the health and well-being of children in mind. If traditional toys are taken away all together, your child will be missing out on crucial physical and mental development.
#1 – Balls
Balls get kids out of the house and into the fresh air. They provide physical exercise and help with hand to eye coordination. If used in a sport, the concept of working as a team is reinforced. There are also rules, direction and planning involved. Balls are small traditional toys, but their lessons are big.
#2 – Bikes
Bikes are one of the traditional toys that provide the best exercise and balancing skills. Children must also learn traffic rules and bicycle maintenance. Navigation skills come into play as the child gets older and takes longer trips.
#3 – Blocks
Blocks reinforce spacial relations, coordination, and balance. Colored, numbered and alphabet blocks help children to recognize symbols and begin to read and do basic math.
#4 – Board games and playing cards
Board games and playing cards are very versatile traditional toys. They teach nearly everything. Some things children learn through game play include taking turns, counting, analytical thought, strategy, money, organization, categorization, social skills, and language.
#5 – Bubbles, balloons and pinwheels
These traditional toys all are designed to strengthen the lungs and teach breathing control techniques. These can be very important in keeping the mind and body healthy. Don’t forget, the brain needs oxygen for proper mental function.
#6 – Clay for sculpting
Shaping and molding clay is therapeutic for children and adults. Forming an object from clay satisfies the human need to build and create. Hand eye coordination is put to the test here as well. Squeezing and pounding the clay to remove air bubbles can help deal with feelings of anger and frustration.
#7 – Crayons and coloring books
Crayons and coloring books obviously teach children to recognize different colors. These traditional toys also help with coordination and hand control. Children will have to choose the likely color for each object, resulting in brain exercise.
#8 – Dolls
Dolls teach small uncoordinated hands to be gentle. Dolls are traditional toys that also teach proper parenting and social skills when well supervised. Make believe is a dress rehearsal for real life situations. It’s very important to child development.
#9 – Musical instruments
These traditional “toys” are not strictly toys but should be introduced into children’s lives at an early age. Start with small concepts such as if I do this, this is the noise that results. Reading music is a conceptual skill linking the hand, eye and ear. It is a difficult concept for some but easier if learned early.
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