Understanding The Icons

Sound

The Sound icon is used for toys that make a noise. From a rattle to a horn, toys that make a sound are important in promoting particular areas of a child’s development. Toys that make a sound allow children to develop the concept of cause and effect… if I shake this rattle it makes a rattle noise or if I push this horn it beeps. These are important learning discoveries in a child’s development and ones in which they develop at their own pace.

Hand-Eye Coordination

The Hand-Eye Coordination icon is used for toys that help promote the ability to do things that require the eyes and hands to work together. From grasping a toy squeaker to building a tower these are important skills in a child’s development and ones in which they develop at their own pace.

Movement

The Movement icon is used for toys that help promote the development of large muscle control in a child’s arms, legs and entire body. These are called gross motor skills and include functions such as crawling, walking, kicking and throwing, all abilities that a child will develop at their own pace.

Creative Play

The Creative Play icon is used for toys that help promote a child to use their imagination and engage in pretend play. Creative play builds on a child’s language/communication skills, literacy skills such as story writing and problem solving skills. Children can engage in creative play by playing with stuffed animals and dolls, toy kitchens, dress ups and the list goes on. Creative play involves anything that represents everyday situations and is child friendly. The age in which a child will engage in creative play varies from child to child.

Problem Solving

The Problem Solving icon is used for toys that help promote a child figure something out on their own or with little assistance. Problem solving builds on a child’s logical reasoning and can help them become more persistent. It can also help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills (small muscles in the hands and fingers) by engaging in puzzles, memory games, shape sorters and so on. The age in which a child will engage in problem solving activities varies from child to child.

 

Giving children the opportunity to engage in various types of play allows them not only to develop a wide range of skills, but also gives them a chance to feel good about themselves and their own ability to complete tasks and reach goals.

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