Early Learning and Development With Farm Toys
Playing is more than just a pastime for children. Many studies have established that children learn through play. This means that if you can make early and development more fun and exciting for our children instead of it being boring and dull. You can even maximise your child’s learning and developmental potential by supporting his interests and providing him with age-appropriate toys. Doing so is particularly important during his formative years.
Children play different kinds of games and forms of play. But one form of play is more popular than others. Pretend play is considered to be the most common form of play that children engage during their playtime. There are many reasons why children love to role play or pretend play. The most likely reason for role play’s popularity among children is that this type of play allows children more freedom to choose how they want to play. Unlike other toys and games, role play and toys that encourage such play provides children with a safe play environment where they can play with their own rules.
Farm toys are good examples of role play toys. When playing with farm toys, children take on roles as farmers who are raising farm animals and growing all kinds of plants and crops in their farmland. They will gain an understanding about farming and will learn that meat and produce they see at the supermarket did not magically appear.
Let’s take a closer look at the different benefits of playing farm toys.
Fine-Motor Skills and Hand Eye Coordination
Fine motor skills are abilities or skills that allow us to make precise movements with our hands and fingers. Actions such as playing a piano, using a pair of scissors or writing using a pencil make use of fine motor skills. Hand eye coordination on the other hand (no pun intended) is the ability to make coordinated movements with the eyes and hands. Both abilities allow children to manipulate objects and toys with their hands and fingers and are important for them to complete simple tasks as they grow older. So when children play with farm toys which come with little toy pieces that can be manipulated and reposition however they want, they practice and develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
Beside being good for our environment, wooden farm toys are also good for developing your child’s tactile sensory. Farm toys that are made from responsibly sourced wooden materials with their wooden texture bring your children closer to nature and stimulate their touch perception. This also means that when buying wooden farm toys make sure to buy playsets with pieces that have rounded edges and smooth surfaces. Children will love to play with wooden farm toys because these toys are good on the hands.
Communication and Language Skills
Farm toys are flexible toys that even if your child plays all by himself he will still have a good time. However, these playsets are more fun and exciting if your child plays with other children that share the same enthusiasm and interest in living in a farm.
When children interact with other children, they learn how to communicate effectively using carefully selected words and most of the time they learn new words along the way. This helps them develop their communication skills as well as expand their vocabulary. Being able to communicate well with others helps build a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
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