Educational Vs. Conventional Toys – What’s The Difference?
Play, by its very nature, is a learning
tool for children. But that doesn’t mean that every type of toy can provide them with the same level
of the learning experience. So how do you choose toys that kids will love and will provide
the best level of education?
to give gifts and toys.
Especially new mom gifts when the arrival of a new baby. Presents and gifts tend to continue for years after a new child is
You need to take into account the following factors in differentiating between educational gifts and toys for entertainment:
1. Electronic Toys
Innovations and advancements
in electronic toys are hitting the market every month. Most adults are under the impression that these electronic gadgets are not educational for kids and merely
distract the mind and detract from physical
play that is so essential in child development.
However, people need to realize that in
an electronic age, it is important for children to master these
toys, gadgets and devices early on. But this doesn’t mean that just because a game is electronic that it is educational.
Look for toys where the young learner can build their robot, car or another toy. The best electronic toys will allow the kid to adapt, build and rebuild to various specifications. Even Lego has been incorporating electronics into their sets for years.
In the adult world, the word ‘games’ brings up visual images of Snakes and Ladders, Checkers or some other version of the board game. Children, however, think of computer, console or handheld device games.
These electronic games are NOT bad for your kids, and studies show that playing them increases mental capacity. In fact, research results have revealed that these games can delay the onset of brain diseases such as
Alzheimer’s and senile dementia.
Stay away from games that don’t promote puzzle solving or have some goal or aim that the player needs to achieve. Games that are mind numbing or that your child finds boring will not provide them with the mental stimulation necessary to make the game educational.
3. The Child
It is imperative to assess the individual character and personality of a child before purchasing an educational gift. One child may benefit and enjoy a science kit while another may prefer gifts that nurture their artistic talents.
4. The Cost
Don’t be fooled into
paying much more for toys that are labelled educational. This is a marketing ploy that draws parents into believing that toys that are more expensive will have greater educational value. Not so. Toys for fun and toys for education should have a similar cost. However, it is
important to be aware that some brand names will charge more and that the same or comparable educational toys are available at a fraction of the cost.
A variety toys that see to the different learning needs of a child. In other words, don’t just purchase a game console and some
games and think that their learning needs are cared. Educational toys should fulfill a broad range of educational requirements.
More personalized options are found on Pinterest and other social media sites. An example of personalized gifts here.