22 Facts About The Relationship Between Your Child And Toys


Toys have a significant role in a child's world. So, how far are the parents involved with them? How much should they be involved? What kind of toys you should choose?

A child can use everything within his environment as a toy. It is important to organize the things around him.

Children attend grown-up activities from a very early age, and they turn grown-up assignments into games and apply these to their lives with role play. However, nowadays, the environment around children has become dangerous and complex. A child cannot sit beside his/her mother and watch her while she is doing the laundry... the child watches the actions without understanding them, because getting closer to the machine is seen as dangerous, so he/she cannot imitate it.

Children are literally locked-up in houses are instructed by his/her parents to not get in their way.

Electronic apps, huge furniture, gas equipment, etc. in the house make the child's play area dangerous for them. It narrows down the game opportunities in the house, and kids are insulated in their play room 'cages.' In metropolitan cities, scrambles of roads and streets and a lack of playgrounds comes to light as serious problems within the child's broader environment.

Children's environments should be full of various toys, equipment, and materials to provide him/her adequate play space.

Worthless things for grown-ups, like packing boxes, construction leftovers, sweepings of workplaces, etc. are very interesting for children. Construction places and boxes full of scrap things in the house have a magical and appealing effect on children.

Children are after the things that will alter and enrich their games.

They can image that the underneath of the table is a cage, as well as easily use an old coffee grinder as a camera.

Children can play loads of games with all sorts of materials we throw out.

They can do this because they have a wide power of imagination and discovery wealth. This is one way that they improve their creativity.

Parents should let their children play and get worn out.

Things that seem old and useless to grown-ups might become irreplaceable toys in children's playrooms for a long time. In spite of that, some recently bought manufactured toys wouldn't give them as much game inspiration, so they wouldn't be in demand.

The main resource for game materials are housework residuals.

Packing boxes, brown bags, small sacks, candy boxes, plastic cups, washbowls, can and plastic boxes, screw cap bottles, nettings etc. Children use a shoe box as a garage, brown bags as hats or masks, big size boxes as a large house, etc. Kids can find their own play worlds with these materials. They can use materials like old clothing, big and small rags going to waste, old radios and tapes, etc., to assemble a space station.

Parents should avoid making children lose their excitement in play, as well as banning things frequently and redundantly.

The latest trend about toys and games needing to be "educational" needs to be approached with caution.

This perception creates a tendency to evaluate toys and play as educational and training tools. The toy industry is progressing in producing 'educational toys and games,' however, the impacts of these toys on child development, for example making children struggle with non age-appropriate games, intelligence, emotions and physical developments, is generally not in consideration.

'Am I neglecting my child?'

Parents who think that they are neglecting their children because of their life outside, and who focus about the importance of pre-school development, are driven to have doubts and fears about neglecting their child or skipping important responsibilities of their own. Parents are buying these recommended 'best educational' toys for their children without exam and reason, hoping that they are to develop better with these toys. Children are pushed to play with these toys that they didn't approve of, and forced to be busy with them trying to teach coordination, alignment, colors, shapes and states of places and locations that might not be suitable for their level of development.

Parents shouldn't fret about a child "playing too much."

Young children spend 7 to 9 hours a day playing.  They shouldn't be disturbed, and parents need to leave them in peace. There are parents who show interest all the time and steal time from playtime with boring things. There is no need to worry that children who play a lot will become young people who are always interested in playing and not dealing with important things. Because concentrating on play and maintaining continuity lays the bases of durability and focus in work.

Children's play shouldn't be interrupted unduly.

We should be comfortable with children being immersed in play. Likewise, we don't like to be disturbed when we work on something we are devoted to. Children often feel every hitch, additive, interference and cut-off immediately. Moreover, they lose attention easily and get redirected really quickly.

Children shouldn't be left in masses of toys.

Nowadays, children have loads of toys and games, and they start having difficulty on choosing which to play with. They get mentally exhausted in the midst of all these toys, and end up doing nothing instead of playing.  Young children, especially, should be saved from the oppression of choosing. The toys we bought for our children should be in sufficient numbers suitable for their level of development. Too many toys and games do not guarantee better play. It is not appropriate to fill their rooms with unnecessary toys without considering their level of development and toys' utility.

Children's games shouldn't be interfered with unduly.

Every child has their own rhythm of play. They set up their games by themselves and grown-ups cannot estimate the setup from beginning to end. Their multiple interests influence new games, and they play with them until they get tired of playing, as long as they're not interrupted.

Children shouldn't be demanded to do things above their developmental levels

Making children play with a toy according to its purposes that are far above from their level of development, and warning and cheering when they cannot succeed in playing with it, creates reactions and reluctance.

Children should play freely.

There are no benefits in providing early growth development. On the contrary, it can be harmful. Some parents constantly tell their children about the things they didn't ask about and cannot understand. It is not advisable to give too much information to children. Instead, children should be encouraged to ask questions and their questions should be answered in a way they can understand.

Children should play by themselves.

We should help children when they ask, or if they can't handle something during their play. It is not correct to give advice all the time, attempting to teach how to play, and making children watch while we play by ourselves. Parents shouldn't even hint to their children that they are watching. Children like to play without an audience and feel uncomfortable while parents are watching, Warning and cheering from time to time might turn their play into a show.

Children's toys have to be respected.

Like grown-ups coddle their books, records, and valuable things, children are also sensitive about their toys. Toys are the child's property. If parents throw them away or give their toys to others without asking, it might affect the children negatively. Children's toys and their ways of using them have to be respected.

Toys shouldn't be discriminated by gender.

In traditional societies, there is a sharp role categorization which has roots to the depths of history. Roles of women and men are totally diversified. As much as making fun of men who do women's work, women with masculine behaviors are seen as abnormal. In such societies, children get started being prepared for this segregation from birth. They segregate the children, from their shoes to toys, according to their gender. Girls play women's roles, boys play men's. Even their playgroups get separated after a while.

This discrimination will hopefully be removed in modern societies. Children will imitate grown-up's behavior. Why couldn't a boy, whose daddy looks after his sibling, play with dolls? Why couldn't a girl, whose mommy drives, emulate cars? In these families, pushing their children to play in their respective gender roles will lead to unavoidable conflicts.

Toys shouldn't be too complex and should be durable.

You should buy versatile toys.

You should aim to choose toys that activate children's muscles, increase imagination, and improve creativity. Toys should be suitable for their age. Simple toys will bore them, and complex ones will diminish their confidence.

Toys' structure and functioning should be coherent.

Toys should make children wonder and captivate their attention.

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