Toys, apart from being a source of entertainment, also promote healthy behavior among children and help them to develop socially. Toys help in broadening horizons both analytically and intellectually. They can help foster mental, emotional and social development of children and help them to develop into confident and better individuals.
Development of physical skills: Physical and gross motor skills are developed as a child learns to reach, grasp, crawl, run, climb, and balance. Fine motor skills are developed as children handle small toys. Dexterity develops as the child holds toys or other items.
Development of cognitive thinking: Children learn to solve problems (cause and effect), through play. Children also learn colors, numbers, size, and shapes. They have the ability to enhance their memory skills as well as their attention span. Children move on to higher levels of thought as they play with educational toys.
Development of language skills: Language develops as a child plays and interacts with others. This begins with babies playing cooing games and advances to useful language skills such as storytelling and jokes. Learning to cooperate, negotiate, take turns and play by the rules are important life skills for interacting and communicating.
Development of emotional well-being: Through play a child can accomplish his/her wishes and can conquer fears and bad experiences. Playing helps the child master the environment and promotes awareness of their surroundings. When the children at play feel safe, successful and confident, they gain important principles of positive emotional health. Playing with educational toys also can create strong bonds between parent and child.
Development of social skills: Learning to share are important social skills children learn through educational toys. These skills include daily interaction skills such as sharing, taking turns, and allowing others to talk without interrupting. Social skills grow as the child plays. Children learn to imitate desirable responses such as turn taking with board games, cards, or other activities that require a child to wait for others. As a result, children learn the roles and rules of society.