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Although some parents use toys as a distraction to keep children occupied and out of mischief, certain toys can be highly educational for kids. Engaging their minds and encouraging physical movement, a variety of playthings are essential to helping children develop important learning skills.
1. Books and music.
Educational research shows that reading to even very young children helps to prepare them for organized school learning by teaching them how to listen carefully, process information, and respond with questions or conversation. Books teach kids about themselves and the world around them by introducing new concepts and gradually enhancing vocabulary skills.
Music is another valuable learning tool. Playing kids' favorite tunes and songs teaches them to memorize lyrics, keep rhythm, and dance or move in coordinated gestures that help to develop gross and fine motor skills. Although physical activity is not directly related to IQ development, it can help by encouraging a well-rounded approach to play and promoting overall bodily health, keeping the mind clear and focused on the task at hand as well as in developing social skills.
2. Puppets and dolls.
Many children enjoy playing with dolls. They practice mimicking their parents and peers in caring for dolls and engaging them in reenacted or imaginary events. Dressing, feeding, and moving these figures teach kids skills like compassion, responsibility, and relational dynamics when they interact with the puppets and dolls or have them interact with each other in playtime scenarios.
3. Interactive games.
Physical or mental games oriented to a particular age group guide children in a number of key ways. Kids can learn to take turns, patiently wait on others, deal with mistakes, and strategize. Physical interaction in sports activities like dodge ball or tag teach kids to evaluate peer strengths and weaknesses while addressing their own skills or limitations.
Board games for older children help them plot offense and defense moves as well as closely monitor opponents and coach team members. Evaluation, synthesis, and coordination are core learning skills that can raise a child's IQ level.
4. Timber toys.
Timber toys offer a mentally-stimulating approach to creative thinking, planning, and building skills of children. Their authentic look and feel add a sense of pseudo-realism to playtime as children envision actual building tasks. Practice with timber building toys teach kids how to lay a solid foundation, build a coordinating framework, and add decorative touches if applicable. Learning how to build, starting over when a structure falls apart, and approaching the task from a new perspective enables kids to revisit a problem and continually develop and hone problem-solving capabilities.
Digital or wooden puzzles are a great way to stimulate kids' interest in creating a work of beauty and purpose. Observing a jigsaw puzzle on the package cover provides a goal for them to work toward, guiding their efforts. The differing pieces encourages careful observation and experimentation with fitting together parts to make a whole.
Other kinds of puzzles include word puzzles, video games, science experiments, and math activities in a fun approach to learning new concepts and principles.
Playtime activities like these for kids of any age, including preschool through high school, help to increase children's IQ levels through critical thinking and physical interaction. Make playtime meaningful as well as fun by providing kids with learning-oriented toys.