As a child grows he is exposed to various socio-cultural orientations that make him or her to adapt to the changing socialization and social conformity. In order to initiate early developmental of certain skills toys are introduced at various ages. A toy is any object normally associated with pets and children which is used for playing. Toys help in determining how a child grows by developing cognitive behaviors and also improving creativity. They also help in improving physical and mental skills that children will find useful in the future. Also toys allow children to use their minds and their body to learn about causes, effects and wide range of other skills.
At the age of 1 to 3 years, a parent is able buy his or her child a toy; these toys includes dolls which can be made of plastic or clothes as shown below. A doll resembles a baby and is used mostly by girls to teach them their social responsibility in the society. Often dolls are made using the available materials. The dolls that are made of soft materials are called plushie and may also be referred to as teddy bears. A doll is normally associated with girls where they try to hold them careful, carry them and pretend to feed them as their mothers do. This is appropriate for this age group as it takes into account the developmental mile stone of the children (Pakhare, 2010).
This is a characteristic of children at this age group as they try to imitate adult activities (“Toys Direct”, 2008). However some boys have dolls in form of animals, for example a dog doll; they normally study that doll and sometimes give them food and tie them as their parents do normally. With all these practices they become creative and also improve their skills physically and also mentally. The dolls are also applicable to children at this age group as they have just acquired bladder control and can at times go to the toilet. The child assumes this is the same with the dolls and they take them to virtual toilets periodically. This helps the child in gaining conscious over their excretion process.
Parents are comfortable buying their children dolls as the risk of them harming their children is minimal in addition to the fact that there is increased sense of responsibility and cooperation which is very vital to the future developmental mile stones of the child. The dolls are made in such away to minimize childhood accidents. At this age, I would encourage a parent to buy such a toy as they are very significant at improving creativity and also concentration in knowing many things that will be helpful in future.
Another type of a toy that is used by children at this age include vehicle which can be made of wood as shown and a string tied on it to enable it move as the child pulls the string. This activity not only encourages physical activity but also criticality in thinking as the child is faced with a myriad of factors to be considered if the toy has to move. Modern developments of these toys have involved use of motor driven machines and remotes in a bit to ease the strenuous activities involved while pulling the toy.
As a parent it would be best to choose such toys since it is affordable and will make the child happier when using their toys and also helps them become active. With all these I would encourage one to buy these toys for their children since they help the child to improve mental skills and also their physical skills. Vehicle toys are good for increasing creativity among the children and also increasing how they socialize with others as playing with them is done alongside other children, thus helping in interaction among the children, and through this they improve their creativity (Tipton, 2002).
Another type of toy is stack model toys. These toys are made in such away that it would require the child to use their own mental capacity to come up with a relevant build up figure of the same- be it making a house model, road, or any other form. These toys are very important at this age group as it develops the skill of organization to the child and the ability to translate what is in the mind to the practical context which in effect results to improved mental capability and intelligence.
In general, toys help the children to become more creative, improve there mental and physical skills and also help in cognitive development as toys will help the children to recall essential things in future.
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