Growth through Play
Toy Around promotes Play an important part of child development.
Toys are fun and any child, no matter the age, will attest to that. Toys have the potential to teach in many ways as well as play a positive role in a child’s educational, social, emotional and physical development.
“Play is the mechanism by which children learn how they experience their world, practice new skills, and internalize new ideas and is therefore the essential work of children”(Guyton, 2011). Genetics will play a role in the child development process and there are other factors as well that will be influenced through learned behaviors while playing with toys such as; family structure, nature surrounding/ environment, and basic education concepts.
Here at Toy Around we want to promote healthy play.
In their early years, children mainly learn through play – in how they interact with family and friends. When children start to approach the preschool age, they begin to learn about numbers, letters and language skills.There are a lot of toys that motivate this type of learning, from basic alphabet puzzles to high-grade technological electronic gadgets. As the child gets older the toys began to change, but the same learning in taking place just on a higher level. And so the list goes on….
In other words, toys are necessary tools that are basic instructions for a child development in thoughts fantasies and creativity.
Through our extensive research on the subject, we saw that many studies find that play is positively related to a host of cognitive and social skills. In the recent CNN Opinion article, (“want to get your kids into college?”) Let the children play, Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis shared the following: within the act of play, children learn to share, defer there gratification, bargain or negotiate conflicts, problem solving, share goals, obtain flexibility, and live with disgruntlement.
At Toy Around, we use the opportunity of play to encourage children to walk in another person’s shoes, which helps seed the development of empathy. And this in itself is a key component for intellectual, social, and emotional success. When we repudiate young children in play, we are literally refuting them the right to understand the world. By the time they progress into college, we will have denied them the opportunity to fix the world as they would see it.
As we move forward into this brave new future of play, those who are most effective may well be those who have learned to be empathetic towards their toys and other kids who would love to have a chance to play with them as well. In the same way, when a child plays with a preloved toy he or she learns and understands the value of sharing.