How Toys Help With Social & Emotional Development of Your Child
We posed a question to a few parents, how do you use toys?
1. As a distraction to keep my child out of my way while I finish a chore
2.I use toys while on a long drive or aero planes, to keep my child occupied
3. Use the toys to keep the child quiet while in a restaurant
These are a few samples of answers that we got. Does it mean that toys are just a “Distraction” for your kid to keep them in line? No, we whole heartedly disagree. Experts say that when it comes to toys, they are great supplemental learning tools that we can give our child. While at play, your child is learning the basic skills of life. In this blog post I will be talking about how toys help with social and emotional development of your child.
To begin with what’s social and emotional development? By social development we mean how the child reacts to different scenarios and as they grow older how well they thrive with other people. Emotionally developed children are better at understanding, processing and working through their feelings. Emotional development becomes important as kids learn to manage strong emotions and express themselves in a constructive manner. It teaches important values like sharing, taking turns while playing, helping and caring for others.
Here is a list of top 5 activities that help to develop social and emotional skills in your child:
(1) Dolls: Dolls are always a great choice to develop social and emotional skills in a child. While playing with dolls kids assume certain roles. For example: Pretending to be mommy and going to work. This will help kids to understand certain social family roles.
(2) Bubble blowing: Kids usually gather around bubbles to grab them or burst them. While doing so they have to mind other kids who too are competing for popping the same bubble. The kids learn how to work together and draw limits.
(3) Books: Books are a great way to reflect positive social and emotional skills. While reading books to your child, you can stress on emotions like “oh! Look the kitten is sad” or comment on stories where friends are sharing and playing together.
(4) Manners: Saying please, thank you and you’re welcome to kids when they help you out, will help them to understand when to use these words. Encourage them to use these words while communicating with others.
(5) Playing with toy phones: This activity requires 2 toy phones. Pretend to call your little one and encourage them to answer the phone by saying “Hello”. While talking on the phone, encourage them to ask questions like “How are you?” or “What are you doing?” Make sure to end the conversation with a “Goodbye”. This activity will help kids to build their vocabulary and develop skills to converse with others.
So, here is an interesting video that will help you to shop for toys on the basis of their skills development.