With so many toys to choose from, how can one know a preschool educational toy from just a regular one? Or is there such a difference?
For the preschool age, it is best to start with blocks, may it be wooden or plastic, because this is a good start for a child to comprehend causal relationships and science basic principals.
Building blocks will also help a child hand-eye coordination and develop his or her patience. More sophisticated toys can be introduced as they grow older. The important thing is that the value of an educational toy that is being absorbed by the person who is playing with it increases when the toy is appropriate with the player age.
What they Love to Play
Parents would know that preschoolers are very active and like to be involved in physical activities like running, jumping, dancing, among others. As they are into the phase that they learn quickly and absorb information faster, they need the right toys to fit and challenge their level of comprehension.
Most preschoolers are into pretend play, imitating grown-ups, or a movie they like, thus the need for role playing toys to enhance their imagination. This age group also loves toys with safety wheels like little tricycles. They are also into construction-type of toys that aims to build something or create whatever their imagination allows them to from the blocks of toys they are presented with.
Other educational toys that are popular for this age group are the push and pull toys, with wheels that they can maneuver where they want them to be, ride on like bicycle, or even rocking horses, large jigsaw puzzles, or a combination of letter and number puzzles, counting toys, sandboxes, kites, books that they can color and doodle on, or story books that are pop-up or something that they can relate to. Girls love baby dolls and boys love cars and robots. The list would also include toy cameras, phones and musical instruments.
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