New parents come with new set of challenges. It’s a fully loaded tour package which neither you can refuse nor ignore. So might as well have fun while you are at it with your kids.
From understanding the changing behavioral patterns of your child to managing one’s own time, the daily routine is filled with a lot of unknowns.
The experience of raising an infant to toddler years and beyond, is one of the most exciting and exhausting times for a parent. What should I feed, when should I feed, how should I talk, should I stay silent now or speak, how should I behave, what to give the baby to keep her/him engaged and entertained are just a few of the zillions of questions that pop up in your head. And let’s be practical, it’s never possible to get all the answers right, considering that you are lucky enough get an answer to the situation.
While there is much written about diets, care, home remedies, health tips, etc for a growing baby, one area that has often been neglected is the importance of Play and Interaction through Toys in these early formative years of a child. As a growing child, she/he needs to interact and engage with sounds, texture, weight, shapes, etc to understand the surroundings in which they are growing up.
One of the first things that a parent should do is to engage your child with your house items; the spoons, the plates, the clanging noise, tearing off newspapers into bits, etc. (Yes, it goes against the grain of the “new age toys”). But that’s what we grew up with, didn’t we? The benefits ,ety.
Your house is where your child learns the best, the items that you use are the one’s that the child will grow up to use and interact. Familiar objects in her/his surroundings build confidence and calmness in your child. Have you ever noticed when you bring a very unfamiliar, alien looking toy that makes all kinds of crazy sounds in front of your child, your child has a breakdown and you then wonder what just happened here?. That happens because your child is still struggling to adapt to various sounds and images in his mind.
The recipe to introduce playtime for your child is to first engage her/him with items from the immediate surroundings. As the child tries to familiarize and plays with these items, you should slowly start bringing forward diverse toys that aid in multi-activity and learning concepts, and simulate hearing, observing, movement, etc traits. These help to create the foundation for your child to grasp concepts faster and engage with her/his surroundings with confidence.
1. ELC Seaside Pour and Play
This is a Bath Toy, a fun activity bar with suction pads that stick to the bath with bath time characters. The toy comes with three squitters, a water wheel, tap and two scoops. Helps to achieve the following objectives – Play, Cause & Effect, Stimulates Senses
2. ELC Wooden Combination of Instruments
This is a combination of Musical Instruments that will make your toddler swing to all kinds of sounds. Helps to achieve the following objectives – Auditory Skills, Develops Senses, Fine Motor Skills
3. Lego House Shape Sorter
Helps in understanding formation of shapes. Improvises motor skills and colour recognition. This fun house contains lots of bricks to sort and stack.
Helps to achieve the following objectives – Hand Eye Co-ordination, Increases concentration, Fine Motor Skills
4. Vtech Caterpillar Concert
Squeeze and stretch the Caterpillar Concert to create your own music. Flashing antenna, bright colours and music button will capture attention to encourage continual play. Two modes of play: Learning mode and music mode contain a range of sound effects, fun phrases, melodies and songs. The five piano keys help to encourage language development by introducing music, numbers and colours.
Helps to achieve the following objectives – Auditory Skills, Play, Stimulates Senses
5. Vtech Disney Multi-Activity Musical Table
Wiggle Pooh, Slide Eeyore, Bounce Tigger or flip the Bumblebee’s wing to learn letters, objects, shapes, colours and numbers with fun phrases. Lots of different manipulative features teach a variety of skills. Piglet’s clock teaches early time concepts. Features music and entertaining flashing lights. Non-breakable mirror encourages self-awareness and discovery. Legs can be removed for floor play fun
Helps to achieve the following objectives – Discovery skills, Language Development, Stimulate Senses
6. Playskool Tummy Time Together Gym
The Tummy Time Together Gym lets you and your child enjoy hands-on play in two different ways with musical and light-up activities. An angled mirror lets baby see herself. Pull down on the lion and watch him wiggle. Or activate the music, lights and sounds with the bee, butterfly and light-up characters. Play together with your baby and activate the fun sound effects and 10 classic children’s songs to add to the fun.
Helps to achieve the following objectives – Aids in Crawling, Balance & Coordination, Gross Motor Skills
7. Vtech Sing Alphabet Zoo
Discover the alphabet – from Alligator to Zebra. Music, lights and swirling patterns stimulate baby’s senses and encourage exploration. Baby develops motor skills by batting the wheel again and again
Helps to achieve the following objectives – Brain Development, Fine Motor Skills, Language Development
The inquisitiveness of the child is one of the greatest gifts to humankind, the more it is harnessed the better it becomes. Make use of these years to expose and engage your child to a variety of toys from reputed brands for both play and learning.
And if for any reason you child is unwilling to engage with toys or you feel that she/he is unable to react to the toys that you bring home, don’t get too overly stressed. Just pick up a couple of spoons from the kitchen and watch your child have fun.
Article contributed by Smart Cubs – Mumbai’s No. 1 Toys/Books Online Rental Library for Kids from 0 to 12 Years (www.smartcubs.com)