Most parents tend to think that educational toys are only needed for toddlers, but the best time to give your children education toys is soon after they are born. Learning and growing is what babies do all the time, and toys are there to help.
As they grow and start crawling, then walking – their educational toys grow too.
There isn’t a specific age when it is suitable to give your child our coloring roll or a wooden 3D puzzle: as soon as your child wants and can hold a pencil in his hand, he will start drawing and constructing.
What Is And What Is Not An Educational Toy
There is a wrong assumption, that educational toys have shiny lights and make sounds when touched. On the contrary, many educational toys are quiet and have no instructions. It is for your child to figure out how to play with the toy, in a self-educating process.
The coloring roll is made with the purpose of educating. There are no instructions, part of the fun is coloring the way the little one wants. On the other hand, a 3D wooden puzzle comes with detailed instruction and it’s not a children-only toy. Therefore, to achieve the end result, you will need to be patient, consistent, and precise. But here comes the fun part- after a long process of collaboration and teamwork, you can feel the pride, while admiring the masterpiece you made with your buddies.
Other examples of good educational toys are toys, puzzles, board games, shape sorters, toys that pique the curiosity with different shapes, materials, buttons, zippers, and openings.
Any toy can become educational when the parents help their children educate a certain skill.
Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying An Educational Toy
Does it educate Fine Motor skills?
Is it entertaining your child? Does it pique a child’s curiosity?
Is it made out of sturdy and durable materials?
Can it be used in more than one way?
These questions can help you navigate the vast selection of toys and pick the right ones for your child.