Discover toys are simply those that promote a child’s need to grasp new experiences and learn from them. Even a toy as simple as a babies rattle can be classed as such. A brightly colored rattle, one that includes color, texture and movement encourages even the very young to reach out and touch and … discover!
This type of toy is extremely common and they’re generally manufactured according to age groups, such as 0 – 12 months, toddlers, and preschoolers and so on. As a child grows, so does his quest for knowledge and of course educational toys need to stay one step ahead.
This is what’s great about them, the fact that every time your child reaches a milestone, there’s always another one ahead. With the right toys, and of course parental support and encouragement, our children take leaps and bounds that are sometimes exhilarating.
Think about a baby walker. These play to a child’s need to move, their need to ‘get upright’ and walk. Whilst they don’t take a baby by the hand and lead them forward, they do provide a safe environment that allows them to learn about balance, improve motor skills and slowly advance their need to become truly mobile.
There are many such products on the market, some ranging from a few dollars up to several hundred and it’s fair to say that you don’t need to spend a lot to gain a happy, confident child. One of the best aspects relating to educational toys is the fact that they’re interactive, and allow for parent/child bonding.
Playing with your child is just as important as when they’re playing alone. We’ve loved playing around with our kids, we still do. More importantly – they love it too! And let’s not forget that when you drag out the toy chest and pull out a few favorite toys, you’re always going to be present any time they do something new … discover and refine a skill they hadn’t quite mastered!