If you are going to give your child a toy this Christmas, make it an educational one. Children learn by playing. Those attitudes and actions they imitate molds their personality. It is not necessary to give an expensive toy. Sometimes the simple things are best. Perhaps a puppet made of stockings or other object we find at home is not only more fun, but may teach them something new.

Toys can be divided into groups. This is based on the part of the child it helps develop.

  • There are toys for physical or muscular development. Things like cars, bicycles, boxes, puzzles and blocks.
  • Toys for the development of the senses (touch, sight, hearing, taste, smell). This has to do with texture, modeling, musical instruments, etc.
  • Toys to develop the imagination: like dolls, puppets and transportation.
  • Toys to develop creativity and intellect like: clay, paintings, books

Educational or learning toys are very important because it allows the child to understand the simple way the world works around them. It awakens curiosity and intellect, the capacity to imagine and reason on different subjects. The child is merely playful and requires different games to relate and construct social structures.

That is why when you invest in a toy, you should make sure it is useful and contributes to the development and growth of your child. As stated previously, you can make them yourself. This can be puppets, a pot to make noise, even paper and crayons to draw. Purchase, if you can and depending on the age, building blocks, puzzles, ingenious games and science related activities. Give them an incentive to read at a young age!

Although it may sound absurd, a rattle, small gymnasium for kids and even a mobile in the baby’s crib stimulate growth and development. Little children need to develop their senses. So they need games with texture, colors and sounds. This helps them identify their area and recognize their surroundings.

When they start to walk at approximately one year of age, games that develop motor skills are indicated to help reinforce muscular growth. This can be cars, tricycles, balls and even balloons!


If you are in a toy store and don’t know which toy is right for your child, ask the sales clerks to help you. Invest in something your child will enjoy and help them to learn.

Next week, I will show you how to make instructional toys at home for your little ones. Don’t miss it!

See you soon!