Classic Toys – Intrinsic Magic
Toys today seem to come with a host of electronic features. They can dance, sing, jump, giggle even wet their nappies (why would anyone want a toy like that?).
However, some child psychologists actually advise against giving very young children any electronic toy. They believe that babies and toddlers need to develop their hand and eye coordination, their imagination, and their motor skills—so giving something that moves and grooves at the touch of a button is counterproductive. The best educational toys are the Classic Toys.
Dolls are certainly Classic Toys. Archaeological excavations have unearthed dolls that date back to thousands of years (talk about being sturdy!). These dolls may not have been able to sing or walk on their own, but they helped comfort a sick or frightened child, and were part of several imaginary adventures. These classic toys are also important in practicing social skills. As your child “interacts” with the toy, she plays out gestures or roles that she’s observed from adults around her. One of the best accessories for dolls are dollhouses, which make the imaginary games so much more real.
Wooden blocks are Classic Toys that your child will use for years. Younger toddlers would prefer to just bang them against each other—which builds their hand eye coordination and gross motor skills. As they gain greater control of their hand movements, these classic toys can be used to build towers, bridges and houses. The letters and numbers carved or painted on the side of wooden blocks also make them a great start to reading!
Does your child spend hours in front of the TV? Get him to play outside; where he can get the exercise he needs from running, jumping, and playing catch with friends. Child nutritionists are actually concerned that the sedentary lifestyle of kids today are leading to skyrocketing statistics of childhood obesity. So these classic toys can actually be exactly what the doctor recommends.
Look at any illustration of a children’s room, and you’re bound to find a rocking horse included in the tableau. Rocking horses are some of the world’s most cherished classic toys, and are made of such fine craftsmanship and have such universal appeal that they are often passed down from one generation to the next. While they traditionally come in dappled gray, you can find them in many, many colors and sizes.
“Let’s go fly a kite, up where the air is light…” so goes the song about these classic toys from the classic musical Mary Poppins. While kites have no batteries or gizmos attached, they are a feat of skill—you need good aerodynamics. In fact, many see them as the precursor to planes, since the Wright Brothers studied kite movements while working on their historical invention.
The great thing about kites is that they can bring many happy hours of parent-child bonding. Make one together, and then take outside when the weather’s right. For some people, kite flying is a serious hobby, and they join worldwide kite flying competitions.
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