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Children's Toys, Should We Buy or Not?



To children, toys are inseparable. After the child has grown to some extent, he or she can choose the toys he or she wants, but in early childhood, he chooses toys based on his / her preferences and choices. Learn about the pros and cons of toys and how to use them properly.

Children's toys, should we buy or not?
Children's toys, should we buy or not?

It is easy to see a lot of toy packages stacked up in a house with children. However, mothers often don't realize how many toys affect their children. Whether our child needs this toy right now, or whether the child is having fun with it or not. Of course, toys are fun and fun for kids. But will toys always have a positive impact on children? Hong Seon-ja, director of the Children's Development Institute, said, “Toys are fundamentally influential in children's development and learning skills. "It affects not only cognitive development, but also emotional development, and helps with the development of large muscles and small muscles." Then, how does the difference in parenting methods between parents who buy more toys and parents who buy less toys affect the growth and development of their children?

Case 1 Parents who buy lots of toys
Houses overflowing with children's toys are often married couples. This is because if you buy a lot of toys for your child, you don't have to play with the child yourself, saving you time and effort. In addition, the psychology of trying to compensate with a toy that is sorry for not being able to play with a child is difficult because parents are tired and working. However, you should not be mistaken for buying a lot of toys and doing a good job as a parent. This is because such a family can be neglected in forming an interaction or attachment with a child.

Advantages With many toys, you can benefit from the cognitive concepts you need to teach every month of your child and the developmental aspects involved.

Disadvantages A child learns and grows through “play”. When playing with a smart dependency on toys alone, it is difficult to form a mutual attachment relationship with mom and dad.

Parents not buying Case 2 toys
Most parents give their children more toys than necessary. However, there are many unexpected parents. Many parents seem to take care of toys because they think that toys are not necessary to raise children. There are also pros and cons if you rarely buy a child a toy.

Advantages If parents “play” with their children and provide a way to play using objects in their lives, they can also increase their creativity. Instead, you should think of the house itself as a playground and make a toy that you can use in your life. The typical 'Mom table play' methods are endless, such as playing musical instruments using kitchen utensils, making toys using scraps, dragging sleds using futons, rolling gimbals using blankets, playing ball, and fighting swords by rolling newspapers.

Disadvantages First, parents can be very busy and tired. If a child does not have a toy to play with, it can be difficult for parents mentally and physically to play with the child all day. Second, in terms of a child's development, there may be fewer stimuli to be experienced than other children who learn through toys.

In the end, it is not easy to say which one is better, the parent who buys a lot of toys and the parent who buys less toys. “If you have too many toys, you are used to the stimuli that the toys give you, and it is not good because you don't care about your relationship with your parents. "It may be possible to miss and pass through the parts," he said. "It is good to use the toys appropriately so that the toys are not overflowing or lacking." He added, “The key is how much fun the child spends time with his parents rather than having a lot of toys and less.” Toys can play a variety of games with parents, and it is desirable to serve as a medium for forming relationships with parents.

Tip Never give a smartphone!
Most children are enthusiastic about smartphones that flash and sound. In addition, children are more interested because it is an object often used by parents. However, you can't help but use special care. If you are a child who is obsessed with smartphones, it is important to set a time and use them under the guidance of parents. However, it is desirable not to give a smartphone as much as possible because children under the age of 3 absorb it as they see and feel it. One way is that parents do not use a smartphone or laptop in the space with the child.

Distinguishing between good and bad toys
The toy has a lot of positive effects, so it can be used for the purpose of 'treatment'. Children need to develop the learning area, sociality area, emotional area, and physical education area evenly, and there are times when you need help from toys because these activities are not easy with objects in the house. In addition, parents, especially mothers, can not only have a hard time playing with their children all day, but also feel hungry and want to have their own time. It is also a good idea to use toys appropriately for mothers to rest mentally and physically. However, there are many cases where there are overflowing with all kinds of toys in large marts and Internet sites, and it is often difficult to decide what to choose. What are the criteria for selecting good toys to help your child?

Children's toys, should we buy or not?
Children's toys, should we buy or not?

1 Avoid colorful toys that are only superficial. Colorful toys expose children to stimulating environments too early. Children accustomed to these stimuli will not be interested in ‘intangible’ play. Children's creativity is enhanced because intangible play with parents can be modified as many times as possible.

2 Think about whether it is possible to play transformed into toys. When choosing toys, think in advance how you would like your child to spend time with them. It is a pass if you can play a variety of games with your parents rather than the features of the toy itself. This is because it can stimulate the child's imagination and creativity through transformation and application.

3 Make sure it is safe and sturdy Since toys are items that children can bite and suck, check if the quality assurance mark is displayed and, if possible, choose one made from eco-friendly materials. Also, make sure that there are no sharp or pointed parts on your child to play with, and that they are sturdy and sturdy.

4 It provides toys for various areas. It provides toys in various fields such as learning area (book, puzzle), social area (playing house, role play set), emotional area (watching music and art), and physical education area (sliding frame, soccer ball). Even if you buy it evenly, you can expect a positive effect on your physical and emotional development.

5 Choosing a toy that is suitable for the age of development Even if a toy with good function does not meet the child's level, it is useless. Toys that are too easy make you familiar with repetition, and toys that are too difficult make you feel frustrated. It is important to provide timely toys that children can accept and perceive and have fun with.

How to use toys by period

0-6 months
During this period, visual development is not well done. Therefore, toys that increase the coordination of vision and perception are good so that you can practice seeing and catching the shape with your eyes. Also, toys that develop small muscles, such as grabbing and gripping, are good. Mobiles, rattles, and tactile books are typical examples.

7-12 months
It is time to take anything by mouth and suck it, so prepare a toy that is safe for the human body. You can help your child develop a cognitive concept through 'kakanori', which prevents separation anxiety, such as building a simple baby block for small muscle development, stacking cups by size, etc.

12-24 months
As you start walking, you can use a car that can be pulled in a line while walking, and a ball game that is good for developing large muscles. It helps students learn the functions, names, and concepts of objects by inserting shapes, playing musical instruments, and playing dolls.

24-36 months
It is possible to play through imagination such as doctor play and train play. Since you can talk with your child, you can also play role. From this point onwards, since parents can play with their peers away from their parents, parents should play a role in preparing sociality through virtual play before the child goes to daycare.

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