The types of toys your child plays with can dictate future behavior and inclinations. We have all seen it happen. A child develops an affinity for building blocks, and grows up to become an engineer. A child grows up engrossed in counting games and numbers, and goes on to a career in mathematics.
In the same way you can help promote excellent social skills in your children by promoting play with certain types of toys. Introduce the following 4 types of toys into your child’s life to ensure healthy social interaction for a lifetime.
1 – Simple Building Blocks
Building blocks are inexpensive and versatile. They aid in your child’s development in a number of ways. You can purchase building blocks with numbers, letters of the alphabet, words and colors. While your child is learning to count, form words and recognize colors, he is forming the foundation for strong communication skills.
Healthy motor skills are developed as well. Your child additionally learns that when he builds with other children new ideas emerge, and communication combined with teamwork means the intended result can be accomplished quicker than building alone.
2 – Board Games And Some Card Games
Most board games require at least 2 players. Most are more enjoyable and game play is smoother with 4 or more. Board games teach important skills like patience and turn-taking, teamwork and planning. Even while your child waits to take his turn, socialization is promoted when he talks and interacts with any other players who are also waiting their turn. The same is true for card games which require multiple players.
3 – Sports Toys and Equipment
Sports teach many important social skills. You learn to appreciate and work with people who are very different from yourself. You understand that communication is extremely important if you are going to accomplish a particular goal. Sports toys and sporting equipment can play an important part in developing your child’s social skills, while also contributing to physical health and well-being.
4 – Outdoor Toys and Games
Your child may have siblings which provide social skill-building opportunities. This means that he or she may not have to venture out of doors to improve his or her social well-being. Siblings often argue, however, and don’t always make the best playmates.
When your child plays outside, he enjoys the benefits of mother nature. This boosts his physical health. Toys and games played outdoors also provide plenty of opportunities for making new friends and developing strong relationships with other children.