Play is a very important aspect in child care but as the parent or guardian, you should be careful in choosing the right toys for your children—they should be age-appropriate, educational and safe. The kind of toys and games children play may have an impact on their development, so careful selection is important both in the home and daycare centre in Perth.
If you are looking after a child who is 3 to 5 years old, read on to know which toys are essential.
At this young age, children are just beginning to learn how to interact with the environment around them. This is also the time when they engage in imaginative play, so toys that foster this activity are most useful and fun for them at this age. Open-ended play is accomplished this way and will allow children to best use their imagination as well as forge social relationships with their peers.
Sometimes however, guided play is a good idea and arts and crafts are the perfect outlet for this. While still being naturally creative, these activities focus the child’s attention, increasing learning potential and allow for quality time at any childcare centre in Perth.
Blocks to Books
Which toys then are the best of children ages 3-5? Toys that don’t have a set method of play are best for imaginative purposes. These kinds of toys include building blocks, construction sets, dress-up dolls, puppets and certain arts.
For more focused play that increases development in other ways, puzzles and simple books can aid in learning and mental strengthening. Training wheeled bikes and mock sporting equipment can be good for encouraging more active play, which will help the child grow physically healthier.
Quality Toys for Quality Learning
While there are many different toys out there for your children to use and play with, some are better than others for those ages 3-5. Toys that foster imagination and increase developmental learning are best and these can include blocks, books, dolls and sport items.
At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we provide children with the right toys and activities. To learn more, call our Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702, and St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.