It is always a good idea to start your child off with creative and learning toys. These types of toys will shape the child in the various formative years of his or her life. The earlier the learning toys are presented to the child, the sooner his mind will be adjusted to accept the challenges of learning.
Creativity is very important as a child is growing up. It can be an outlet from an early age. They can draw and express themselves using different color crayons that can reflect their moods. This outlet is healthy for the mind of a child. Not being able to express himself could lead to difficult behavior patterns later on.
Crayons and paper are good starts to allow a child to express himself. Finger painting and other types of paints, such as acrylics, perhaps later on, are all great tools for expression.
Puzzles teach a child concentration and reasoning. The shapes that need to be fitted into the holes can be challenging. There are puzzles available for nearly every age. They can also be great to prevent boredom, and if they have nobody to play with, puzzles can keep a child company and he can keep very busy with them.
The imagination is a beautiful thing. It is all part of the creativity, but they can learn from imagining, as well. Train sets, trucks, and plastic interlocking building toys can create cities and the excitement of traffic and doing things, like driving, or controlling when a train crosses a bridge. It may have to stop at a red light. This is all part of the learning experience. And although both sexes will benefit from it, trucks and trains are usually given to boys.
Dolls are a great learning tool for girls. The fashion doll industry has given girls the opportunity to pretend their dolls are everything from a pet store owner, to an astronaut, to the President of the United States. Interacting with other girls and their dolls, changing clothes to those that match colors are all part of learning to communicate and fit in.
With the introduction of personal computers, video games, and gadgets will all the bells and whistles that a child could want from technology, the learning toys, as well as the creative ones have drastically changed. They do not allow the child to interact with others as much as they will need to in their later lives. They trap a child indoors, instead of letting the child breathe the fresh air of a spring day riding his bicycle, or jumping rope with her friends.
There are very good things about video games and computers, but when presenting a child with creative and learning toys, sometimes the simpler toys are much better. The health and futures of children depend on learning toys and creative toys that can be played with while they are moving around, while they are with other children, interacting and communicating one on one, not only from the push of a button.