Building skills with toys

By Kathleen Alfano

Toys should help develop every aspect of a child’s development. That includes his physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive and imaginative skills. Many toys are designed to develop all of these skills in an integrated way, while some focus on one or a few. For example, infants are attracted to bright colours and are developing the skill of holding onto things, so colourful teethers and rattles are appropriate for them and will help them practice and master grasping.

Research has shown that children learn through play, so it’s important to provide them toys designed for their abilities and specific stage of development.

Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.