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Building skills with toys
Q: Which skills do toys help develop in young children?
A: 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.

Kathleen Alfano Ph.D. Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price®