Parents have been struggling with the longstanding question of the right toys as the toys must be pedagogically valuable and also full of entertainment. Therefore, when selecting toys, one always focuses on the value of the toy that best enhances the child’s abilities and creative thinking.
Pedagogically valuable toy
As you search for suitable toys for the children of different age groups, you will always come across the phrase “pedagogically valuable”. Most of you may be well familiar with this term – but what does it exactly mean? Let’s touch upon it briefly.
The term is composed of two terms “pedagogical” and “valuable,” whereby the former is derived from the scientific discipline of pedagogy. This discipline deals with the theory and practice of education and upbringing. Viewed individually, the term “pedagogical” can be equated with the words “educative, instructive, enlightening and formative”. And the term “valuable” in this context means that something is “precious, useful, helpful, beneficial”, something that is of “high value”.
Promotion of motor skills and coordinative and mental abilities
It can be said that the pedagogically valuable toys promote children’s motor skills and coordinative and mental abilities. This means that it has a high play-value and it is based on a sense of recreation, which leaves enough scope for the child’s imagination. The toys should encourage independent play, be high-quality, safe and well-made, but should not overwhelm or overstrain the children, rather gently generate stimuli.
Crafting, painting, kneading and playing music to promote creativity
In addition to creative toys, activities like crafting, painting, kneading and playing music are also suited for promoting the child’s creative abilities. They all promote the creativity of the child, which but of course is an expression of imagination. Children are curious and love to try out new things. They enjoy creating something and expressing themselves artistically in various forms. They love colours and make the world a little more colourful, be it with finger painting, make-up or crayons. It is particularly important that only health-friendly products are used that do not trigger an allergy due to direct skin contact. The little ones can design every imaginable shape as well as animals and characters as figures by their own imagination with play dough and little sandbox moulds for instance. The same holds true for crafting and painting, where the children’s imagination knows no bounds.
Enjoy the creative spirit of discovery
Creative toys can positively support the little ones in their development and not only foster but also consolidate their creative spirit of discovery. In a fun gaming experience, young children have the most fun in the process of creating. In another fun gaming experience, the kids are seen having the most fun purely in the process of creating, because their excitement outweighs the gaming process. The interest in the actual outcome is utterly incidental. It is only when babies gets older that they give importance to the result. Packed with the fun of experimenting, they automatically develop ambition and purposefulness that carve out true artists and professionals even from the youngest of kids.
In the following, we would like to present you with creative toys for children in excellent design that have already made their way to the experts’ hearts in the design competition.
Training for abstract and strategic thinking
The creative toy Plattenbau by the eponymous manufacturer was designed for the training of abstract and strategic thinking. Children playfully acquire an understanding of aesthetics, spatial imagination and proportionality with the help of 25 pieces of precious wood in this game.
Modern wooden blocks to enhance creativity
The building block set 24+1 by Holzhausen comprises 25 wooden blocks, which enhance the creativity and motor skills of the children. The building blocks have no classic shape, they are made in the shape of a house and ensure plenty of fun while creating complex structures.
Ball track-games to promote concentration
The Power Booster and the Tower Launcher by Wonderworld are more than classic ball track games. They are creative toys that promote imagination and concentration with numerous configuration possibilities. The simple connection systems allow the ball tracks to be connected to other Wonderworld wooden tracks. They are made of recycled sawdust and food-grade plastic and are therefore environment-friendly.
If you are looking for beautifully designed creative toys for your children, we recommend you to browse through our category Toys. If you would like to learn more about toy designs, we would like to recommend our posts Toys with design value, Toy automobiles and Mobilise children.
Posted on 13.04.2018