Kids are full of energy and curiosity. They need toys to occupy their minds as well as to help them develop their bodies and motor skills. Also, toys are fun, and parents enjoy seeing their kids active and happy. They can find items as bland as metal keys, a ball or building blocks immensely enjoyable.
In addition to occupying a child’s mind and helping them to develop their physical skills, toys can be educational. Toys like story cubes or coloring books have helped children to develop their vocabulary and sensory skills. Toys like bicycles or scooters help children to develop their muscles, their motor skills and their balance and dexterity. When children use a bat and ball to play with each other they develop social skills. One of the perennial favorite children’s toys is LEGO. These building blocks have taught children to concentrate, and helped them to develop their intellectual and concentration skills for decades.
A toy that is sometimes overlooked is puzzles. When a child assembles a puzzle it forces them to think in a logical manner. That is because it requires a child to problem solve with minimum interference. It also encourages them to concentrate over a significant period of time. If you want to develop a child's spatial skills (relationship between shapes and forms) a puzzle is also a good alternative. In addition in this world of high stimulation toys like those on the internet, a toy that gives a child some quiet time is a welcome change.
A type of puzzle that a child would find interesting is a photo puzzle. A photo puzzle can be personalized with faces or objects that the child is familiar with. When buying a child a puzzle be careful not to buy one that that has so many pieces that they will find it intimidating.