Long before scientific studies were made, it was an accepted fact that the early years are most crucial in a child’s development.
“As the twig is bent, so the tree is inclined”
Most child psychologists have said that the early years, from birth till the age of 5, are among the most important of all the stages of development in a man’s life. It is unquestionably the period in which the foundations are laid for a child’s lifetime.
During the early years a child’s cognitive skills, physical strength, social skills, emotional skills, and interpersonal skills are constantly developing.
So as we thought a child spends most of his awake time only playing, in reality a majority of his development takes place during play.
One can rightly conclude that play is the real work of childhood.
Recently I was at the Mattel office and we discussed how significant are the early years in a child’s life. I spent the day with like minded moms sharing experiences and opinions.
How Early Foundations Can Be Laid Through Play ?
More and more evidences have piled up to prove that early foundations tend to be persistent and influence a child’s attitude and behaviour for a lifetime. Here are five ways how learning and development takes place best at an early stage through play :
– Guidence : Allowing a child to grow up doing what they want and how they want would be unfair to them. I believe my son wouldn’t know the difference between black and white or right and wrong unless he was guided. Since learning and play dominate a child’s life, they can be directed into channels that lead to good adjustment. Parent can assist a child in play and help him develop virtues like appreciation, celebrating the joy of triumph, trying yet another time if you fail, sharing, kindness, empathy, morality and independence.
– Cognitive Development : Any kind of play that a child indulges in, involves the use of his mind to analyse and act according to the situation. A parent must aid a child’s cognitive development by handing over age appropriate challenges to a child. An ordinary set of stacker rings would allow a child to think, analyse and then act.
– Fine motor and gross development – when a child plays he makes use of his tiny hands and fingers to push, pull, stretch, organise and sort different items. A happy playful child crawls, runs and hops around developing his gross motor skills
– Sensory skills – early years are the best time to develop a child’s senses. While playing a child views different objects, touches different fabrics and textures, smells varied fragrances and hears music and sounds.
– Academic development : I believe in the Montessori methods of learning the basis of which is allowing a child to learn on his own through play and activities. The play time can be utilised to teach various concepts.
Play time is an opportunity to assist a child in his all round development. A child’s best playmates during the early years are his parents and his toys.
Fisher Price Bloggers Meet
It was an absolute delight to learn at the fisher price office that every toy that is offered by the brand is aimed at assisting a child in his developmental process.
Fisher price offers a range of products for every stage in a child’s life. The baby gears and play gyms are designed keeping in view the comfort of an infant. There goes in a lot of research and scrutiny behind every toy.
As I took a tour of the toys displayed at their office, I was amazed to learn that a toy has the potential to be not just a child’s playmate but his teacher.
This meet was an interesting way of getting to know Fisher Price and their toys better. I realised how parenting has changed over the years and we as mothers put in so much thought before we choose anything for our babies.
It was a pleasure to learn that the toys manufactured by the brand have extended benefits apart from keeping a child engaged and entertained.
What is your favourite play time activity with your kids? Do you believe that the toys you choose must serve the purpose of assisting a child in his development? I would love ti hear from you in he comments below.
Meanwhile, happy mommying:)