A child’s brain development is an important part of their growing process during the early years of his growth. At this stage, they are constantly experimenting with activities such as toys with different shape and sizes. They learn the environment and objects around them by touching, shaking or throwing things and putting things in their mouths. Although electronic devices can be good for a child’s development, it has its harmful side too. According to the The Early Childhood and Development Agency Singapore, constant use of electronic devices causes things like myopia, restlessness, increased aggression and might slow down the brain development.
However, to get rid of electronic devices completely would be a knee-jerk reaction. Not to mention, it will be a near-impossible task in this day and age electronic devices have become so ubiquitous. With everything balance is important, This is where parents must ensure that their child has a balance of outdoor activities, sleep, learning, leisure and time away from the screen. To ensure this balance, here are 5 more traditional non- electronic toys you can get your kids this Christmas.
Some of the traditional toys on this list include, jigsaw puzzles, wooden block sets building blocks and wooden toy vehicles. All of which can help children with numeracy, literacy, motor skills and problem solving.
Happy Rainbow Wooden Animals Jigsaw Set
Time spent playing with children is never wasted. With 13 animal blocks that fit perfectly with each other, you can explore the animal kingdom with your child, allowing them to learn more about animals and recognizing them by their distinctive colors. Introduce your child to creative play as two animal blocks can be combined to create a new creature. This will help develop your child’s motor skills, creativity and problem solving skills.
Get it here for just $14.80!
Lil’ Tod Explorer Blocks Set
Play is learning for life. A well crafted set of 100 blocks that feature different shapes, colors and numbers. Designed to help your child learn and play, the explorer blocks stimulate learning and hand-eye coordination. It also allows them to feel the different shape and sizes which is the best way to learn about geometric shapes. The Lil’ Tod Explorer Block Set Smoothly sanded to keep your child safe. This set will help boost your child’s numeracy, literacy, motor and problem solving skills.
Get it here for just $29.90!
Rainbow Wooden Stacking Blocks
A fun stacking and matching game for kids to enjoy playing together. Stack up the wooden planks into a tower, roll the dice, and remove the plank with the matching color of the dice you roll. See how long you can play till the whole tower falls down. Kids can also use their imagination and use the planks like building blocks to build structures like houses, boats and animals. This will allow your child’s creativity, motor skills, creativity and brain development to stack.
Get it here for just $8.80!
Wooden Toy Vehicle Series
Go fast and furious with the First Wooden Vehicles; a series of twelve painted wooden vehicles featuring iconic designs. Carved from solid rubberwood with plastic wheels for superior traction, these wooden toys will help aid your child’s recognition skills. Perfect for hours of imaginary driving fun. The time spent by your child playing with these wooden toys will will accelerate their recognition skills, brain development and motor skills.
Get it here for just $3.30!
Ana Toy Storage Basket
Last but not least is the Ana Toy Storage BasketMade of eco-friendly PP Although this is not a toy per se, your child can drag this around and play with it with a little imagination.
The Ana is safe, sturdy and spacious enough to store your child’s favorite toys. It features 2 handles and 4 wheels so your child can drag his toys along with him easily without damaging your tiles. It is designed with grooves at the base so you can stack multiple baskets together to save space. The smooth polish finish makes it easier to clean as well. This basket will help instill discipline into your child and improve their organization skills when you teach them how to put their toys away.
Get yours here for just $8.80!
In conclusion, we would like to reiterate that you should completely withhold your child’s electronic devices as it is still a relatively new phenomenon. As a result, there has not been enough studies done on its long term effect on children. As with everything, moderation is key. For comparison, you can get all these toys for your children for about 1/8 the price of an iPad. Happy shopping!