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Early years educational toys

Guidance on early years educational toys

Every child has the right to physical, emotional and mental development. Initially activities as mainly parents play games and educating through rhymes is a supportive start. Furthermore entertainment, sports, education and cultural activities helps in developing personality as best of abilities.

Educational toys (sometimes called “instructional toys”) are play objects, usually designed for children, that are expected to encourage learning. They are often intended to fulfill an ‘educational’ purpose such as helping a child develop a particular skill or teaching a child about a particular subject. They often simplify, shorten or model the activities and objects used by adults

Although children are constantly interacting with and learning from the world, many of the objects they interact with and learn from are not toys. Toys are generally considered to be made specifically for the use of children. A child can play and learn with a rock or stick, but it would not be considered an educational toy because 1) it is a natural object, not a designed object, and 2) it has no expected educational purpose.
The difference lies in the perception or reality of the intention and value of the toy. An educational toy is expected to educate. It is expected to instruct, promote (intellectuality), emotional or physical development. An educational toy should teach the child about a particular subject or help the child develop a particular skill. More toys today than ever before are designed with a child’s education and development in mind.