Using the appropriate child games is important as young children learns through playing. By choosing the right games, your child will develop the right values that you hope they will learn. As children play with toys or games, with other children or even with adults, they acquire and improve the skills necessary for formal learning in later stages of their lives.
Do select games or toys based on your child's interests and developmental needs. Any games selected should be designed for interaction, keeping children engaged in the ways they learn best - through seeing and hearing, touching and trying.
Here are some guidelines on the type of games and toys that are appropriate for the different age groups:
At this stage, you would consider providing games that develops eye-hand coordination, motor skills and recognition of animals, objects, colors, shapes and numbers.
Start introducing activities that are done in sequence and those that will increase attention span. Your toddler can now play games that requires him/her to follow simple directions. Let your child learn to match things that go together as he/she starts to recognise letters, numbers, colors and shapes. This is also a good time for the children to learn to make music.
As your child grows, provide them with activities that develop self-confidence, encourage thinking skills and those that strengthens social skills. Continue to fine tune their motor skills and expand their vocabulary. You can also play games that helps strengthens their memory skills.
The following are some examples of toys and games to develop the different aspects of your child: