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From: Ultimate Colossus

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2011022513:39:07
Subject: Toys and Hobbies will Help your Child Develop Properly

<b>How the right educational toys can help enhance cognition</b>     
When we think of developing a child’s cognitive skills often we think
of activities that are related to schoolwork and activities such as
maths. Unfortunately, these activities may seem mundane to your child
and they might resist them. Cognitive skills can be developed and
enhanced just as easily by games that are fun, creative, interactive
and appealing to your child. Reasoning, memory, general knowledge and
numerical activities that help develop a child’s cognition need not be
boring any longer!     
Educational toys are the solution to what would have otherwise been a
boring and unpleasant way to help your child develop their cognitive
skills. Educational toys are made specifically to not only be fun but
to enhance and enrich your child’s development. Either these toys may
focus on one area of cognition or there maybe toys that help build up
multiple areas of development at one time. Educational toys are a
great way for parents to supplement and support their children’s
school programme as well as help their child develop their cognitive
Here are some types of educational toys that will help develop your
child’s skills.     
Memory Games: Memory is cognitive skill that all children should
develop to help them later on with not only schoolwork. Regardless of
age, memory is an important skill and it is for this reason that you
should provide your children with games that help build memory. There
are plenty of educational toys and games out there in the market that
are made specifically to develop memory skills. These games can be in
the form of card games, board games, puzzles and other types of games.
They all focus on your child’s ability to store information, recall
information and classify information in a manner that is interactive
and fun.     
General Knowledge Games: Educational toys and games that supplement
and enhance a child’s general knowledge are wonderful to help with
school programmes since they may explore topics your child is doing in
school in a more multi-sensory and interactive manner. Children are
more likely to be interested in and more likely to recall information
if they are presented with facts in a fun way. If at home, they play
general knowledge games that are covered in school they might find it
easier to understand. Regardless of whether a general knowledge game
follows topics from the school curriculum or not you are assured that
when your child plays this type of educational game they are leaning
something. General knowledge games may explore one topic for example,
space or dinosaurs or they may cover a range of topics, which enhances
and tests a child’s knowledge.     
Number and Word Games: These types of educational games are great for
using at home to support your child through their school curriculum or
even for use in schools as part of the curriculum. Word games
primarily focus on developing you child’s vocabulary, grammar and
spelling skills. Math games usually try to build a child’s numerical
skills such as numerical concept, number identification and number
sequencing. These educational toys and games come in the form of
puzzles, card games, board games and strategy games which help hone in
on language and numerical skill development.     
All educational toys must help supplement and augment your child’s
development in some way. It is advisable that you choose educational
toys that helps develop cognitive skills in your child. Choosing the
right educational toy will be a fun way of learning for your child.   

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