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From: Ultimate Colossus

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2011022512:39:07
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 skills. 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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