It is essential that children harvest and cultivate their brain potential, and to successfully develop problem-solving strategies they should be allowed to explore their limits, or lack thereof, through make-believe play.
Allowing the child to play and explore the seemingly endless options of an open-ended toy, one that encourages the child to give flight to their imagination, can bring rare qualities forward. Such play not only helps the child become more engaged in the task at hand due to their being the ones to drivethe play, but it may also be a predictor of academic achievement and higher I.Q. scores.
Low Cost Toys
Such toys generally come at little to no cost, which is a stark contrast when compared to the numerous branded character toys, personal computers, and a myriad of other pay material directed at children.
In some ways, the best winter toys for kids are toys that stimulate the child’s imaginative and creative attributes, like a healthy, nourishing meal, one that fuels the individual in ways a non-nutritional generic snack simply cannot. It takes time, patience, effort, and dedication to do things from scratch, but making the effort reaps benefits on an emotional and physical level.
Thus, the toys that we give to or offer children have to be thoroughly scrutinised by us, as adults, to ensure the child develops a wholesome and healthy system of values, one that enriches the psyche and promotes a sense of creative well-being and intelligence.
Many campaigns that market toys seem to actively try to draw consumers into a belief system that suggests that for a child to grow up content, healthy and fulfilled, theirs toys need to be bigger, better, flashier, and do a hundred-and-one things. This is in contrast to toys that specifically cater to the nurturing of the child’s creativity and innate passion. Flashy toys cannot stand in as a replacement for modern society’s missing gaps; gaps in emotion, socialisation, bonding and relationships.
Simplicity Enhances Creativity
The toys we give to a child should primarily be of a simple nature, as well as being safe. Such toys ought to be inclusive of a versatile mixture of colours, textures, materials, shapes and sizes. But most importantly, any given toy should possess simplicity and an “earthy” feel, helping the child develop a sense of coordination, wherein the brain, eyes, heart, and creative expression are all engaged.
Thus, it is safe to say that toys serve the purpose of enhancing creativity through imagination and a sense of intuition, rather than that of solely entertaining the child. For example, a large and empty box can easily translate to endless hours of joy, in which the child explores the emptiness within it, and which serves as a portal for their exploration of the world. A box, with the help of some throw pillows scattered nearby, can become amazing hiding places, make-shift caves, cars, planes even, wherein a child may find a sense of tranquillity and peace away from the commotion that surrounds them.
A doll (be it human or animal-like) made out of simple cloth and thread, rather than synthetic material, gives a child more leeway for creative expression and freedom of imagination.
Caring for the Imagination
Many items can become fun and essentially innovative tools for play. All of the above, as well as pots and pans, garden items such as seeds and related child-safe tools, can serve as learning mechanisms for a child. An innovative child is one whose creativity is enhanced with proper play, but primarily one whose sense of imagination is fostered with abundant care.