Denisse M. Villalobos-Vega
Professor Mark Schwartz
5 December 2014
Toys Today and the Effect they have on Children
As children grow up they learn new things along the way like how to crawl, walk, speak, communicate, express themselves in different ways, and resolve problems. Children learn these things through many ways, but playing is one of the important methods for developing. Playing covers a great part of a child’s development process. Also, it incites the child to learn because it is a fun and entertaining way of learning. In addition there are props such as toys that children can play with and manipulate. There are two types of toys: traditional toys, these actively engage a child’s entire being (e.g., blocks); and electronic toys, these are pre-programmed toys that have a specific way of operating (e.g., Simon Says). Regardless of having to do the same thing repeatedly, children seem to love electronic toys. It is because of the electronic toys that talk, sing, dance, teach, create their own world, and leaves the child with so little imagination that you see less children playing outside these days. Yet, children need toys. Toys are a very important tool for a child’s development and learning. Playing helps children develop physical skills, language skills, social skills and cognitive concepts. In order for these skills to be developed efficiently, children need to be provided with the correct toys.
Children need toys that can challenge their movements, creativity, interactions, and intelligence. Firstly, with advanced technology, toys have been programmed to do specific things (e.i., move) with the push of a button. These toys can catch the child’s attention and can cause them to become inactive. Being inactive can limit the child’s motor skills. “Motor skills are actions that involve the movement of muscles in the body” (Ken R. Wells). They are divided into two groups: gross motor skills, which “are developed as a child learns to...