Every parents hopes their children grow up to be successful, well adjusted, happy members of society. For that to happen, the works starts from the day they are born. Many of us have heard of the positive effects of having babies listen to classical music, especially Mozart (known as the Mozart Effect). By exposing someone to this type of music, their short term memory slightly improves.
Likewise, exposing your kids to creative toys, art, and music can help them learn better and be more creative which will do wonders when they grow up. Now, we’re not talking about the latest toy fads like those expensive season 3 figures from Shopkins with their full list of Shopkins toys. No, we’re talking about toys that engage their minds and makes them use their imagination.
Although toys have become a lot more sophisticated, many of them take out the creativity part. Everything is handed to the child. Instead of a blank canvas for them to draw, you have pre-made drawings where all they do is color it.
This isn’t to say letting them play with toys is bad because toys are a great tool to help them become smarter. Kids love toys and if you can find a way to have them play with toys in a creative way, it will help their mind develop better.
To help train the brain, one great thing you can do not just for your kids but for you as well is to learn how to play an instrument. There have been studies showing the effectiveness on brain functions when learning an instrument is introduced. Surprisingly, those brain training games you see advertised online don’t actually do anything in terms of making you smarter.
Going back to the subject of toys, there are some toys that are great such as those Leap Frog toys. Other ways to engage your kids is to have them play with various puzzles, toys that make them think a bit, use a bit of logic to make things work. Even Lego is great since they can create all sorts of things with it.
On second thought, forget what you just read. Really, when it comes down to toys for kids, anything can help them be more creative if they want to be more creative. They can use their imagination and have fun with just a spoon let alone a toy designed to entertain them. Probably the most important thing to do is to give them confidence and help them build self esteem.
When they are able to believe they can be successful, they’ll put in the necessary effort and just by doing that, they will automatically achieve more. Most of being a successful person is really just about following through.
How do you do this? Spend more time with them, encourage them, give them positive reinforcement. It’s fine to buy them toys but don’t just stick them in front of some toys and leave. Using the word, “No”, less will help as well. Don’t limit them.