When it comes to parenting, we all want what’s best for our children — including the best toys, and if these toys are also brain-boosting, that’s a bonus. However, as awful as it sounds to say out loud, I think we can all agree that kids toys are somewhat unsightly, which is why we’re asking in this article; what effects do children’s toys have on your home? Though a certain amount of clutter or scattered toys is to be expected when you have kids, a messy house full of garish or unattractive toys can be a downer for a parent’s mental state. So how can you keep up appearances when you have children that need entertaining and little brains that need stimulating? The answer may come in the form of a brand like Lovevery.
Why are toys essential for my child’s development?
Studies have shown the first three years of a child’s life are incredibly important for laying down the foundations for intellectual development. These formative years are said to not only affect how the architecture of the child’s brain is formed but the type of chemistry that’s also developed. Both of these factors play a part in determining how a child handles information like images, sounds, and social problems.
A child naturally wants to try and copy their parents, so they’re often attracted to toys with “real-life” functions (we all had plastic kitchens, or tea parties, didn’t we?). A child’s desire to replicate their role models is essential for cognitive development. So, the key takeaway here is: choose toys that encourage your little ones to develop skills they’ll need in real life, while at the same time absorbing them and keeping it fun, is imperative for healthy brain development. But how do we know what to choose?
Thankfully, Lovevery does all the work for you on that front. They work with experts to help them design their toys to ensure they provide kits suitable for children at various stages of their cognitive development. The kits come with a play guide for parents so they can understand what stage their child’s at, and what’s going on in their child’s mind. The guide explains what the toys are supposed to encourage in addition to offering helpful tips on how parents can join in with play.
But they look so unsightly, don’t they?
Children have boundless curiosity, but they can be overwhelmed by toys with high levels of stimulation. You know the kind — toys with flashing lights, bright colors, and all manner of other bells and whistles. Not only are these toys a tad daunting for your kids, but the majority of them are incredibly unsightly. This is where Lovevery comes into their own. They make toys that are noticeably simplistic and low-tech, allowing the child to focus on mastering how to use the toy, instead of their senses being overwhelmed. It is the simplicity of the toys that helps children stay engaged.
The materials that are used for children’s toys tend to be unattractive and plastic, and though Lovevery does make some plastic items, the majority of their collection is made from reclaimed wood and organic cotton fabric. These natural materials provide beauty in their simplicity and streamlined appearance; their wholesome and minimalistic look adds to the surroundings of the home, instead of stick out in it. Adding to this, the quality of the products allows for high durability, and the chance for the toys to be passed on to others.
Why wooden toys are better…
Wooden toys are extraordinary, so much so that they deserve a whole section talking about why they are so special, and what makes them a better option for your child and your home. Wooden toys are more memorable and seem overall more special and unique. The material allows them to create a connection to the natural world that might not have been nurtured by other toys, especially if the child is in an urban environment.
Simple wooden toys provide a more educational approach to playtime and inspire children to imagine endless possibilities. This helps unlock a child’s creative potential and allows the child to feel more in control. It’s incredibly strong. Wood is much harder to break, and won’t shatter, which is better for safety. When other toys are broken, there’s a risk of sharp, broken parts causing injury or pain. Also, when a wooden toy becomes worn over time, it still looks attractive!
Adding to this, because wood is of a higher quality than plastic, they tend to outlast them and therefore be more value for money in the long run. Though they may seem more initially expensive, the quality and lifespan of the toys make up for it. We live in a world where our senses are overwhelmed continuously, and this can be especially bombarding for a young child. Wooden toys are quieter and allow children to feel happier or calmer than if their senses were being overwhelmed by a toy.
Overall, minimalistic toys are nicer to look at than a variety of colorful, beeping and flashing toys do. Their classic look has a timeless, authentic and more refined appeal to them, which will seem harmonious with the surroundings. So instead of adding more chaos to your life, why not choose toys that help develop and nurture your child’s natural potential, and calm their minds. The fact that their wholesome elegance will add beauty to your home is just a welcome bonus.