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Because a child’s life is often focused on discovery, kids toys are often designed to help them in this process. For infants, most of this process is centered on developing basic visual and tactile senses. For older children, the focus is often on developing social skills and logic functions of the brain. Toy manufacturers are constantly looking for new ideas around which they can create products that are not only entertaining (a must for children) but can also be helpful in developing the mental and physical skills they will need later on in life.

Games can be a great way for children to learn a number of necessary skills. There are literally dozens of games available to parents that are designed to focus on specific skill sets for their children. Some of these games focus on developing math skills, others are focused primarily on language and reading. Multi-player games are an ideal way for children to work on their social skills as well because these games require interaction and cooperation between the players. And what’s more, games can be hugely entertaining, which often translates into them becoming a child’s favorite activity.

Discovery kids toys are also commonly found in the form of puzzles. Puzzles have many benefits for the young, developing mind and can be found in a nearly infinite variety. Simple jigsaw puzzles can be an outstanding way for children to develop spatial relation skill, hand-eye coordination, logical thinking, and simple patience as well. Word puzzles can be used to help a child develop basic reading and language skills. As with any type of toy, however, in order to be as effective as possible they should be purchased with the age of the child in mind. A two-year-old child does not have the cognitive capacity to put together a 200-piece jigsaw puzzle, but a 5-piece puzzle designed with a simple picture can be an effective way to start.

Of course, children develop physically as fast as they develop mentally, and as such toys that encourage playtime and exercise is also highly recommended. Unfortunately, many of the high-tech toys that have come out over the last decade or so have actually negatively impacted the physical wellbeing of children across the country. As a result, the instances of childhood obesity have been steadily rising, as have the occurrences of obesity related diseases such as diabetes. Recently, however, there has been a growing movement towards the return of outside playtime. Many national organizations have implemented programs designed to get kids to spend more time engaged in physical activity, and have done so with great success.

In a child’s world of discovery, kids toys that can help a child to learn and keep them entertained are essential. Parents should actively seek out those toys that can help the mental and physical development of their child, rather than those that will simply keep them quiet. Fortunately, there are many, many options available to today’s parents and the list continues to grow each year.