Learning is Child’s Play
Cognitive Development Through Play
Numerous, diverse, group studies conducted throughout the world have shown that regardless of economic and cultural backgrounds, educational toys and play have a very positive and important affect on the cognitive development of children.
What is Cognition?
Cognition means “to know”. Knowledge can be memories formed from the manipulation and assimilation of raw input, perceived via our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.
Using knowledge to direct and adapt action towards goals is the foundation of the cognitive process. Past experiences and trends inform our senses of what the future might hold and help us to act accordingly.
What is Cognitive Learning?
Cognitive learning can be defined as the process by which one acquires knowledge or skill in cognitive processes. Cognitive processes include reasoning, abstract thinking, decision making, problem solving etc. In cognitive learning, the individual learns by watching, reading or experiencing stimuli. This information is processed by the brain and later recalled.
Learning capabilities and capacities are endless in developing minds. Some of the benefits of educational toys are:
Tactile Stimulation - Tactile stimulation increases the child’s ability to be able to tell the difference between different textures such as hard and soft etc.
Hand-Eye Coordination - Children’s hand-eye coordination is enhanced through this trial and error process of puzzle, matching and modeling clay manipulation.
Fine Motor Skills - Magnetic Matching Games, Modeling Clay and Puzzles are a fun way to improve fine motor skills. Fine motor manipulation is most important for writing but children start learning this skill long before they can hold a crayon or a pencil. Various types of Magnetic Matching Games, Modeling Clay and Puzzles can help train their small muscle movements. These muscle movements occur in the fingers in coordination with the eyes while improving dexterity as well as strengthening shoulder muscles allowing for better posture.
Visual Awareness – This is the child’s ability to see objects clearly, and to be aware of how far or near objects are.
Memory and Visualization - This is the child’s ability to imagine things and remember what something looks like when they no longer see it.
Independent Play – This is the child’s ability to be able to play with a toy without having help from their parent. This is an excellent milestone in a child’s life and can give them independence and confidence in themselves.
Co-Operative Play - This is a child’s interaction with other children and teaches them to learn social skills such as sharing, playing together and learning together.
Role Play - This is when a child pretends to play the part of someone other than themselves.
Social Skills - Educational games can be played alone but are also great tools for encouraging cooperative play. As children interact they are sharing the task of learning.
Every parent wants their child to have the best in life. Encourage their development with educational toys.
Cool Games educational toys are more than just instructive but also fun, providing children an opportunity to learn. The best toys engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others.
You are encouraged to click on the research section and read the international studies for yourself….