Playtime for a newborn child is a priority that mothers and fathers may not realize, and a child born ready to learn spends most of his or her first year – except for eating and sleeping – playing and exploring. How do we make playtime special and useful?
Parents, the child’s first playmate, may not know that playing in the first year of the child’s life is a great way not only to have fun and have a good time, but also to develop his various skills.
The importance of children’s toys in the early years
Playing in the first years of a child’s life is particularly important for the following reasons:
Because it is the first school for the young emotionally, mentally and socially, it increases the bonds between the child and his parents, enhances the development of the brain and skills, and paves the way for social interaction, playing with your child in his first year opens up broad prospects for the development of his mental and social possibilities.
The parental involvement of their child this important period plays a dual role in what happens, each of them a friend and a fun playmate, as well as a teacher who provides the mind of the fast-growing child the basic information that paves the way for his subsequent development.
The hours spent playing during this phase can be considered a real investment, not a waste of time, because it is a way for the child to get to know himself and others, and the world around him, and help build his confidence and enhance his awareness and relationship with his surroundings.
Specifications of children’s toys
Toys for toddlers in their first year should not be expensive, materials from the home environment can be used as play tools, as long as they are safe (they are not broken or have no small removable parts or sharp limbs), and their size is suitable (anything the size of a small toilet paper cylinder is forbidden to give to the child).
Good games are washable, hold up for a good time and parents are also impressed, they will share the little one in the game.
Playing through words and music
In the first year of your child’s life, dolls don’t have to be the hero of playing time, reading, talking, and singing for the little one are easy ways to play with. It provides him with an opportunity and an experience full of learning, and you can do the following activities:
Use songs and children’s hymns, you can sing to your child at any time even while you’re doing housework or changing clothes, and you can dedicate a little song or melody to each of his activitie
Play ing children’s books, read to your child every day, and remember that children can also play with books assigned to them, they try to touch them with the mouth, try to flip pages, so save books and stories for children under one year old to be clean and safe.
Encourage little chatter, children learn to make different sounds with their own voices, encourage your little one to gossip and repeat the sounds he makes and turn them into words, this can become a game that enhances his language skills as well as entertaining and making fun.
Toys from birth to the third month
At this stage, the child develops hand-eye coordination skills, tries to reach and touch things and learns to catch them, and this provides him with great stimulation, and play time at this stage can include:
Fabrics and scarves in a variety of colors and contacts that you can play with (watching for no asphyxiation).
An unbreakable reflective surface where its reflection can be seen.
Rattle made of safe and stoic materials that can be placed on his wrist or ankle.
Wooden or plastic bracelets without removable parts or small parts.
Games and face-to-face pictures because he likes to look at the style of the face.
Play from 3 to 6 months
At this age, the young develops fine motor skills (use of hands and fingers), and overall motor skills (moving arms and legs). The child is impressed with his hands, began to connect the movement of the arm and hand and is interested in how it is, and the games can help support the development of these skills by:
The items are calf-shaped or donut made of plastic, large enough to hold them.
Pieces of cloth in different colors and materials (silk, fur… Etc.).
A toy bracket that a child can beat or kick the small toys hanging on him while lying on his back.
Games that make different sounds when stirring are better than those that make electronic sounds, making sure that they are not loud or annoying because the baby’s ears are sensitive.