In essence, Kids Toys are children’s first introduction to many things that will prepare them, albeit unconsciously, into the world of adults. Toys are some of a child’s first possession, providing their first lessons in ownership and control based on attraction.
When a toy strikes a kid’s fancy, it also stirs their curiosity. Toys mark their first forays into personal discoveries and experimentations. (A ball rolls; things fall on the floor; some have interesting sounds when shaken; certain things taste awful; some are soft, etc.)
Later, the toys they prefer become more complex, more challenging, more detailed. Balls and stuffed animals are exchanged with toy trucks and talking dolls. These days, electronic toys are making inroads into children’s consciousness as much as role models (fictional superheroes seen in media).
The preferences become detailed, more life-like or representative of things in real life. The children see their adult counterparts (parents, older siblings, neighbors, and strangers) interact with these real things and are subconsciously rated by the children in the satisfaction these real-life stuff can bring in.
Toys provide a child’s first experiences which can last all throughout their lives. Later, when their faculties are developing, the toys that have the strongest attractive qualities to them can become the measuring stick that they will use in choosing the things in their adult lives.
The children’s mental, emotional and psychological growth, including their social skills, can spring and develop from these interactions with inanimate objects. Some creative types develop their creativity when they make their own toys (paper planes, spinning tops, slingshots, etc.) based on their needs and later satisfaction.
With their innate faculties in full swing, children become flexible depending on their natural surroundings. Children who are raised in rural villages provide themselves with whatever things around as their toys. Thus, a river becomes an immense watery toy to romp on. Pet animals also double as live toys to play with.
In urban places like the city and other developed areas, kids’ toys are readily available and the choices are plenty. Knowledgeable parents can help choose their children’s toys appropriate for their ages and temperament, and always with an eye into their further development and growth.
Experts have cautioned on over-dependence of electronic toys to fill up the children’s hunger for more bells and whistles in their toys. The electronic ones are embellished with the latest push-button innovations in terms of pictures, sounds, lights and other entertainment features designed to hook a child’s fancy.
There is also a widespread concern among parents and experts regarding the proliferation of many toys in the market that are outright blatant in depicting anti-social, violent, or militaristic subjects. The argument is that, unsupervised and without positive value re-enforcements from parents, these types of toys could influence the children’s attitude.
Psychologists have long argued that over-saturation with these types of kids’ toys can raise a child’s aggressive and sometimes harmful personality growth. What is disturbing is that these are in the subconscious levels and will appear only later when they become adults.