Toys And Its Effect On Children

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A toy is an object for a child to play with or something that an adult buys or uses for enjoyment and entertainment (Merriam-webster.com, 2014). It is thought to some people that a toy is only for a child and use the words ‘toy’ and ‘plaything’ interchangeably. Suggesting that a toy was custom built for play and a plaything can be used in play, even though it was made for another purpose. An example of this is a teenage mutant ninja turtle action figure was custom made for play but a child can be transformed into a Leonardo through green curtain material, red belt and two wooden spoons. Due to this ‘playthings’ are considered as toys because they share the same purpose to toys in assisting in child development. Toys are relevant to different age groups due to their obvious changes in development therefore matching toys can be very difficult. Stages of development include crawling to standing to walking to fine control of objects used. Although development of fine control of the hands and fingers may seem less spectacular to standing or walking it plays a major role in increasing the range of toys that can be used. This explains why children are given jumbo crayons and stubby paint brushes instead of standard- size writing instruments as they do not have an effective control over small hand and forearm muscles. Due to the many different aspects of child development makes isolation difficult between interactive aspects of these skills. Through analysing typical patterns of
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