Skill Building Toys

4 Ways Candy Land Boosts Your Child's Development

Skill Building Toys

4 Ways Candy Land Boosts Your Child's Development

Ever increasingly, the technology industry is creating electronic games and toys for use by toddlers and preschoolers to keep them engaged and promote learning. These devices do serve the purpose of exposing them to gadgetry and give them specific skills needed to successfully use and play them.

But it is also important to provide young children with games and toys that promote their abilities across all the domains of development – physical, language, cognitive, and social.

  • Physical Development - Strengthens fingers, hands and arm muscles as children physically move the characters around the board
  • Cognitive Development - Teaches math skills: identifying colors and shapes, counting the number of spaces to move
  • Language Development - Provides opportunities for players to engage in conversations together about the game
  • Social Development - Promotes patience, turn-taking and sportsmanship skills

Candy Land also has the benefits that it:

  • Enables multiple family members and friends to play the game together
  • Is affordable – everything needed to play is included in the game

Research shows that “90% of a child’s brain develops before they start kindergarten. And it also shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape how their brain develops.”

The current trend is to prepare children of all ages for “kindergarten readiness”. But every experience that children have contributes to wiring their brains that affects their abilities to interact with others, to think creatively and coherently, and develop coping skills to solve problems as they may arise.

Providing children with a diversity of types of toys and games will increase their abilities and enable them to achieve skills that promote their development to their highest potential.

Karen is an Early Childhood Specialist with more than 40 years of experience in teaching, consulting, and curriculum development for young children.

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