toys can go a very long way in shaping a wholesome and healthy personality. A child
acquires the fundamental self esteem necessary for a good life.
One of the main advantages of play is that it encourages a child's cognitive development.
Between the ages of 3 to 5 years your child's imagination really takes off. Children
transform everyday effects for use in their imaginary worlds for e.g. A blanket draped
over chairs makes a house or castle. A bed can be a boat, dolls and teddies and other
stuff toys become playmates. Dressing-up clothes and a few props can add to the fun of
imaginative games. Old toys may be rediscovered and used in new of different ways.
Building houses, vehicles and other structures
Wooden building blocks or train sets can be incorporated into his imaginative games. As
parents if you talk about what he is building, his vocabulary and understanding can be
stretched. More complex shape words like cylinder, cube and pyramid can be used and
Puzzles and jigsaws
At this stage your child may be ready for more advanced puzzles which encourage him to
plan ahead and think things through. His problem solving abilities are also taxed by
Clay is a lot of fun at this age (between 3 - 5 years). Your child may now begins to use
these materials to make a greater variety of different shapes, animals, a person or a car.
Your child will love being included in helping you with cooking or baking. You can make
buns or cakes and let your child help you with measuring the ingredients, kneading or
rolling the dough.
Cutting and making collages
At age of 5 years your child will be able to make collages cut outs and more adventurous
kinds of pictures. One can use old birthday cards or New Year cards. He can use dry
flowers etc. Children love making cards, He can make simple cards by cutting out balloons
or animals and sticking them down.
As he gets older your child could enjoy new painting techniques. He can mix different
colours of paint together to make a different range of other distinct colours.
By the age of four, most children like to play simple board or card games like snakes and
tolders, ludo. Board games can help your child to recognize numbers and learn to count.
As your child grows, his taste in books will grow and change too. He will now be
interested in more than just pictures, he will want to know the fairy tales which are
still very popular at this stage. These are many books available that help to develop
Physical games, indoors and outdoors are vital for developing your child's co-ordination
and strength. Between ages of 3 - 5 children can use the jungle gyms slides, seesaw, etc.
At about the age 3 he may learn to pedal a tricycle when he out grows his tricycle he can
progress to a small bicycle with training wheels. Swimming too is a splendid outdoor
activity. By 3 or 4 he may be able to swim by himself.