Me and my soft toy
If you think back to your childhood, there are bound to be a few playthings or possessions
that stick out the most. I had a brown teddy which I called Hash Brown! But whether it was a teddy bear, toy car, colouring book or even a comfort blanket, these cherished belongings are thought of fondly. What’s more, you probably didn't leave the house without them.
Take Millie for example. She has no end of dollies and soft toys, especially Pandas, that are never far from her grasp. These companions are there for her to talk to, play with and rely on. This all
sounds fairly innocent, but it is amazing just how important cherished play toys and worldly
goods are to a child’s upbringing. Although Millie doesn't know it yet, her dollies have the
potential to shape who she becomes later on in life.
So while us adults have to deal with nonsensical or arbitrary tasks on a daily basis, such
as dealing with telemarketers or doing the weekly food shop, our kids are going through a
remarkable phase of growth and development.
The importance of toys
Despite our best efforts, it isn't always possible to devote every single second or hour of the
day to our children. Although this makes us appreciate the times we do have together, it is
reassuring to know that kids are being entertained and comforted in other ways.
As mentioned before, Millie has quite the imagination, so there is no need to worry about
whether she'll get bored or restless easily, and if the recent trip to Center Parcs is anything to
go by, Chester’s love of football and other outdoor pursuits will stand him in good stead too.
But it is easy to forget how often they turn to their favourite toys and possessions for
enjoyment and amusement.
The role that toys play
After conducting a bit of research, it is quite unbelievable to discover the role that toys play
in a child’s development. You'd think they would simply satisfy their imaginations or occupy
a bit of time, but it is far more significant than that. From developing language and motor skills to encouraging cognitive thinking and developing a sense of safety, toys are on hand to educate and enlighten before schoolteachers have the chance! On top of that, they familiarise youngsters with being alone or working independently as well as alongside others.
Childhood memories of sharing secrets with a trusty teddy and having tea parties alongside
dollies or figurines seemed fairly inconsequential and of little importance at the time, but it
may well have influenced the person writing this today.
*This post was written in collaboration with Tesco