Although educational toys have been found in many different ancient settlements all over the world, the earliest written record we have about the importance of educational toys is from John Locke in the early 17th century. John Locke, a British philosopher, advocated for the use of alphabet blocks to encourage young children to learn how to read and write.
By the end of the 1800s, prominent educators like Friedrich Froebel, who founded the first Kindergarten, and Maria Montessori, who developed the Montessori educational system, had spread the idea that playing with educational toys is an important part of the fundamental development of children.
Up until the middle of the 1900s, wooden educational toys remained popular. As electronics became more commonplace in homes, simpler toys fell out of fashion. Today, more and more parents and educators are rediscovering the benefits of wooden educational toys.
It is clear children gain a lot from playing, and play should be encouraged by adults. Unfortunately, most of today’s children spend the majority of their play time sitting in front of electronic games or a TV. Instead, parents need to encourage kids to play with more traditional educational toys:
The earlier you introduce your kids to educational play the better the results. Children as young as three months old are ready for supervised play. The key to successful play is to introduce developmental and interest appropriate toys. For example, an elementary school teacher uses dowels for a peg board activity, “I bought the pegboard and am using the dowels. I am using the dowels to make a cross and then the kids are using elastics to make the shape.”
At Bear Woods Supply Company, we offer a number of other products great for educational purposes. Our blocks, wooden people, discs and tiles make a great addition to any classroom. We work to help schools by providing extra coupons and discounts on shipping. Explore more about educational toys and wood supplies by visiting our website.
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