From the kindergarten age, the joy of experimentation increases – toys can promote the child’s creativity. This is the case when it leaves a lot of space; the imagination can be used, something can be created or re-enacted.
What can promote creativity?
Painting, crafting, building, inventing stories: everything that children can use to create stimulates the imagination. Her natural curiosity lets her experiment with the resources available to find out what she can do with it.
When painting, they can use shapes and colors to express themselves, when crafting small works of art, building blocks become a tower, a city or a construction site, with dolls and stuffed animals they can reenact scenes from everyday life or think of their own.
The more possibilities children have, the more the creativity is stimulated. On the other hand, too many prescriptions limit creativity and given uses leave little room for imagination.
Age and skills
Babies and toddlers want to explore different things: what do they look like, how do they feel, how do they smell, how do they taste? Toddlers are already more active, able to move in a more coordinated way and to practice different actions and expressive possibilities.
From the kindergarten age, more and more own ideas flow in and the joy of experimentation increases. Kindergarten children can build structures and let them fall over again; their motor skills are so developed that they can perform more differentiated activities, the expressiveness increases and they like to think up stories.
Accordingly, the toy can become more sophisticated and provide more creative space.
To stimulate creativity, the toy must stimulate the imagination. A kit that can only be put together in a certain way, certainly fulfills its purpose and can be fun, but leaves little further employment opportunities.
Simple toys like bricks, lego, dolls and animal figures invite you to experiment and come up with something. Paint creates pictures, plasticine objects.
Promote babies and toddlers
Rattles and Teething Toys
A baby is interested in everything that can touch it. Rattles and teething toys are ideal for this. How about a ring rattle in the shape of a cute cow? A biting and gripping chain, for example from Nuby, is also well suited.
Already from the age of three months, your child can also explore feeling books like “ministers Feel it! “. With such a toy, the senses are stimulated, and the motor skills develop – both are important requirements for the creative use of toys.
With about a year building blocks are exciting, such as the BIG Bobby Car Baby Blocks building blocks. A little bit more challenging is the block set by Haba. This will require your child to play around a bit until it knows how to best stack the blocks. Creativity is encouraged as it can always come up with a new structure.
From about 18 months, a wooden contour puzzle, like that of Ravensburger, can stimulate the imagination. If you are two years old, more complex puzzles are suitable for stimulating the imagination. Different images on the puzzle pieces must be assigned to each other, so that action scenario arises that arise from the child’s understanding. These can be based on real situations or devised.
With finger paints your child can live out to their heart’s content, mix colors, create handprints or paint lines and shapes. This is how a white piece of paper or a piece of plain cardboard becomes a colorful work of art. Toddlers will also enjoy their first attempts at painting with pencils or brushes. It is important that you choose suitable painting equipment for the little children’s hands, as the muscles in hand are not yet fully developed. Shorter and thicker wax crayons or chalks are particularly well suited for this purpose. For the fine motor development, it is also helpful that not only at the table is painted but also in prone or standing. For this purpose, for example, paper over a large area on the wall or for children from three years on one Easel attached.
Creative toy for kindergartners
Painting, kneading, and crafts
In the kindergarten age, it may be even more versatile. Painting, kneading, and crafting continues to offer creative opportunities to create something freely. Children can use clay to create colorful figures and landscapes while at the same time training their creativity and fine motor skills.
Building bricks and Lego bricks also remain interesting. In combination with small figures, the self-constructed works encourage us to think about and replay any actions.
Role-playing games with games kitchen, shop and Co.
Creative is also about role-playing games. With a play kitchen, your child creates their dishes and can serve them to the family, with a small workbench practicing the budding master craftsman, with a dollhouse, your child can always think up new stories and reenact.
Great is also a well-stocked store as from the range of Eichhorn. This can be your child alone, but also with you or other children to take turns in different roles to slip.
- In the first months: wooden chains for the stroller, mobiles, blankets, music boxes
- From six months on rattles, teething rings, feeling books, wooden picture books
- From six months: rattles, teething rings, felt books, wooden picture books From the first year of life: building bricks, picture books, wooden puzzles, sand toys
- From the age of two: children’s tools, toy excavators, and trucks, toy kitchens, finger-colored dolls
- From the age of three: medical case, shop, kaleidoscope, wax crayons, clay, cardboard puzzles, finger puppets
- From four years: Lego, painting things, dollhouse, ironing beads
- From the age of five: board games, handicraft