The Benefits of Choosing Non-Electronic Toys for Kids

Whatever happened to the old-fashioned, non-electronic traditional toys like Barbie dolls, G.I. Joe action figures, and Lincoln Logs? It seems that nowadays, it’s all about the iPad, Nintendo Switch, and Interactive Pets. While electronic toys do have their benefits, they just can’t replace traditional toys. So, let’s talk about some of the benefits of non-electronic toys when compared to electronic toys.

Non-Electronic Toys

Encourages physical activity

When kids play with electronic toys, they hardly move at all. They basically just sit there pressing buttons or controlling a remote. However, non-electronic toys encourage kids to get up and move around. As most of you know, being sedentary for long periods of time may lead to childhood obesity.

Encourages social interaction

For the most part, electronic toys are designed for individual play. While it is important that kids should be able to entertain themselves, it is even more important that they interact with other kids in order to learn valuable social skills. Through social interaction, kids will learn things like how to get along with others, how to share with others, and how to take turns with others. These things are all possible with the use of non-electronic toys.

Fosters creativity

Most electronic toys are pre-programmed, which requires very little creativity or imagination. With non-electronic toys, kids can use their imagination to think of creative, different, and unique ways to play with the same toy. Even toys such as stuffed animals can encourage children to come up with more in-depth imaginative play. Creating a storyline with their favorite and then acting out their story, will foster their creativity. These creative moments can help with building and improving critical thinking skills, fine motor skills, and problem-solving skills.

Promotes language development

Many electronic toys are marketed as educational, but a 2016 study found that this wasn’t the case. The study, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, compared how three different types of toys (books, electronic toys, and traditional toys) impacted parent-child interactions. One of the findings of the study showed that during playtime with the electronic toys, the children said fewer words than during playtime with the books or playtime with the traditional toys.

Non-Electronic Options for Children

With all of the non-electronic options available, it isn’t difficult to find a non-electronic toy that your child will love playing with. You can bring back traditional toys like LEGO or wooden blocks, or even non-traditional toys like play food. By choosing non-electronic toys for children, you are promoting physical activity, social activity, creativity, and language development. In addition to this, non-electronic toys are also much more affordable than electronic toys. And who doesn’t want that?

Activity Ideas Using Nature

While nature itself is great for playing with, sometimes kids get bored of the same old nature activities. Luckily, nature can also provide you with many options that will allow your child to have some fun while playing with nature! Here are just a few nature-based activity ideas.

-Create nature mosaics using pieces of nature

-Visit an outdoor museum, which is a place where nature provides all the exhibits. Some examples of outdoor museums include butterfly gardens or nature trails.

-Fill an empty pail with dirt and leaves to make your own indoor sandbox

-Explore nature by visiting a local park or nature center

-Start a nature collection by picking up items from nature and displaying them in a nature collage or nature cork board.

-Make your own nature wand by collecting sticks from nature and tying them together with yarn, string, or twine.

Whatever nature activities you choose to do, hopefully, these will provide your child with fun nature-based activities to enjoy!

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