Technique 91 – Look no farther than your own home for playthings for your child.
Unformed toys provide open-ended experiences for children. They come with no rules and therefore have no limitations. In a natural way they elicit language and creative development. Children interact with them in such a way that they continue to acquire new skills. Instead of being toys that children outgrow, they are toys that grow with the child. These kinds of toys illustrate the well-known adage, “The more you put into something, the more you get out of it.”
If play is a child’s work, then toys are the tools. These encompass many things from around the house that we all like, and here are some examples. Please note that all these items must be used age-appropriately. For children under four, keep an watchful eye out when using pieces that are small enough to be swallowed. For all children, watch carefully for safe usage of any and all these materials.
Cards and paper
Newspaper and magazines
Pencils and pens
Markers and crayons
Styrofoam packing material
Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
An appropriate toy challenges a child to think. The amount of thinking that your child does is what determines the true value of the toy. Toys that are the most formed have the least value, and those that have the least form have the most value. With more form, you can put less into it. With less form, you can put more into it. For example, a toy that has one button to push and that does only one thing requires little thinking. A ball, on the other hand, invites many different kinds of play.
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