May 31, 2014

top toys - storytelling tools

We believe the right toys contribute to a positive, healthy childhood and help build life long skills. So we thought long and hard about the kind of toys we wanted to carry at Dilly Dally before we opened our doors. In fact, we researched toys and their benefits for two years before we opened, looking for the right toys that we felt good about promoting.

Most importantly, these toys are fun. The best way to encourage kids to learn is to make it fun, so a toy must be more than a learning tool. We get to watch kids in our store playing with all kinds of our toys, and we listen carefully to what parents tell us about their experiences with our toys. So we know firsthand that kids have fun with our toys!  

Storytelling Tools – Puppets and More

We love storytelling toys like puppets, figures, story cards, story dice, and creative writing tools. Anything that inspires kids to create characters and events and link them together in fun little stories makes for an excellent, imaginative toy.

They develop language skills and vocabulary. Telling a story gives kids an exciting reason to try to think of the right way to say what's in their mind, leading to learning new words and language patterns. It's also a great opportunity to put what they've overheard adults saying in their day to day lives into practice.

They encourage creative thinking and imagination. Kids love creating a storyline for their favourite pirate figure or figuring out a funny story for their bunny puppet to tell mom and dad. Kids instantly create imaginative tales for toys like these - no instruction required! Creativity is a skill that's useful in so many ways and in pretty much every field of human activity. From excelling as a dancer to an engineer to an environmental activist to an entrepreneur, creativity is a necessary skill and likely to increase in importance as our world increases in complexity. 

They develop logic and problem solving skills. How can I end this story I started? What will the dinosaur or horses or fairies do next? How can I fit the next story cue from the story telling dice into the tale I've already started? Deciding how to continue and end stories is a wonderful exercise for the logical brain.

They encourage empathy and help kids explore emotions. Why did this character do what they did? How do they feel about the situation? Storytelling gives kids the chance to think about people and situations from a new point of view and try to imagine what it's like to be someone else.

Further Reading:

How does Puppet Play Promote Development?

Babies and Puppet Play

How creating stories benefits children

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