April 16, 2014
top toys - games
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!
Playing games is great fun, but there are a host of benefits for kids beyond a good time and a great way to spend an afternoon indoors.
It encourages social skill development. All games have rules, like taking turns, and learning to follow the rules and be respectful of the other players makes playing the game more fun.
It promotes self control. Games give children the opportunity to learn to win or lose gracefully. There are many chances to manage emotions - such as disappointment - more calmly.
It develops focus and concentration. Most games involve paying attention in one way or another, and practicing focus and concentration has great benefit. These skills are essential for accomplishing long term goals and contribute to success at school and work later in life.
It develops strategy and logical thinking. Many games incorporate strategy, and practicing strategic planning and logical thinking can help kids plan ahead and creatively solve problems in other areas of their lives.
It shows that you can learn from experience. Practice makes perfect! Generally, the more one plays a game the better the player becomes at the game. This is a great lesson on the effect that concentrated practice can have on performance, whether its a game, playing a musical instrument or getting better grades at school.
It's a great way for families to spend time together. A regular games night can be wonderful way to encourage family bonding time.
It can hone specific skills like math, spelling and so on. If you'd like your child to practice their numbers, there are a host of math games to look to. Or, if you feel your child needs help being part of a team, a cooperative game can help them practice working with others to accomplish a common goal.