Toy Boxes As A Teaching Tool

August 20 2011No Commented

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Toy boxes make a wonderful addition to any child’s room.  They’re useful in teaching children a sense of organization.  Organization means that everything has its place — or, to put it another way, there’s a time for everything under the sun.  A time to play, a time to refrain from playing, a time to clean up, and, yes, a time to be messy!

That is the wisdom of toy boxes: pedagogical tools in disguise.  This is necessary as young children haven’t any sense of categories, never mind right and wrong.  It is, however, also one of the most charming aspects of a child, that they are so innocent!

And so the ancient adage about babies, their mouths, and the truth.  Children do not put up pretensions like adults – which is why they tend to have such messy rooms!  That’s where toy boxes could help adults teach organizational skills and basic tidiness, particularly the colorful models which easily capture a kid’s attention.  Many kids of a certain age have difficulty grasping concepts in the abstract but are much more amenable to applying them in the concrete – that is to say, in the real world!  When abstract concepts can be paired with concrete actions performed by the student, learning (and retention) is much improved, of adults as well as children.

These boxes can assist with developing motor skills, especially with those models that offer complicated arrangements like separate compartments for stowing different toys.  One could teach the child that though all toys go into the box, certain toys belong in one corner or drawer or level while another goes elsewhere.  These are really life skills which should stay with the child all the more due to the casual non-intrusive (that is, non-school-like) manner of their introduction!

But care must be exercised to ensure that learning to divide the world up into different categories of objects must not be taken too far..  For it will be hard to unlearn what has been learned, especially when acquired at such a young age, so it is better that along with the lessons a little balance is introduced right alongside — right at the outset — so that the attitude does not develop, that everything in the world is an object subject to easy categorization!

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