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To distract and to maintain peace and quiet. That is often the aim of handing a toy to a child. And while that is one benefit, the experts say we should be giving toys that enhance a child’s creative side.

Small enough to not take up too much space but not that small that they can choke on. Noise that can keep a child entertained but volume control to ensure we get no headaches. These are often the many things we look for when choosing toys for children to play with.

If you are looking to foster your child’s creative side, there are some specific toys and tools that you should be encouraging them to play with. Open ended toys such as crayons, play dough; dress-up clothes, blocks and musical instruments provide rich creative play opportunities as they encourage experimentation. They can also be used in a variety of ways and used differently every time.

Toys that involve pretend role-play, such as action figures, adventure playsets (farms, shops etc.), kitchen centres and dollhouses, encourage children to use their imagination and think creatively.

When on a long journey or in special circumstances, it is easy to keep a child entertained with a game on your phone or tablet. Less screen time, however, is necessary to foster your child’s creative side. Encourage your child to read for pleasure and participate in the arts by providing colouring books or art supplies.

Toy blocks and construction toys may not be as flash as video games and robots but they are great for improving motor and co-ordination skills, as well as language and social skills.

As kids can put together blocks in a variety of ways, block play is divergent play. And such activity may prepare kids to think creatively and better solve divergent problems.

It’s the simple toys that can make the biggest difference in your child’s life.