The holiday shopping season has begun, along with many ads for children’s toys. Deciding which toy to buy for your child or for another child can be challenging. With so many electronic games, tablets and gadgets pictured, it may be easy to overlook the traditional and non-electronic toys.
While some electronic toys and screen devices have educational benefits, it is important to also have a balance with non-electronic toys. There are many research studies looking at the impact screen time has on children’s development. A new study from the National Institute of Health called the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow more than 11,000 nine and ten-year-olds into early adulthood to study a variety of factors that contribute to brain development. This study has shared two early findings regarding the use of screen time. One finding shows significant differences in the brains of some children who use smartphones, tablets and play video games more than seven hours a day. Another early finding shows children who reported more than two hours of screen time a day received lower scores on thinking and language tests.
To help a child balance out the negative effects of too much screen time and alone time, consider purchasing the following non-electronic toys and activities that promote children’s creativity, interactions and learning: