4 ways to introduce your kids to interactive toys

March 7, 2015

When we hear the phrase "interactive toy", we immediately think of gaming and electronics. In reality, it’s a whole lot simpler than that. Any toy can be interactive in different ways and oftentimes without batteries, buttons or blinking lights. Here's what you need to know.

4 ways to introduce your kids to interactive toys

1. Interactivity made simple

Since interactive play with a toy simply means involving the user, is a common teddy bear considered interactive?

  • The answer is yes. When watching a child play with a stuffed toy or doll, do you notice what they do with it?
  • They speak and construct dialogue, they operate it, disguise it and confide in it.
  • The toy requires no reaction, sound or stimulus.
  • The mere presence of being with the toy is enough to engage the child's developing imagination. In this case, the child causes the interactivity—not the toy.

2. Simple interactive games

If you want to take interactive play to the next level, purchase toys that encourage sharing and promote communication and socialization. Some toys to consider are:

  • Building blocks
  • Cosplay
  • Pencils and paint brushes
  • Puzzles
  • Toy dishes or tea sets
  • Dolls and action figures
  • A rattle
  • Building blocks
  • Bath toys for babies and toddlers

3. Interactive games that invite play

Other toys that are not only interactive but have the advantage of also being educational include:

  • Musical instruments and sound machines
  • Gaming consoles and videos
  • Interactive pets to care for and train just like real animals
  • Talking dolls

4. Interactive educational games

If you are looking for an interactive toy that makes sound and responds to your child, some options are:

  • Tablets and games
  • Books and audiobooks
  • Developmental and early-learning toys for babies
  • Netbooks with language, math and music activities
  • Interactive world globe
  • Board games

In a nutshell, the purpose of interactive play is to inspire activity and expression between the toy and the child. Degrees of developmental and educational values vary from activity to activity, but they are all stimulating.

Your child’s limitless curiosity and imagination will guarantee hours of fun while they develop and expand their interactive skills.

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