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The importance of children playing with everyday objects / Creativity and open learning

Parents sometimes cannot afford the expensive toys their children want. However, plastic bins or egg cartons that can be easily recycled around life can be much better toys for children.

Parents will have noticed that their children often play with toys when they receive them, paying more attention to the box or gift wrapper than the toy itself.

Children can creatively play with everyday materials and objects like egg cartons and paper cups in a variety of ways. These may include non-play cardboard, sticks, pots and pans, sand or marbles, and other items from nature such as tree leaves, shells, and rocks.

Today, mass-produced plastic toys for limited use have a large place in children's play and early childhood education environments. These toys are designed to be used in specific ways with limited opportunities for imaginative play.

Play is an activity pursued for its own sake, characterized by a process rather than an end goal.

Through play, children play by connecting previous experiences, express their ideas in different ways, imagine possibilities, and explore and produce new meanings.

This complexity can be observed in children's play topics, materials, content, social interactions, and the understanding they demonstrate in play.

The more complex the play, the more it affects a child's brain development. Good play can improve children's processing skills in brain cognitive development, even with less play time. Self-impulse overcoming, behavioral control, exploration and discovery, problem solving, social interaction, and interest in process and outcome naturally acquired through play can be expanded into cognitive domains that drive learning.

The theme of play will follow the ideas inherent in living materials or toys that can be played with. Its materials and toys have changed significantly over the years in line with social changes and technological advances. A wide range of play opportunities allows children to use their imaginations, explore their surroundings, and develop their cognitive abilities.

I believe there is an important relationship between children's toys and play and children's cognitive development. This knowledge will help educators and parents understand which materials are most conducive to specific types of quality play in early childhood settings.

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