Go for the old-fashioned toys! Studies have shown that traditional toys such as blocks, puzzles, dolls, and other hands-on options are best when it comes to teaching children certain spatial skills necessary for success.
Traditional toys help children understand shapes and develop early geometrical skills that they can build upon once they enter kindergarten.
Parents are more likely to engage with their children with traditional toys over screen-based electronic toys, further encouraging child development. Newer toys that rely on technology, such as computers or video games, may keep children entertained, but in the long run, do not teach preschoolers spatial reasoning skills.
Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, September 2020