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For many of us growing up, play was reserved as a reward for something accomplished - “Finish your homework and you can go play.” Even now, it is rarely seen as an accomplishment in itself. However, many early childhood educators testify that much can be gleaned from play time. Basic milestones, like fine motor skill development, are achieved during play. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are vital in many situations, as is the determination necessary to sustain certain play scenarios. As such, many good toys are made to make the most of play.
The best toys meld learning and fun at their core. Here are some we believe to provide holistic play value in learning environments both in the classroom and at home: