Five different ways children develop by playing

Five different ways children develop by playing

We are always searching for possibilities to make sure our little one's develop in the best ways. Psychologist agree that playing has several different effect on the development of our children.

At Tobogan Kids our goal is to find toys that children like to play with and help the educational development process at the same time. Take a look in our Kids toys collection and find the product that will help your precious kids to develop in 5 different ways.

1. Play Leads to Discovery of the Physical World (Physics and Math)

When children play they are discovering things about their world and in doing so, developing a deep understanding of the natural physics and mathematical principles of our world. This is called constructive cognition. Learning isn't something that happens to you, it is something you do! By putting together the Wooden Block Mushroom they will develop all kinds of skills. 

2. Play Leads to Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

As children discover their world through play they also are developing the ability to problem solve. If the blocks from our Wooden Colored Geometric Building Blocks don't fit one way, they will have to find the way that they will fit. We can show them what is the correct way to put the blocks in but if we allow them to find the solution through active discovery, they begin to truly understand how it works. These discoveries involve observation, comparison, classification, and trying different ways to solve the problem. These are all real-world problem-solving skills! 

3. Play helps Children Develop Self-Control and Social Skills

Social play in which a few children play a game together and make up a pretend scenario is a natural environment for children to learn and practice self-regulation skills. When children work toward a common goal they have to regulate their impulses in order to cooperate (children who are more impulsive especially benefit from this kind of play). The Baby Wooden Building Blocks Sensory Toys are perfect to let children play together and develop their self-control and social skills. This is also how children learn about social rules like sharing, negotiating, resolving conflicts and how one must act in a group to get something done. 


4. Play Builds Healthy Minds and Bodies

Physical activity play in preschoolers is called physical exercise play and in middle schoolers rough and tumble play. Basically, both of these types of play involve large body movements and exercise.

The best thing is that kids are motivated by nature to exercise in this playful way. Most likely, physical play helps children develop strength and endurance. Moving their bodies gives input to their developing brains and bodies. 

5. Play Promotes Connection and Relationships

Play is how children interact with their world and how they communicate. To connect with them we best use our playfulness. Directly playing with them and getting yourself in their world will create closeness and trust with them. The Monkey Bowling Game is a perfect tool to do just this.  


We hope Tobogan Kids can help your children develop in the best and most fun way!


Thijs Jonge
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“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” – Kenyan Proverb

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” – Kenyan Proverb

We would like to share a few of our experiences, ideas and if you may allow some of our visions regarding life in general but mainly how the family life impacted us as a whole.

Our five wonderful children keep us super busy the whole day through. Starting in the morning by getting them all ready to go to school, coming back for lunchtime, going back for another couple of hours, finally coming back home, getting ready for dinner, squeeze the homework’s in between, listen to everyone’s stories, try to remember everything they say and put in practice, do household every day otherwise it piles up and thats not such a good thing if it happens (smile) and get them all ready for bed. 

Finally when that happens you may allow yourself a time out. At least in theory… because in practice it looks totally different. 

Exactly then the mind starts rolling. And we think and think. What have we done good? What could we do better?

In the run of creating this perfect universe for our children we realize that actually they create it for us.

When we first started our online store Tobogan Kids we were driven by numbers and profit. Even our children were saying and here we quote: “oh that toy looks cool this means we can sell it for 100?”. First we did not understood what do they mean by 100? Dollars? Euro? Francs? No for them 100 (a bigger number) means “a lot of money”, therefore 100 Money. In their innocent mind they just discovered a new currency. Hilarious story to be honest with you but it did brought us to the following thoughts. 

We live in a world ruled by material things. We teach our children to be productive and earn money, lots of it. I mean nowadays you can’t go far without it.

They (children) see us doing the same. They follow what we do and not what we tell them to do.

It’s incredible the impact we have over these little tiny us. We wish that our children become the better version of ourselves, that they go to higher schools, have bigger houses and yes there again more money.

In our rush are we not forgetting something even more important?

What happened with “Love”, “Family” and not at least “Time” to do all written above?

That’s how our vision became more clear to us and we decided to implement it through our store. Together we spend the time by learning and teaching entrepreneurship to ourselves and our children, collect ideas and try to make something out of it, go beyond the invisible lines and be creative. 

They are not just children. They are our children on the way to become great and kind people. Every mom and dad knows that its hard work, with tremendous responsibility and sacrifice.

But that is not what it is all about. We put accent on being together. To hold on to each other. To express our feelings.

And who knows at one point the 100 Money will be there too. After all from time to time we all need a vacation (smile).

More stories will follow.


With love


Tobogan Kids Family






Thijs Jonge
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