Toy phones have been around for quite some time. Kids, who’ve always enjoyed imitating adults, have gotten the hang of using a phone very early. They are great because they keep kids amused for some time and give adults a chance to take care of other things, like driving the car for instance.
If you think about it, there are a number of things that your child can learn using toy phones.
One of the most common ‘educational’ uses for toy phones is helping children learn numbers. There are plenty of models who will produce a distinct sound every time a different digit is pressed. Some will even go as far as reciting the number that was just pressed. Through repetition, it is inevitable that the child will eventually get a good understanding of the 0 to 9 digits.
The LeapFrog Chat and Count Phone will do more than just that, it will play a series of songs about counting. All the child has to do is to push a button and let the music play 🙂
Pushing any one of the 10 digits will make a puppy Scout appear on the screen and play it in a fun way.
Other toy phones will help your child learn a series of phone numbers, in case of emergency. This “Fun-2-Learn Cell Phone” for instance, will help your child remember up to three of them .
Don’t take any educational claim for granted!
While it is true that toy phones can be educational, don’t make the mistake of expecting your child to learn all numbers over the night. There is no toy in this world that will do that, no matter what the manufacturer says.
Also, especially in this case, the educational value will be most apparent for 4-5 year olds. It would be quite abusive to expect a two year old to learn how to count.
That being said, you should take a look at this selection of toy phones and choose one that you’d most like your kid to have.
What are your thoughts?
I can’t say I’ve pointed out all educational uses that a toy phone can have. What are some of the ways that you think would help a child learn more useful things?
Leave your answer in the comment section below!