There are many things to consider when weighing the pros and cons of your child’s toys. Navigating the vast toy market and making the best purchase decisions for your child can feel overwhelming.
Ultimately, any plaything they take an interest in and enjoy spending time with is a great option. But there are some benefits to finding developmentally appropriate options and encouraging them to seek new hobbies.
So, what’s better, a remote-controlled toy or a regular toy? Let’s take a closer look at this debate and help you, as a caregiver, make the best decision for your little one.
Right out of the gate, we recognize that a remote-controlled toy requires a specific set of batteries to function. Some caregivers prefer not to have battery-operated toys in their homes, which is okay. But for those who do not have a preference, owning remote-controlled toys offers many benefits for children.
It’s best to support this type of plaything around eight years old because they require advanced developmental skills and more control. Additionally, taking an interest in a remote-controlled toy can eventually expand into a hobby.
There are several benefits to remote-controlled toys, and for these reasons, you should consider them for your children when they reach these developmental milestones. A few of these benefits include:
- Increased interactions. Being more interactive with playthings can expand a child’s ability to communicate and problem-solve.
- Cause and effect. It isn’t until children become adults that they fully grasp that every action creates a reaction. This is best known as cause and effect, or what goes up must come down. When operating an RC toy, they can see a cause and effect. Their actions on the controller tell the vessel what to do; in turn, they can see how their commands affect the vessel’s motion.
- Enhanced hand-eye coordination. It is best to wait until your child is of an appropriate age to play with RC toys because of the amount of necessary hand-eye coordination to operate them. Babies and toddlers are still developing the ability to make a move without watching the motion, while adolescents or older can make controlled moves and not watch. Playing with a Sky Rover helicopter is an excellent way to improve these skills.
You might be thinking there could be no disadvantages to toys. But when it comes to remote-controlled toys, there may be just a few. If you introduce these toys too early, a child may struggle with the control aspects. It’s an acquired skill they can practice, but patience is generally low for young children.
In addition to a control issue, children can become incredibly competitive. While playing with RC toys with friends is more fun, the fierce competition can stir strong feelings. If this issue occurs for your little ones, try to use this as a learning opportunity about healthy competition and how to cope with losing. Racing RC toys and interacting with friends is for fun, not for getting a gold medal.
Now, when we compare remote-controlled toys and regular toys, regular is a broad term and includes a variety of playthings. It’s essential to understand an RC toy will drive, fly, or transport via a remote. In contrast, a regular toy may just be a static object that a child can manipulate through creativity and imagination. A few examples of traditional toys include:
- Building blocks
- Character figures from a show
- Toy trains and train tracks
Developmentally, regular or non-motorized toys serve a purpose in your child’s life almost immediately. They can accompany your baby’s growth, encourage a toddler’s curiosity, and foster independence in youth.
The benefits of regular toys will vary depending on your choice and their age-appropriateness. But overall, static objects can support and encourage the following:
Open-ended toys offer children of any age the ability to create their own ending. A growing imagination does wonders for one’s problem-solving skills and cognitive skills.
Teaching children to share is both challenging and essential. While it isn’t every day, they will need to let somebody else play with their toys. The natural ability to share and be cooperative can help them at school, at work, or while working with a team. This can also instill kindness and compassion from a young age.
Like RC toys, your child may have questions or need your support. But this is different with regular toys, because traditionally, these toys don’t come with right or wrong solutions. In some situations, seeking a parent’s help is an effort to connect and grow a relationship. Assist your child with delicacy and take advantage of the bonding while understanding that there are many ways to approach the situation.
How could there possibly be any cons to non-motorized playthings? While the objects themselves may not offer many disadvantages, the approach to these objects can sometimes be wrong. Here are a few cons to regular toys:
Too Many Can Create Chaos
Having too many toys is a real issue that many aren’t aware of. Caregivers are stressing over the mess and their child’s inability to focus without realizing that too many choices can be overwhelming for a child and a parent. Children thrive on their ability to focus and master skills. So if the play area is chaos, their attention span and focus may be impacted. Additionally, the parents often clean up and stress over the mess around them. Consider a toy rotation strategy to decrease the amount of environmental chaos.
Inappropriate for Development
If you choose toys that are not developmentally appropriate for your child, you may not be doing them any favors. If a toy is for children that are too young, this can stunt or pause your child’s development. At the same time, a toy for older children is effectively useless and beyond your child’s ability. It’s essential to keep in mind where they stand developmentally when shopping for toys because meeting them on their level can encourage and support their needs and help them master skills.