A recent article out of Singapore briefly discusses differences among children’s learning styles and development. According to Dr. Ong Hian Tat, quoted in the article, “Any toy can be used to stimulate learning…The toy must also match the development and individual needs of each child.”
That statement is in accordance with Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. Consider that children learn in different ways. Some are very active, some are drawn to musical expression, and others are excellent readers. (For more information on Multiple Intelligences, see our library, which has several articles on the subject.)
When purchasing an educational toy for a child, try to consider what learning styles appeal to them. They’ll enjoy the toy much more if it draws out their natural abilities while still stimulating their intellectual development!