Toys boost children’s´ creativity and they help them express their emotions (internal and external). Whether it´s thru role playing (acting out different characters, use of costumes, etc.) or dolls, children are given the space to imagine familiar situations (playing house, a day at the farm, a visit to the hospital…) or invent fantastical worlds that lead kids to abstraction (action figures, science fiction universes…) The capacity to generate symbolical games reveals a mature personality, capable of creating rules of its own.
Often times, adults tend to identify the word toy with “something they sell at the store” but children, on the other hand, see toys are the objects included in their playing. These objects can be something real like a set of keys, a pot, a roll of toilet paper, or things they can transform such as clay, play dough, paint. These tools all help teach kids how to make decisions as they help spark their imagination while creating a universe they can play in.