How Do Toys Affect a Child's Development?

It’s Screen-Free Week here at Jaques of London. What better time to insist that all of your devices are low on battery, as we prepare for a week of glare-free joy. Play time for kids is all about fun, fun and even more fun. But this shouldn’t mean seeking childhood entertainment at the expense of the educational gains to be made from playing with the right kinds of toys. So, join Jaques of London, as we teach the world to play and ask, How Do Toys Affect a Child’s Development?


Baby Play

Baby toys are all about creating a sensory experience that allows the newest members of our families to engage with the world around them. At this age, studies show that children’s playtime can have a strong bond to the personality traits they go on to develop, encouraging play that may be cooperative or solitary in nature.


Toys for Toddlers

As babies begin to toddle, the great evolution of the toybox has already begun. The simple joys of chewing on comforting toys are long gone, replaced by the desire to indulge in infant investigation. Pacifying pacifiers give way to building blocks and baby blankies give way to little lessons in letters. At this age, experimentation is key, so be sure to provide plenty of stimulation, making toddler time non-stop fun.


Term-Time Toys

By the time our kids have made it to school, they are ready to engage with a far broader range of toys and games. At this stage, toys can be used to tie home-time into the activities our little learners are enjoying in their daily lessons. Whether xylophone tapping to progress pitch (and learn the peculiarities of English spelling) or taking to the art easel to draw and write, learning doesn’t have to stop when the bell rings.


Montessori Miracles

Here at Jaques, we are keen proponents of the Montessori method of learning; one which plays a key role for any age of rapidly developing kids. By offering children the chance to learn at their own pace and in a comfortable environment, early learning becomes a free-flowing and experimental process – One which puts the fun in the fundamentals of education.

The best Montessori toys are jumping out of the toybox to show off all that they have to offer to assist in your child’s development. With the excitement of play at the heart of their design, educational Montessori toys provide learning opportunities in basic mathematics, spelling, colour and shape recognition, problem solving, creativity and much more.

Better still, with such emphasis on the sensory discovery afforded through play, Montessori toys are bursting with bright colours and physically invigorating designs. With Montessori, the more you play, the more you learn.


Let’s Get Physi-Cool

Of course, toys aren’t all about playrooms and indoor dens. With the sun threatening to keep its hat on for longer than 24 hours and the doors of lockdown being permanently unlocked, kids have never been more eager to get back into the great outdoors.

With a healthy body, comes a healthy mind, making outdoor toys a garden guarantee of childhood development. Whether running, jumping, ducking or diving your way through a sports day assault course, getting out and about will keep children’s bodies healthy, whilst boosting bone strength, mobility and gross motor skills.

Outdoor toys also present the perfect reason to partner with fellow pint-sized pioneers. Indulging in collaborative play from a young age is vital to early social development. In playing with others, children learn to adapt to different personalities, share, engage in teamwork, and develop trust and empathy for others.

Whether seeing a kite soar, or conquering giant tasks with our Giant Jenga Outdoor Tumble Towers, the great outdoors is play perfection!


With the many benefits that toys have for the development of our children, Screen-Free Week has arrived just in time. So, the next time you wonder how toys affect child’s development, look no further than Jaques of London.

Kate Luke
Head Of Brand
After graduating with a 2.1 Music degree, Kate pursued a career in the Music Industry, becoming a professional West End vocalist and a fully qualified Music Teacher, School Choir Leader and Songwriter. As one of Jaques of London’s Creative Editors, her specialism surrounds building confidence and expression through music & play—drawing upon her qualifications in Music Psychology & Child Development. As well as this, she is an accomplished blog writer and published journalist who enjoys promoting the importance of Montessori learning for all ages.
Ben Williamson
Creative Writer
Ben is passionate about Montessori learning for children and has written for many parenting publications to bring the magic of real play to families in the UK. After graduating in 2009, his career has enabled him to work in areas such as Child Development and Psychology. As a great believer that learning starts at home, he combines his experience with his own parenting style to help bring other families together.
Jess Casson
Marketing Assistant
Jess graduated from the University of York in 2022 with a degree in Sociology and Criminology; kickstarting her career in the creative marketing industry through content creation and social media management. One of these roles involved creating content for a children's holiday camp, which alongside a knowledge of Montessori Teaching, formed an interest in childhood development. Utilising her expertise in both these fields has allowed her to promote and share her passions with the online community while exploring her talent for writing and establishing collaborations.
Laura Henderson
Interior Designer
Interior Designer, Laura Henderson, lives in Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Taking a timeless approach to her designs and drawing on her love of colour, antiques, art, modernist furniture and photography she delivers luxurious compositions and peaceful sanctuaries within every space. Her previous experience in furniture design plays an integral role in the development of each of her projects, as does the time she spends getting to know her clients. She uses this to achieve beautiful, practical, reimagined layouts, resulting in projects that enhance a client’s lifestyle, reflecting their individual passions. To learn more see her website

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