Children start developing their social skills from birth. As they grow up, communication skills allow kids to behave appropriately in social situations. They begin to display manners, co-operation, negotiation skills, turn-taking, expression of ideas, and learn to recognize others’ strengths and weaknesses.
Mums and dads are probably the best resource in this area, by modelling appropriate behaviour for their children and providing positive feedback. But toys can also be used as a fun starting point.
Wooden toys can trigger role-play and social interaction with peers or mums and dads, and play should encourage kids to embrace differences between themselves and others, role-play and turn-taking.
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