Part of your baby’s developmental milestone is learning that their action will have an effect on their surroundings. Toys play a supportive role in your child’s understanding of the concept of cause and effect. This begins in infancy when they cry and you’ll come to cuddle them, feed them, or change them

While cause and effect happens all the time, there are ways that you can provide your kids with opportunities to discover more, or even to experiment. Their daily actions and play plays an invaluable role in encouraging and supporting your child’s development. 

And kids will have the desire to explore more when they understand the connection between cause and effect through toys and play. 

Benefits of cause and effect toys

  1. Language development

Understanding cause and effect is an important step in language development. This is where your baby knows that certain sounds or words will have an effect on you. They learn to use sounds, action or words to get something. If they cry, they know you’ll come and do something about the crying. 

  1. Hand-eye coordination/ Grasping skills

Introduce cause and effect toys to your babies that encourage more interactions to help develop their hand-eye coordination. Toys such as knobbed puzzles, building blocks, stacking toys, and portable toys are great toys to teach coordination of eyes, hands and arms.

  1. Sensory exploration

Cause and effect toys provide opportunities for babies to actively use and develop their senses. And all kinds of play and toys activates one or multiple senses.

  1. Curiosity  and creativity development

Have you seen your child push buttons of a musical toy over and over again? Once your baby notices that when they push something then it produces a sound, they’ll have to repeat it multiple times to fully grasp what just happened.

Cause and effect toys make your kids work through his or her imagination asking himself, “If I do this, what will happen?” Understanding cause and effect helps them be creative and imaginative.

  1. Sense of control

Your kids, at a very young age, are starting to predict the outcomes of their actions and the feeling of sense of control. When they don’t get how a certain toy works, they get frustrated and then they cry. However, cause and effect toys teach your child to try and try again.

For example, when your child can’t stack blocks properly or the tower keeps falling, he or she will understand that in order to make the tower, they need to balance the blocks. Your child will develop more self control and understanding that in order to finish a task, there’s trial and error and they need to be patient. 

 

Cause and effect toys

  1. Rolling toys

Ball tracker is one of the best examples of a cause and effect toy your baby will have fun playing with. 

This toy demonstrates the concept of cause and effect: when your baby drops the ball in the hole, it rolls down into the maze.

  1. Pop up toys

Your child manipulates the different switches or buttons to make objects or animals to pop up. It’s entertaining and will make your baby understand that for an action to occur (the animals to pop up), he or she needs to press the switch. 

  1. Sensory toys

Sensory toys require a sensory response. Kids usually react and respond to sensations like textures. They discover new things about their surroundings through their senses. Like when your baby squeezes a ball, the ball will change its form and size, when they eat lemon, their facial expressions will change. 

They respond to stimulus and learn that when they respond, there’s an effect. 

  1. Object permanence box

This toy teaches your baby cause and effect. When your baby puts a ball in the hole and it disappears momentarily and when he or she misses the ball and it ends up somewhere, your kid needs to retrieve it and do it again. 

  1. Stacking toys

Playing with stacking toys like Rainbow Discs in 4 Vertical Dowels, is also a fun way to teach your babies cause and effect. Your child will enjoy stacking the different colored discs again and again and learn to make adjustments on their grip 

  1. Sound/musical toys

Let your babies experiment with sounds while learning about cause and effect. Hitting a drum for example or playing with a xylophone, their simple action creates a sound or a musical outcome. 

  1. Gravity toys

Gravity toys teach kids to learn the concept of drop, push, or pull. If they drop the ball, it falls to the ground. If they pull a cart, it would go towards them and if they push it, it would go in the other direction. They learn cause and effect. 

 

Incorporating cause and effect toys to your child’s play can be both fun and beneficial. These toys are interactive and whenever your child does something, there’s a reaction.