At nine years of age, children are transitioning from childhood to adolescence. This section of the website describes the milestones children may reach at this age and educational toys for 9 year olds which can act as key resources for nurturing such development. It is important to note that each child’s journey and development is unique, so milestones may differ and be reached at different stages.
Educational Toys For 9 Year Olds for Cognitive Development
Milestones: Children aged 9 tend to have increased attention spans and are able to focus on activities for longer periods of time, even though their interests are often changing. Allowing children to spend a sufficient amount of time on activities they enjoy is an excellent idea, as many modern forms of entertainment can be short and may not require extended periods of concentration. Numeracy and literacy skills improve at age 9 in areas such as geometry, multiplication and division, alongside increased competency in both reading and writing. Children may enjoy reading fictional and non-fictional stories, in addition to using books to research subjects. At 9 years of age, children can also use more complex vocabulary and grammar when communicating.
Resources: Educational toys for 9 year olds such as the GeoReflector Mirror or the Fractions of Quantities kit, may help to expand numeracy skills. Children may also enjoy making presentations using Geography, History and Culture books, which are excellent resources for children to research and develop their vocabulary. Alternatively, your child could dive into their creative side and stimulate their imagination with an incredible Book of Poetry. Children may also develop their communication skills using a variety of some of the best educational toys for 9 year olds, such as the Grammar and Punctuation Wipe-Clean Cards and ZooBooKoo Storyonics.
Educational Toys for 9 Year Olds for Social and Emotional Development
Milestones: As children develop, so does their ability to understand relationships and another person’s point of view. By 9 years of age, children have an increased comprehension of conflict and can deal with such situations with more independence. Due to their improved understanding of relationships, it is beneficial to begin discussing the morality of consequences to help your child to further develop their empathy. As their fears of childhood monsters are replaced, children at this age develop a greater awareness of real world dangers and may benefit from child-friendly explanations of events happening in the news. At 9 years old, children will seek out close friendships to avoid feeling lonely. We have an extensive selection of educational toys for 9 year olds that can act as great resources for developing all the above skills.
Resources: Board games are one example of educational toys for 9 year olds that may help to nurture cooperation skills and build resilience. Why not try one of the many Brainbox Board Games, perfect for enjoyment whilst developing knowledge about the real world. There are also some brilliant books about managing feelings, such as 50 Ways to Feel Happy and A Book of Feelings. To support friendships, Conversation Cubes can provide a fabulous game for your child to play and help initiate communication with peers.
Educational Toys for 9 Year Olds for Physical Development
Milestones: By the time children have reached 9 years old, they have developed better muscle control and are testing their physical boundaries. Coinciding with this, children at this age demonstrate persistence when pursuing a goal and enjoy completing tasks that are relevant in the real world. They often love to complete tasks that use their fine motor skills, such as painting, making jewellery and building models. Gross motor skills, such as throwing, jumping and catching can be performed more confidently at age 9, with improved coordination and expertise.
Resources: To further expand fine motor skills and provide real-life activities, children may enjoy using our educational toys for 9 years old such as a Junior Toolbox or instead you can encourage them to help you with chores at home, such as assisting with gardening. Allowing your children to get involved like this can encourage a sense of responsibility and boost confidence. Science experiment kits and construction kits are an excellent way for children to build models and challenge themselves, whilst also having fun. For those children who love to paint, books such as Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered are fantastic for enabling creativity to flourish. Gross motor skills can be further developed using educational toys appropriate for 9 year olds such as skipping ropes, a fun way for children to exercise and socialise with friends and family. Why not also explore the best educational toys for 10-year-olds as your child approaches their 10th birthday?