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Fun toys or functional toys? ๐Ÿค”

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

If you had to choose between a fun, colourful, exciting, yet completely 'useless' toy and a skill enhancing, educational, yet 'dull' toy - which would you choose?


This is a hard choice! Fundamentally, do you want your child to have fun or to improve their developmental skills?


Functional toys and aesthetic toys are two types of toys that are designed to serve different purposes. Functional toys are designed to help children develop their gross and fine motor skills, improve their physical abilities, and address any developmental delays or disabilities. On the other hand, aesthetic toys are designed to be visually appealing, and are often used for decoration or display.


One key difference between functional toys and aesthetic toys is their focus. Functional toys are designed with a specific purpose in mind, such as improving hand-eye coordination or developing gross motor skills. They often have features that are specifically designed to support these goals, such as buttons, levers, and moving parts that children can manipulate.


Aesthetic toys, on the other hand, are primarily focused on their appearance. They are often brightly colored and intricately designed, and may include elements like glitter, sequins, or other decorative elements. Aesthetic toys may also be designed to represent characters from popular movies, TV shows, or books, and may be collectible items.


Another key difference between functional toys and aesthetic toys is their use. Functional toys are intended to be used by children, and are designed to be played with and manipulated. They are often interactive, and may include activities and games that children can engage with.


Aesthetic toys, on the other hand, are often not intended to be played with. They may be too delicate or fragile to withstand rough play, and may be more suitable for display or decoration. Aesthetic toys may be used as part of a child's bedroom decor, or may be collected and displayed on a shelf or in a glass case.


In summary, functional toys and aesthetic toys are two different types of toys that serve different purposes. Functional toys are designed to help children develop their gross and fine motor skills, improve their physical abilities, and address any developmental delays or disabilities. Aesthetic toys, on the other hand, are primarily focused on their appearance, and may be used for decoration or display rather than play.


We have found that there are not many toys available that focus on both of these important features... Particularly when it comes to physiotherapy practice. Our aim is to merge fun with physiotherapy... We cannot wait to show you what we have been working on!



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