Toys The Tools of Learning Toys…the Tools of Learning 1. Safety 2. Manipulative 3. Multi-sensory 4. Responsive 5. Reassuring Play is WORK as well as PLEASURE Playtime is not WASTED TIME. It is ESSENTIAL to intellectual development. TOYS are the tools with which a child learns. Play is a physical necessity through which GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT take place. When babies shake rattles, stack blocks, throw a ball, or chew on a magazine---these are tasks through which babies: 1)STRENGTHEN MUSCLES 2) REFINE MOTOR SKILLS, AND 3) LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD!