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4 steps for best toy selection for your child when shopping

10th Jun 2014  [29 views]

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A visit to the toy store is not an easy one. With thousands of attractive looking toys on display, the decision can be confusing (and expensive). We often wonder how long will the child play with it, what will he/she learn. Well these may not be the right questions to ask. Some good pointers for toy selection could be:

Is it age appropriate?

Toys like mirrors, mobiles rattles are best suited for new born babies – that’s easy-peasy. A one year old would enjoy push & pull toys, riding, sorting and the like. Give a one year old art & craft, building systems, dress up, pretend play, puzzles and he/she will get frustrated as they require greater developmental skills. The best way to decide is to really stick to the information on the box. Sometimes you may find that your child is a very fast learner and you may want to pick up more advanced stuff or the other way round. Be alert to these small things.

Is it stimulating?

Some parents are fixated with educational toys. You need to realize that toys can be played for fun only too! On the other hand, some parents only buy fun stuff. Brain boosting toys are critical too. Strike a balance. Buy toys that will stimulate physical and mental skills again age-wise. Sensory development and hand-eye co-ordination is good for toddlers. Cause & effect, numbers, patterns, climbing, balance for older kids and so on. Involve them in household chores regularly also like baby care, cleaning, cooking (non-gas).

Is it safe?

Always buy non-toxic toys as they will go into your kids mouth at some point no matter what. Clean/wash them regularly. Throw broken/damaged toys immediately. Steer clear of loud toys (they damage the ears), sharp pointy toys (they can injure). Battery case must be secured properly under all circumstances. Throw away leaked batteries immediately. Toys with long cords and strings are avoidable (strangulation risk).

Do you approve of it philosophically?

Most of us don’t want to give kids weapons to play with like guns, lasers etc. Typically girly toys also send out wrong messages on beauty, appearance, make up etc. If you are not ok with it, it’s normal. But remember, your kids will get to play with these at friend’s houses so you cannot shield them completely. It’s best to explain to your child what you don’t like about these toys so that they don’t get confused

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