Every parent loves to pamper their children, and of course what can be a better way to do it than with some brand new toys? But to get the best use and wear out of the toys, you should pay close attention to what items you are going to buy.
Some toys, as you probably know, work great with toddlers, but they don’t work for preschoolers and so on. So if you really want to get the best toys for your child, here are a few tips which toys suits different age children best.
If your friends, or you have a new baby, you shouldn’t start purchasing Lego and older toys for them as obviously these aren’t age appreciate.
Many professional educators agree that the best toys for this age are toys that the baby can reach, be fascinated with and can grab/bat with their hands and feet too. Babies also tend to lift their heads, look around and seek out stimulating toys. You obviously need to be careful as babies will put everything into their mouths, so small balls, bells and loose items are a huge NO NO.
You may not realise just how valuable and useful basic toys such as rattles or mobiles are for young children. These don’t only entertain but start to teach the basic skills which will be developed upon throughout their lives.
Rattles, play gyms, taggy blanket and cot mobiles are perfect for this age.
Once your baby is a little bit bigger and now can start to walk and talk, you can start looking for toys that will help kids learn about the world.
Toys which help to develop their fine and gross motor skills are perfect for this age group – soft or wooden blocks are great for teaching them to not only grip and grasp objects but to help with hand/eye coordination, stacking and early matching and problem solving.
Large balls, push and pull toys, and low & soft things to crawl over will help a child’s muscles to develop. Toys such as baby dolls, puppets or wooden or plastic bowls are also great because they simulate real life and children learn so much through roll play.
Because toddlers are active, can now run and talk and start learning new things quickly, the best way to encourage a little person’s development is to gift toys that also helping them to create new things, learn and simulate environment around.
Fake phones, dishes, also simple board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects, recordings with songs, rhymes, simple stories, and pictures are perfect for this age group.
Toys like puzzles, large pegboards, toys with parts that do things (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and small balls are also great, because it helps children to use their large and small muscles and improves on not only their fine and motor skills but their cognitive development too.
Preschoolers and older
Finally, children that are older and are almost ready for school can benefit from toys that will improve their knowledge, information absorbing skills and motor skills development skills too.
Definitely don’t be afraid to give a nice puzzle to solve, it benefits the children and also parents will quite enjoy a few minutes where their child is still and possibly quiet, believe me, this is rather rare at this age!
Various dolls and stuffed animals are way popular with this age group as well. Children of this age do enjoy something to build stuff with, so Lego or Duplo blocks are suitable too.
You may find that electronics also start being introduced around this age too. Just monitor what they are doing and what they are playing. Install some special educational programs and let your children enjoy themselves and learn a lot of new stuff, in the knowledge that you have those parental controls firmly in place.
If you are looking for a memorable or a keepsake gift you may like to consider something such as a Build-a-Bear – children love the whole experience of going in-store to choose their bear, adding a heart with a wish and a kiss and then choosing an outfit.