In the market, the supply of toys is so large and varied that it is very difficult to decide on the most suitable or the best. Choosing well within this wide range is not always easy, because it is not only about knowing which is the best toy, but also which is the most appropriate for the child who is going to use it.
Here are some tips and suggestions so that parents can guide themselves when choosing and buying toys for children. The best of toys is not always suitable for all children. Therefore, you have to be attentive not only to the child’s age but also to their tastes and needs.
Here are some suggestions that will help decide on which toy to get according to your child’s age.
She needs toys to help her discover her body and distinguish different textures, shapes, and colours. Rattles, crib mobiles, rubber dolls, teethers, activity rugs, etc.
Baby begins to explore objects and recognize voices. Balls, rag dolls, sound toys, seesaws and walkers.
Children at this age already know how to walk and recognize the properties of objects. Nesting and stacking cubes wheeled bikes and strollers.
The child speaks and understands, begins to discover her environment. Cars, bicycles, blackboards, paintings, musical instruments, dolls and animals.
They begin to be curious about names and imitate familiar scenes. Tricycles, shovels, cubes, puzzles, paints, telephones, and dolls.
The child begins to ask questions, learn songs and play with her friends. Bicycles, blackboards, tape recorders, stories, puppets and articulated dolls.
The child knows how to add and subtract, read and write. Skateboards, remote control cars, manual games, quizzes, and experiments.
They are interested in complicated activities. Sports accessories, strategy and reflection games, audiovisual, electronic and experiments.
MORE THAN 12 YEARS
Little by little the desire to play disappears and they build their own identity. Books, music and video games.
No matter the age, these are the general rule of thumb when getting toys.
- The toy must be desired by the child.
- Make it safe. It should be made of materials that will not splinter. The colours must be solid and non-toxic. The smaller the child, the bigger the toys should be.
- Take into account their personality: a withdrawn child will need socializing games (several players); a hyperactive child will find adequate attention games, artistic games, etc …
- Keep it simple. This would increase the range of uses that can be made of him, developing his fantasy and his symbolic capacity.
- Not buying them to satisfy a momentary whim of the child.
- Generally, they should not be used to reward or punish a child.
- We must bear in mind that excess toys kills fantasy and produces boredom. Children need to ask first.
- The best toy is not necessarily the most expensive.
Finally, homemade toys can offer more pleasures to children than those acquired, earned, or bought. It will be because while they make or build them, the children have fun. And not only that, children will acquire skills and abilities, they will strengthen their imagination and fantasy, and they will increase their creativity.