In many ways, toys are an investment. They can be expensive and they can spark your child’s interest that may lead them to become better learners. But how do you find a toy that you child will enjoy playing and learn from? Just keep reading and you will learn how to do just that.
If you child is a biter, you need to make sure that the toys you buy for him do not have loose parts. Even if a toy is recommended for a child age three or older, if your older child is a biter, that toy is still not safe for him.
Be careful of toys that you buy from the dollar stores. Even though they are very cheap, the quality of materials is usually inferior. Sometimes the materials, especially plastics, may even contain toxic chemicals. Invest a little more on high quality toys so you can be sure that they are completely safe.
Think about where you plan to let your child play with the toy. Too often parents get sucked into the idea of a toy for their child, but don’t give thought to whether it’ll work in their yard or home. Too little space can mean broken furniture and accessories all around.
Be aware of how much space a toy will require. Don’t purchase anything that won’t fit in the child’s room. It can lead to a lot of frustration. Giant stuffed animals and toy cars a child can ride in might thrill a kid at first, but will likely be stored away somewhere and forgotten.
Consider what kind of play the toy you are buying will encourage. Do not just look at the features of the toy itself, think about the child you are buying it for. How are they most likely to interact with the toy? What sort of behavior will it be enforcing?
A good toy should be education and fun. For toddlers, look for toys that teach them the alphabet and numbers. You can find toys that will say each alphabet or number when the appropriate button is pressed. Toddlers are learning an having fun at the same time. Learning through play is the best education.
The best way of knowing which toy to buy for your child is by asking them. Even if you know your child inside and out, they may want to try out a new toy. Check with your child before you buy toys they won’t play with.
Ask other parents about the best educational toys around. You’ve got a built in focus group all around you! Talk to the parents at the local preschool or in the play yard. They’ll likely have a lot of great advice to give. You may even discover that some have additional toys sitting around that they may donate to you.
It’s true that toys can be an investment in your child’s future. Many toys are designed to help develop young minds and develop skills while also being hours of fun. So just remember the advice from above as you shop and you will find toys that will be well worth the investment in them.