How to Choose Quality Toys for Your Child
Careful parents are trying to give their children all the best: food, toys, training. Today, shelves of stores are attracting customers with a great variety of goods, making it difficult for the parents to choose. How to select something that will really be useful for your kid? We will tell you about the factors mindful and reasonable parents are guided by when choosing toys.
The first thing you should pay attention to is whether the toy corresponds to the age of your child. If it turns out to be too simple, the kid will be bored with it, and if is too complicated, it your child will be annoyed and disappointed. In any case, the toy must be understandable for children. Here you can be guided by an age index, which is always on the packages. However, it should be remembered that the development of each individual child is also individual, and a toy or game, which is suitable for one three-year-old boy, may be too complex for another boy of the same age or even for the older one. Secondly, when buying a toy, you should ask yourself, if it will have a developmental effect for your child. The game should help the kid to consolidate the knowledge and skills acquired, as well as teach him/her something new. It should be understandable and open for playing, leave a lot to your child’s imagination and allow variations of the game combinations. An ideal educational toy for a child of any age is a common ball. If your son or daughter is still learning how to crawl, a constantly elusive object will be a wonderful incentive for them to catch up. If your kid is a toddler, the ball can help him/her to develop coordination of movements and overall motor skills. The ball can be kicked, come up with, held with your kid’s little hands, tossed up, caught, etc. And let’s bear in mind sports games playing with this object.
Sometimes, parents want to buy not an educational toy for their child, but the most common one to please him/her. In this case, you need to decide what kind of semantic load it carries. The characters of some contemporary aggressive-minded cartoons or ‘evil’-natured toys affect a young researcher’s state of mind negatively. In contrast, a good toy can cause a baby’s joy and positive emotions. A good mood is the key to the successful development of a kid. Moreover, the real-looking shapes of such a toy will create a correct idea of colours and sizes existing in nature. Therefore, violet elephants with wings or monsters are not quite suitable for a young child.
Attention to details
Another important issue that parents face when choosing a toy is their child’s interests and preferences. When kids arrive at the age of two, the propensity for certain things and games begins to develop in them. So, parents should choose a toy, which corresponds to their kid’s emerging tastes. However, do not forget that your kid needs a full development, which forms his physical, cognitive and creative abilities.
The best option is the traditional golden mean. They should as many toys that develop the child’s talents and abilities as possible in his/her collection. But along with them, there must be others, which allow developing alternative skills.
Modern stores offer a variety of toys, capable of variation games. If your child likes to collect action figures by putting them in special cells that correspond the figures contour and shape, then he/she familiarizes himself/herself with the world around and learns to think logically, while developing gross motor skills.
In addition to such an educational toy, you can buy toy bricks or children’s puzzles that will entice the child and can be used to create interesting picture. Also, such toys can be used as ‘construction material’: to build a house, a fortress or a fire station - whichever your and your child’s imagination allows. In this case, the development of spatial thinking and imagination comes into play.
Do Not Skimp on the Most Important Thing
The last, but most important, thing to remember when choosing a toy for a child is its safety. To prevent harm that may be done to the child, it is important to study several parameters. First, you need to carefully inspect the material, coating, and dye. All this should not be toxic and must have a pleasant surface structure. Second, the toy should not have small parts, sharp edges and breakable parts that the child can swallow. The size of a toy for the youngest children should be such that no kid could put the entire toy into his/her mouth. The toy should be hygienic, cleanable or washable, so as not to become a hotbed of bacteria. It should be strong, do not fall apart and do not break.
Sharp sounds can harm your child’s nervous system: he or she may be frightened by a buzzing phone or a terribly snarling robot. Therefore, give preference to toys with soft pleasant sounds. The color of the toy should not be flamboyant or offend the eye; no toy should emit an unpleasant smell. To completely make sure that the toy meets all quality standards, examine its certificate thoroughly. Do not buy too cheap things for your kid: those made in China and sold at low prices have unsavoury reputation because of dangerous substances containing in them. Remember that the purchase of toys must be approached consciously. Then your kid will have more joy and interest in learning the world around him/her.