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In addition to being secure (see Safety and children's toys under ), good toys for young kids will need to match their stages of growth and emerging abilities. Many safe and proper play materials are free things typically found at home. As you read the following lists of toys that are suggested for kids of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at a single rate. Items on one list--as long as they are secure --can be great options for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.<br />Toys for young babies --birth through 6 months<br />Babies like to look at people--after them using their eyes. Normally, they prefer faces and bright colours. Infants can achieve, be curious about what their hands and feet can do, lift their heads, and turn their heads toward appearances, place items in their mouths, and much more!<br />Good toys for young babies:<br />Items they can reach , maintain, suck , shake, make sound with--rattles, big earrings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and vinyl and board books<br />Things to hear --novels with nursery rhymes and poems, and records of lullabies and easy songs<br />Items to look at--images of faces hung so baby can view them and unbreakable mirrors<br />Toys for older babies --7 to 12 months<br />Older infants are movers--typically they go from rolling over and sittingto scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling up themselves, and standing.<br />Good toys for older babies:<br />Items to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, vinyl and timber vehicles with wheels, and water toys<br />Things to drop and take out--plastic bowls, big beads, balls, and nesting toys<br />Items to construct with--big soft blocks and wooden cubes<br /><br /><br />Things to utilize their large muscles with--big balls, push and pull toys, and low, soft things to crawl over<br />One-year-olds are all on the move! Typically they can walk and even climb stairs. They like stories, say their first words, and can play alongside other children (but not yet with!) . They like to experiment--but need adults to keep them secure.<br />Good toys such as 1-year-olds:<br />Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects<br />Items to create --wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large newspaper<br />Things to pretend with--toy phones, antiques and antiques beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, bags ), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic animals, and plastic and wood&quot;realistic&quot; vehicles<br />Things to build with--cardboard and wood cubes (could be smaller than those used by babies --2 to 4 inches)<br />Items for utilizing their big and small muscles--puzzles, large pegboards, toys with components that do items (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and Tiny chunks<br />Toys for 2-year-olds (toddlers)<br /><br />Toddlers are rapidly learning language and have some feeling of risk. Yet [https://www.theverge.com/users/oliver9naumo https://www.theverge.com/users/oliver9naumo] do a great deal of bodily&quot;testing&quot;: leaping from heights, climbing, hanging by their arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. They have great control of their hands and palms and like to do things with small objects.<br />Great toys for 2-year-olds:<br />Things for solving problems--wood puzzles (with 4 to 12 bits ), blocks that snap together, objects to sort (in size, form, colour, smell), and items with hooks,<br />Buttons, buckles, and pops<br />Things for pretending and building--cubes, smaller (and sturdy) transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, chairs, play food), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, along with sand and water play toys<br />Things to make with--large non, washable crayons and markers, big paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for painting and drawing, colored construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large jolt, and rhythm instruments<br />Picture books with more details than books for younger children<br />CD and DVD players with a variety of music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders operate too!)<br />Items for using their big and small muscles--large and Smallish balls for kicking and throwing, ride-on equipment (but likely not tricycles until kids are ), tunnels, non climbers with soft material underneath, and beating and beating toys<br />Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than toddlers. Typically they talk a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and using their still-emerging physical skills. They like to play with friends--and don't want to lose! They can take turnsand sharing a single toy by two or more children is often potential for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.<br />Things for solving problems--puzzles (with 12 to 20+ bits ), blocks that snap together, collections and other smaller items to form by length, width, height, shape, color, odor, amount, and other attributes --collections of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and lids, shells, keys, counting bears, little colored cubes<br />Items for faking and construction --lots of blocks for building complex structures, transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (&quot;flat&quot; sets, play meals ), dress-up clothes, dolls with accessories, puppets and simple puppet theatres, and sand and water play toys<br />Things to make with--big and small crayons and markers, large and Tiny paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large and small paper for painting and drawing, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, glue, paper and fabric scraps for collage, and tools --rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines<br />Picture books with even more words and more detailed images than toddler books<br />CD and DVD players with a variety of music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders work also!)<br />Items for using their large and small muscles--big and small balls for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment such as tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft material underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, targets and things to throw at them, and a workbench with a vise, hammer, nails, and watched<br />If a child has access to a computer: programs that are interactive (the child can perform something) and that children can understand (the Program uses graphics and spoken instruction, not just print), children can control the program's pace and path, and children have opportunities to explore a variety of concepts on many levels<br />Safety and children's toys<br />Safe toys for young kids are well-made (with no sharp parts or splinters and do not pinch); painted with nontoxic, lead-free paint; shatter-proof; and readily washed. Make sure you check the tag, which should indicate that the toy was approved by the Underwriters Laboratories. Additionally, when choosing toys for children under age 3, make certain that there are no small components or pieces that could be lodged in a child's throat and cause suffocation.<br />It is very important to not forget that regular wear and tear may lead to a once safe toy getting poisonous. Adults must check toys regularly to make sure they are in good repair. For a list of toys that were recalled by manufacturers, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission site.<br /><br />
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As the trend to label toys as&quot;educational&quot; continues to rise, parents might wonder whether the hype associated with these kinds of toys is true and if they're worth the money. Here are five tips from toy and education specialists on which to consider when picking an educational toy to your child:<br />Remember low-tech<br /><br /><br /><br />The tie between schooling and toys has ever existed with the ongoing wave of high-technology educational toys, many of the toys teachers and parents used to associate with learning might no longer be recognized for their instructional value. &quot;The best toys are easy and open-ended,&quot; states Ellen Wild, chairperson of the Early Childhood Program in Dutchess Community College.<br />Wild suggests giving kids crayons, markers and plain paper, along with ribbons and envelopes to promote considering writing. She points into blocks, Legos, and manipulatives (think: stacking toys, shape sorters) to help develop modest muscles in the hands and fingers in anticipation of composing and also to help with perceptual motor abilities. Wild states that she does see kids that were entertained too solely by electronics and toys with&quot;bells and whistles&quot;. &quot;A lot of these children haven't heard persistence, an ability to focus without being amused,&quot; says Wild,&quot;(They) haven't enjoyed being creative on their own and are not excited by books and learning.&quot;<br />READ MORE: The debate on educational toys<br />Individualize your approach<br />&quot;Toys are tools in creating the learning environment,&quot; says Natasha Kravchenko, representative of Educational Toys Planet, an internet retailer since 2002. Kravchenko states it is very important to pick the ideal toy for your child's particular age, interest or stage. And not to buy exactly what [http://wiki.soippo.edu.ua/index.php?title=Strategies-to-Choosing-Toys-for-Toddlers-e http://wiki.soippo.edu.ua/index.php?title=Strategies-to-Choosing-Toys-for-Toddlers-e] want or what you wanted as a kid except to buy the toy that is suitable for your child's personality. She suggests considering which toys can make your child want to find something new, improve their skills, and encourage independent learning. &quot;You can assess consumer's reviews and producer's era guidelines, but your choice should largely depend on your kid,&quot; says Kravchenko,&quot;not other people's opinion about the toy&quot;<br />Visit the land of make believe<br />&quot;The best toys are ones that boost imagination and pretend play,&quot; says Nancy Werner, Kindergarten teacher at Traver Road School at Pleasant Valley. &quot;These toys also develop with the child and they are able to use them for many purposes.&quot;<br />Werner, with a four-year older, indicates dress up clothes, play food and dolls to nurture creativity, creation of language and stories which lead to reading comprehension and writing skills. She also urges creative games which be played adults or other kids, like Candy Land, for growing counting, collaboration, turn taking and problem solving.<br />READ MORE: Toys to encourage learning<br />Be realistic<br /><br />Parents should be careful about the promises made by instructional toy commercials. &quot;Children can only grow at the pace they're capable.&quot;<br />Taylor claims that attempting to accelerate a child's growth can actually slow down it since children are forced to do things for which they are not developmentally ready. The outcome is that children are prevented from doing what they ought to be doing in their stage of development.<br />Be your child's first educational &quot;toy&quot;<br /><br />&quot;It is more important to have conversations with children and ask them questions to help them explain and think than to spend hundreds of dollars on a toy or video that will be just a 1 way'dialog',&quot; says Werner.<br />Werner and Wild either point to books, either bought or borrowed, as being one of the best educational assets your youngster can own. And one of the best tools parents can use to educate their kids. &quot;Among the very best educational'toys' to get a kid is the adult who spends time talking, studying, and enjoying the marvels of earth with (them),&quot; says Wild.<br /><br />

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As the trend to label toys as"educational" continues to rise, parents might wonder whether the hype associated with these kinds of toys is true and if they're worth the money. Here are five tips from toy and education specialists on which to consider when picking an educational toy to your child:
Remember low-tech



The tie between schooling and toys has ever existed with the ongoing wave of high-technology educational toys, many of the toys teachers and parents used to associate with learning might no longer be recognized for their instructional value. "The best toys are easy and open-ended," states Ellen Wild, chairperson of the Early Childhood Program in Dutchess Community College.
Wild suggests giving kids crayons, markers and plain paper, along with ribbons and envelopes to promote considering writing. She points into blocks, Legos, and manipulatives (think: stacking toys, shape sorters) to help develop modest muscles in the hands and fingers in anticipation of composing and also to help with perceptual motor abilities. Wild states that she does see kids that were entertained too solely by electronics and toys with"bells and whistles". "A lot of these children haven't heard persistence, an ability to focus without being amused," says Wild,"(They) haven't enjoyed being creative on their own and are not excited by books and learning."
READ MORE: The debate on educational toys
Individualize your approach
"Toys are tools in creating the learning environment," says Natasha Kravchenko, representative of Educational Toys Planet, an internet retailer since 2002. Kravchenko states it is very important to pick the ideal toy for your child's particular age, interest or stage. And not to buy exactly what http://wiki.soippo.edu.ua/index.php?title=Strategies-to-Choosing-Toys-for-Toddlers-e want or what you wanted as a kid except to buy the toy that is suitable for your child's personality. She suggests considering which toys can make your child want to find something new, improve their skills, and encourage independent learning. "You can assess consumer's reviews and producer's era guidelines, but your choice should largely depend on your kid," says Kravchenko,"not other people's opinion about the toy"
Visit the land of make believe
"The best toys are ones that boost imagination and pretend play," says Nancy Werner, Kindergarten teacher at Traver Road School at Pleasant Valley. "These toys also develop with the child and they are able to use them for many purposes."
Werner, with a four-year older, indicates dress up clothes, play food and dolls to nurture creativity, creation of language and stories which lead to reading comprehension and writing skills. She also urges creative games which be played adults or other kids, like Candy Land, for growing counting, collaboration, turn taking and problem solving.
READ MORE: Toys to encourage learning
Be realistic

Parents should be careful about the promises made by instructional toy commercials. "Children can only grow at the pace they're capable."
Taylor claims that attempting to accelerate a child's growth can actually slow down it since children are forced to do things for which they are not developmentally ready. The outcome is that children are prevented from doing what they ought to be doing in their stage of development.
Be your child's first educational "toy"

"It is more important to have conversations with children and ask them questions to help them explain and think than to spend hundreds of dollars on a toy or video that will be just a 1 way'dialog'," says Werner.
Werner and Wild either point to books, either bought or borrowed, as being one of the best educational assets your youngster can own. And one of the best tools parents can use to educate their kids. "Among the very best educational'toys' to get a kid is the adult who spends time talking, studying, and enjoying the marvels of earth with (them)," says Wild.