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It is overpowering for any parent -- what toys to get your children.
To start, toys could be costly. Then there's the issue of what kids say they need vs. what parents feel the children should have.
However, the major issue: How can parents choose toys that not only are enjoyable, but also help a kid learn?
To help, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new report titled"Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era."


The report says:"Play is essential to optimal child growth since it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. It also offers an ideal and significant chance for parents and other caregivers to engage fully with children using toys as an instrument of play and interaction. The evolution of social perceptions of toys from children's playthings to crucial facilitators of early brain and child development has challenged caregivers in deciding which toys are appropriate for their kids."
The report offers advice for parents and caregivers: 10 tips on How to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era
Realize that one of the most significant functions of drama toys during youth, and particularly in infancy, is not educational at all but rather to ease warm, encouraging interactions and relationships.
Scientific studies supporting a developmental role for toys primarily come from research of activities where children play with caregivers instead of alone. The most educational toy is one which fosters interactions between professionals and children in supportive, play.
Provide children with safe, affordable toys that are developmentally appropriate. Include toys which promote learning and growth in all areas of development. Choose toys that are not overstimulating and encourage children to use their imaginations.
Create a thoughtful choice of toys and remember a good toy does not need to be trendy or expensive. Indeed, sometimes the easiest toys could be the best, because they provide opportunities for children to use their creativity to produce the toy usage, not the other way around. Choose toys that can grow with the child, foster interactions with caregivers, encourage exploration and problem-solving, and provoke the child's creativity.
Use children's novels to build ideas for faking together while playing with toys; use of the library ought to be routine for all parents regardless of socioeconomic status. An inventory of neighborhood library locations to the office ought to be considered.
Keep in more… that toys are not a substitute for warm, loving, dependable relationships. Use toys to enhance interactions between the caregiver and child instead of to guide children's play.
Seek the pediatric health care provider's information in distinguishing between safe and unsafe toys (see Resources).
Be aware of the possibility of toys to market race- or gender-based stereotypes.


Restrict video game and computer game use. Overall screen time, such as television and computer usage, should be less than 1 hour per day for children 2 years or older and avoided in children 18 to 24 months old. Kids younger than 5 years must play computer or video games just if they are developmentally appropriate, and they need to be accompanied by the parent or caregiver. The use of media together with health care interaction is essential to minimizing adverse media effects on the young mind.
Look for toys which encourage the kid to be both mentally and physically active.