Playtime for your child is a chance for them to develop and learn how to do things by themselves. The toys that are available to them during these play times greatly define the rate of development. With the wide variety of toys available in the market, some parents just buy the toy that the child wants without considering the impacts of the toys to the child’s early development. For any parent buying a toy for your child, the main question that should run in your mind should be, is this the right toy for my child?
After doing research, I have come up with some tips on how to choose the right toy for your child. These tips provide you as a parent, a general guideline when shopping for toys and are listed under the subheadings below;
Toys that engage your child’s brain
These are the toys that will encourage your child to try and work out things on their own. Such games help the child to explore its immediate environment as they play and grow. They also help your child be able to solve problems and these skills if nurtured can be really beneficial even as the child grows to adulthood.
Such toys include puzzles, blocks, and art materials
Toys that encourage your child to be active
Exercise is vital to your child’s growth. Children who play games that discourage them from just sitting down have been seen to have a faster growth rate. Such exercises greatly improve the child’s eating habits and also improve the child’s sleeping habits as they get tired and hungry after these physical games.
Toys that fall under this category include jumping ropes, balls and other toys that encourage your child to explore the outdoors.
Toys that incite creativity
Being creative in today’s world is a very important skill to have. This skill should be encouraged and nurtured as early as possible. Buying toys such as dress-up dolls, action figures, doll houses that can be re-decorated are just some of the toys that instill some sense of imagination to your child and help them to grow and become creative adults.
Those toys your child will not easily outgrow
Try to avoid toys that your child will, within a few days be bored with. Not only will this be a waste of your hard earned money but will also clutter the house. Your child should be able to enjoy the toy even after several years down the line.
Some of these toys include stuffed toys, blocks, some puzzles and stuffed animals.
Therefore, for any of you in the market for toys for your child, consider the above before purchasing them. And another thing to note is that; there are some toys that can perform two or more of the above functions such as puzzles and buy such will be both beneficial to you in that you will end up spending less and also encourage your child’s development.