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Choosing the best educational toys for your kid - Tips and Suggestions
By Andrew Loh
Is choosing and selecting the right type of educational toys a big
task and a difficult work? Are you planning to buy a set of toys
that work to improve, develop and enhance your child's overall
development? As a parent, you must realize the critical importance
of educational toys in the life of your child. Right type of toys
will not only provide hours of non-stop fun, but also help your
child develop a series of beneficial developmental characters and
traits. In fact, toys are your kid's best friends.
There isn't a kid in the world who does not like toys. Kid's and
grown up children's toys have been here for thousands of years. They
can range from very simple dolls to present day's mechanized and
automated whizz-kid type of toys that can cost hundreds of dollars.
Choosing the right type of toys could provide a big fillip to your
kid in developing his or her personality.
Here are some simple tips and practical suggestions for choosing the
right type of toys for your kid:
Let the toys be simple, be fun to play and safe for day-to-day use.
Most of the toys available in the market are real fun, but they are
not really safe for use. Some of the toys that you buy may contain
toxic and dangerous materials like pants, while a number of other
may have movable parts that are loose and sharp. In practice,
educational toys that you buy for your kid must be positive in
developing child's growth and development.
The main goal of choosing an educational toy is to provide hours of
fun time and relaxation. These toys should be simple enough for an
easy and straight forward use.
Educational toys can enhance a series of skills like cognitive
skills, motor skills, thinking and reasoning skills and mind-muscle
coordination. For a growing baby, all these traits and attributes
are mandatory and essential to ensure complete growth.
You may wish to choose educational toys based on the kid's age.
Children up to three or four years are keen learners and they
learning a range of skills for the first time in their life. These
kills could be developing coordination, analytical thinking and
It is better to buy toys based in the likes and dislikes of your
child. Each child has a special preference for a particular type of
toy. Girls may have special preference to certain type of toys while
boys will like to play with those toys are adventurous and creative
It is well proven fact that almost all children like to play with a
series of musical instruments from the traditional and age old
classic nursery rhymes to modern and classical music.
Most of the children also like to play with educational toys that
cajole them to draw, paint, and write some diagrams or figures or
even patterns. These toys can help your kid learn artistic and
As your kid enters preschool and kindergarten stages, his or her
teachers can help you with choosing toys that satisfy his or her
current developmental level and chronological and mental age.
In summary, you may wish to look for toys at or slightly above your
child's perceived skill level. It is very critical for him or her to
play with toys that he or she can successfully play and indulge,
with as well as those toys that pose challenges to him or her.
Challenge while playing should preferably be fun, thrill, cajoling
and stimulating; not frustrating or disappointing.
Here are some of the best known educational toys that you consider
for your child:
The visual and mental perception of infants and toddlers is quite
restricted or limited, so ensure that you are buying toys in bright,
vivid, attractive and contrasting colors.
Activity and play centers and crib based toys can mesmerize
newborns and toddlers. These toys can stimulate your kid's visual,
eye-mind coordination as well as provide an opportunity to develop
basic motor activities.
Babies and infants up to six months of age possess very limited
motor or cognitive skills and they always love high-pitched and
musical sounds. Chimes, light musical instruments, rattles, teething
sound making rings, colorful pictures and patterns and soft moving
blocks can help your kid develop a series of beneficial traits.
For babies and toddlers between six to nine months of age, you
can think of buying colorful building blocks, multi-activity boxes
and basic cubes, colored stacking rings and bathing toys. Slow
introduce highly textured toys to provide variety.
Between the age of nine months and a year, your kid is old and
agile enough to play, enjoy, understand, imbibe and learn from
different toys like nesting cups, stacking cones, push and pull
toys, large crayons, drawing boards, musical instruments, buckets,
garden instruments, spades, and stacking blocks.
You may need to buy highly fancy and expensive toys for your kid.
Just ensure that you are buying something that is easy to play,
helpful, beneficial, meaningful and right enough to keep engaged in
developing a series of developmental milestones.