Buying a good toy is not as simple as pulling something cool off the shelf and tossing it in your cart. Many decisions must be made, even for an individual purchase. Once you read the ideas and advice that come in the following paragraphs, you’ll be in good position to make these decisions.
Want a toy that really engages your child? Look to toys that really challenge the senses. There are all sorts of multi-sensory toys on the market that play with sound, movement, and even scents. They truly give your child a lot to engage with all in one toy. This can mean a lot less purchases for you!
When consider what toys to purchase for a small child, safety is very important. Avoid toys that are stuffed with small pellets or beans because these can present a choking hazard if they spill out of the toy. You should also avoid toys with parts that have a diameter of less than 1.75 inches.
If you are buying a toy for an infant or a child under three, be sure there are no small parts. When children are of a younger age, they tend to enjoy putting objects in their mouth. The problem is, they could choke if they swallow little toy parts. You can check the label of most toys; there is typically a warning label if small parts exist.
Think about whether your child falls in the suggested age range for a toy. Toys are made with certain age groups in mind. Let these ranges guide you. A toy that a kid isn’t old enough to enjoy right will be a problem. It’s also a problem if the child will grow out of the toy quickly. Avoid spending a lot of money on a toy that the child will outgrow before long.
Purchasing second hand toys is a great way to get nice toys at a discounted price. But, make sure you clean anything purchased in order to protect your children. You can’t be sure where the toys were and what kind of germs they may have that your child can get.
Puzzles are great in helping a child learn problem solving skills. A toddler can start off with a simple 5-piece puzzle. He starts to develop an eye in how things can fit together. As he improves his skill, give him a 10-piece puzzle. As he masters one level, challenge him with another.
Empty boxes can make great toys for kids. They can be arranged and used as fortresses, caves, house, etc. Give your child some markers or paint to decorate them and personalize them. Boxes are not only cheap but also safe since they are lightweight and soft. Just make sure there are no staples on it that can cause an injury.
When you go to buy a toy, you have to make a series of decisions. Is the toy for a boy, girl or both? What age is the intended child? What can he or she handle safely? What does he or she enjoy? Now that you have read this article, you should be able to handle each of these questions with ease and find the perfect toy, every time.