It was a dream come true for my daughter, but a living nightmare for me when I promised to take her to the toy shop. I’m not referring to her table manners. It was humiliating for me, not for anybody else.
The kid was astonishingly well-behaved for his age. Within seconds of walking inside the business, she rushed to the center’s toys, where they were spread out on a brightly coloured carpet, and she was lost in her play. As for me, I just stared in awe at the images that were shown to me. contrary to common assumption, toy buying is nothing short of rocket science for one’s kid. Even though the objective was clear: to purchase one item for her, it was difficult to carry it out.
The question is, should I purchase my child the toy i-Pad which promises to transform him/her into a genius or should I buy the toy piano which promises to fine-tune his/her talents like Mozart? Or should I get those award-winning coloured building blocks?
In order to save future moms (and society) from this shopping risk, I eventually decided to do some study on selecting the suitable toys after enduring a great deal of mental agony and ignoring the rolling eyes of the cashier. Following is a quick checklist to help you select the best toys for your child:
Toys your youngster can use as they become older:
We’ve all seen it happen: our youngster plays with a toy for two days, and then promptly forgets about it completely. Decide on toys that may be enjoyed by children at various developmental levels, such as plush toys that resemble real animals like dinosaur egg toy and dolls that drive real automobiles. Young children may create a zoo, but older children can utilise it to perform their own puppet performance.
Toys that may be used in a variety of ways:
Open-ended toys are those that may be utilised in a variety of ways, stimulating the creativity and logical reasoning in children. Building blocks or Duplo blocks, for example, may be used to construct anything: a skyscraper, a spacecraft, an oven, etc. To stimulate muscular control and hand-eye coordination in toddlers, use interlinking cups, connecting tubes, and water and sand playthings. Everyday objects like shoe boxes, plastic tubs, nails, pegs, pots, spoons, and scarves may be transformed into amazing open-ended games. To be on the safe side, keep tiny and pointy things out of reach of your youngster.
Toys for pretend play:
The use of pretend play in a child’s development aids their language, sequencing, and social abilities (pretend play is often done in a group involving other children). They like playing characters and developing their own theories about the universe. Costumes, kitchen sets, doctor sets, tool sets, toy food, accessory sets, and musical instruments are all examples of this kind of item.
Toys that teach children to solve problems:
One of the best ways to learn is to play with a toy. Almost everything a youngster is interested in will serve as a teaching tool. If you want your kid to become a persistent problem solver, look for toys that promote their inventiveness as well. Shape sorters, nested cups, and eggs, as well as building kits and play-dough, crayons, and paint, all aid in the development of fine motor and logical abilities in children.