Playtime plays an important role in child’s development. Playtime boosts their imagination ,creativity while having fun.Children spend most of the time in playing and if toys used for playtime are chosen carefully ,it can make great impact on child’s learning.Its not necessary to buy always expensive toys ,but simple and solid toys can also used for playtime.Toys and interest depends on the child’s age and therefore selecting toys appropriate to age and interest of child is very important.Following are some tips while buying toys for children.If you have many toys in good condition it can be shared with other children /Using pre-loved toys and thus saving costs on buying new toys every time.
1. Durability of toys
Delicate toys can be broken easily and young kids can put broken parts of toys in mouth,So durable toys are more good .Also avoid toys with sharp edges or that have toxic paints because toddlers have a tendency to put everything into their mouths. A toddler’s concept of play usually involves bashing the toy about a few times and maybe even hurling it across the room for good measure.Balls, teddy’s ,pulling toys.
2. Toys that can be used in a variety of ways and purpose
Balls,Blocks, interlocking blocks, nesting blocks or cups, and toys for sand and water play .A ball is a toddler’s delight. they can kick it, throw it, bounce it, roll it and crawl after it. It is portable and she will be delighted if she can carry a large one.
3. Toys that don’t get redundant with age
Instead of buying toys only for particular age , its better to invest in things that can be played with at later stages too. As kids get bored with toys in a few days time, so why not store them up and get them out after some period so that it can be used and played with again. Trains,doll house,Dolls , plastic figures or toy animals,vehicles,stuff toys,Cars.
4. Toys that encourage exploration and imagination
Puzzles,shape sorter blocks. kids need a chance to figure something out on their own—or with a little coaching—build their logical thinking skills and help them become persistent problem-solvers. They also help children develop spatial relations skills (understanding how things fit together), hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills (using the small muscles in the hands and fingers). While buying puzzles for toddlers ,look for those that have small knobs or handles attached to the puzzle pieces.
5. Household things
Kids like change and buying toys every now and then is not possible because of budget.But don’t worry Things available in the house can also be used as a toy.Let’s see hows that possible.Use things like cups,spoons,bowls ,plates (Plastic or stainless steel),Towels ,Pillows and paper as a toy for playing.Real things help them to get in touch with real world. Kids are eager to grow up and be capable like elders so they will enjoy cooking ,cleaning like mommy , reading newspaper like daddy using these real life things in their pretend plays.
6. Toys that help your child’s imagination
Variety of toys are available in the market and parents have to chose them wisely according to child’s age and interests.Select toy which needs Building ,Constructing ,Organising activities.Like Dress-up clothing,Building blocks, Kitchen set-ups, Play dough . These toys help child to imagine .While making toys or setting these toys , pretend play help kids to try and learn new things. Which improves their learning ability.