How to choose toys for toddlers?

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How to choose toys for toddlers?

 

 

Toddlers are tiny explorers who learn via play. Play provides your kid with an excellent opportunity to learn and practice new abilities at her speed while pursuing her interests. Your children's access to toys and playthings can have a significant influence on their development.

 

While it may appear that selecting toys for toddlers should be simple, the only thing that is simple when you go into a toy store nowadays is feeling overwhelmed. There is a vast selection of toys designed specifically for the toddler market. How can you know which ones are best for your child? How can you tell which ones are of excellent quality and will last? Which of these will hold your child's attention for longer than a few days or weeks? Here are some suggestions for toys that will grow with your kid, challenge her, and promote her general development (thinking, physical, language, and social-emotional skills).

Choose toys that can be used in a variety of ways

Toddlers usually like taking apart, putting back together, pulling out, adding on, and building up. Choose toys that are "open-ended," meaning that your child may play a variety of games with them. Wooden blocks or chunky plastic interlocking blocks, for example, can be used to construct a road, a zoo, a bridge, or a spacecraft. 

 

Toys like these stimulate your child's creativity while also assisting him in developing problem-solving and logical thinking abilities. Blocks, interlocking blocks, nested blocks or cups, and sand and water toys are other examples.

Select toys that will grow with your child

We've all bought a toy that our child plays with for two days and then never touches again. You may avoid this by selecting toys that are enjoyable at various developmental stages. Small plastic animals, for example, are entertaining for a young toddler who may build a shoebox house for them, but an older toddler might use them to act out a tale she thinks up. 

 

Plastic toy animals and action figures, toddler-friendly dollhouses, railroads and dump trucks (and other vehicles), plush animals, and dolls are just a few examples.

Look for toys that will stimulate your child's creativity

During your child's third year, his creativity takes off since he can now play the part of someone else (such as a king) and pretend that something (such as a block) is truly something else (like a piece of cake). Look for toys that your youngster can use to create and act out stories. Pretend play helps children develop language and reading skills, problem-solving abilities, and the capacity to sequence (put events in a logical order).

 

Dress-up clothes, blocks, toy food and plastic plates, action figures, plush animals and dolls, trains and trucks, toddler-friendly dollhouses, toy equipment, and “real-life” accessories, such as a wrapping paper tube “fire hose” for your child firefighter, are all examples. The all-purpose huge cardboard box is always a favorite with kids and is completely free. Contact an appliance retailer to arrange for the pickup of one of their refrigerator boxes. Containers may be transformed into houses, pirate ships, farms, tunnels, or anything else your child's mind can conjure up!

Allow your toddlers to play with "actual" things or toys that seem like real things

Your child is growing better at figuring out how things in her environment, such as television remotes or light switches, operate. She also wants to play with your "real" items, such as your mobile phone, since she wants to be big and capable like you. Toys like this one teach youngsters problem-solving abilities, spatial connections (how objects go together), and fine motor skills (use of the small muscles in the hands and fingers).

 

Plastic plates and food, toy keys, toy phone, dress-up clothes, musical instruments, child-size brooms, mops, brushes, and dustpans are a few examples.

Toss in some “getting ready to read” toys

Books, magnetic alphabet letters, and art tools such as markers, crayons, and fingerpaints assist your kid in developing early writing and reading abilities. Real-life props, such as take-out menus, catalogs, or magazines, are enjoyable for your kid to look at and play with, and they also help your child get familiar with letters, text, and print.

Look for toys that encourage your toddlers to move about

Toddlers can do a variety of physical feats as they become stronger and more confident in their bodies. You have to be an enthusiastic audience for your child's latest playground accomplishment! Look for toys that will allow your child to practice present physical abilities while also developing new ones.

 

For instance: balls of various shapes and sizes, tricycles or three-wheeled scooters (with appropriate protective equipment), plastic bowling sets, child-size basketball hoop, pull-toys (e.g., toys that your child can pull on a string), wagon to fill and remove, gardening tools to dig and rake with, moving boxes (open at both ends) to make tunnels to crawl through

What are the benefits of sounds, lights, and music?

Many toddler toys have buttons, levers, lights, music, and other interactive features. Because the toy has so many purposes, it is frequently promoted as developmental. Unfortunately, for the child, this often has the opposite effect. The more functions a toy performs, the less work your youngster must perform. 

 

If your child can sit and watch the toy perform, it is probable that it is more amusing than educational. Furthermore, these toys might be perplexing to a kid learning cause-and-effect. If a toy begins to play music at random, or it is unclear which button caused the lights to flash, your kid does not know which of his actions (the cause) resulted in the sunshine and music (the effect). 

Conclusion

To summarize, the most beneficial toys need the most significant interaction from a young child. The more youngsters are required to utilize their thoughts and bodies to make something function, the more they learn.


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Jennifer Smith By, Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith has 10 years of experience as music teacher first in grade school and then in a conservatory. She studied Bachelor of Arts in Music, Conservatory of music in Chicago State University. In 2003, She graduated MA ion Musicology at The Julliard School in New York. She could use many devices as the string bass, guitar, woodwinds,…and she wants to give readers the best reviews.
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