“Play” is an essential part of your child’s development and there is no shortage of toys in the market! So parents have to be wise in choosing your children’s toys. Read on and wise up with our comprehensive tips below :
Safety comes first when choosing toys. Read warning labels on toy packaging and show your child how to correctly use the toy. Toys and their parts should be larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking. Ensure toys are labelled as “nontoxic”.
Toys with different textures, bright colours and creates noise stimulates your child’s sense of sight, touch and hearing. Building blocks encourage logical thinking and problem solving skills as well as fostering creativity. Toys that promote physical, cognitive and emotional development are also a good pick for your growing child.
Many toys have a suggested age range written on their packaging for the safety and developmental appropriateness for a child – toys should be challenging but not frustrating. If a toy is beyond your child’s abilities or too simplistic he/she will quickly lose interest.
Parents and teachers should define their values when it comes to violent toys and share it with their children. Toys with weapons encourage children to imitate violent behaviour. Instead choose toys that provide cooperative play such as board games which encourage behaviours like taking turns.