Choosing The Best Toys for Kids

Play time is a very important activity for children. We may think of children playing as something simple, innocent, and meaningless, but in reality play is a sort of training your child undergoes that is preparing them for the adult world. For most animals, all they need to play with is themselves and maybe some siblings. This is because the most complicated training a cat needs is running, climbing, hiding, and fighting. But humans are tool users. Every single day we use countless tools to make our lives easier, and we could not live without them. Imagine life without a cooker, pots and pans, a computer, a home with doors that lock, shoes, clocks, chairs… We need our tools to survive and thrive. But, unlike animals, we aren’t born knowing how to handle these things. This is where toys come in.

We still develop the same way animals do: moving through a series of learning steps and adapting to what is around us. But we need practice using tools as well. Some tools are complicated; others can be dangerous. We can’t just give an infant a padlock and a knife and let them learn. We need to adapt the tools to our children, make them simple for tiny hands, make them safe, and break them down into a step-by-step process which lets them learn so that when they get a real tool, they know how to use it. This means that for different stages in a child’s development we need different toys, based on what motor skills they are developing, how their brain is evolving, and what they need to know, at that age, to be safe and happy.

We have grouped the toys according to baby’s age and development.

 

Disclaimer

Please bear in mind that although all children go through all stages, no age range has a prescription for play.

Your three-year-old may be developing fast and already need more complex make believe, and adjustments to show them about nuance, meaning, and social roles.

Or your six-year-old may not yet be ready for engaging with actual tools and practicing adult tasks seriously. Every child develops at a different pace.

One child could always be ahead, another could always be behind, and many are ahead in some ways and behind in others. And these developmental stages, at that age, have little to no bearing on what sort of an adult they will be.

Very smart children are perfectly capable of having delays, and being ahead or behind at one age does not mean they will stay ahead or behind.

For this reason, you must always adapt your child’s toys to their stage of development, not their age. It can be useful to keep 2-3 year toys ready, but don’t force them on a child who is not ready for them yet.

Also bear in mind that children’s interest varies from kid to kid, week to week, and even day to day.

Something your kid adored last week may no longer be very interesting this week. Or something which is considered a more childish game may still appeal to them well into their teens, or adulthood.

These guidelines aren’t going to tell you what to get your child and when to get it, or get rid of it, they’re just going to tell you what your child is physically and mentally prepared for. Many of the best toys you can buy will have a life span of three to five years, as your child will grow and continue using them, only differently.

Conversely, your child may no longer play with these toys at all, but may develop an attachment to a select few.

This is a healthy part of growing up and becoming independent, and should be allowed so long as it doesn’t interfere with their social and emotional growth.

 

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