Children love to play, run and have fun, it is all part of their growing up and their development, so it is up to us to help them and motivate them the best way possible. When it comes to choosing a toy for our children, there are a few questions that we need to answer: What do they like? Is it suitable for their age? Has it passed the required safety standards? We have all asked ourselves these questions when buying a toy but… what is the first thing I need to consider?
When the time comes to buying a toy, the first thing we need to decide is what type of present are we looking to give, are we looking for a toy that is just for fun or are we looking for something a little more educational, something that they can learn from as well as having a good time.
Once we have that question answered, the next step is to find that perfect toy we are looking for...
Which are the Best Toys for Babies?
Rattles and musical toys
These toys are ideal for children under the age of one. At this age, a child’s understanding and reasoning capacity are very limited, and so any kind of overly elaborated toy is probably unnecessary as all they will be able to do is move it around without understanding its purpose. Musical toys are usually a good idea, as at this age a babies hearing is one of their more advanced senses and they will be able to enjoy the songs or noises that are emitted from the toy.
Balls are always a good option for a gift. Children love to run and if that’s behind a ball then even better. There are many different types of balls to choose from that can adapt to each child’s needs and age. If they are still little, there are softballs that are good for throwing, which will help them to gain strength and if they make a noise as well then they will really love them. For older children, there are balls that are more specific to the different sports that they might like, such as tennis ball, basketballs, footballs etc.
These types of books are ideal for young children as they are fun and they are a great introduction to reading. There are many different types of flip books available for children that cover all different types of stories and even allow children to create their own.
Dolls and action figures
Everyone has had one at some point. Dolls and action figures are fantastic options for presents as they allow children to create their own stories by using their imagination. In the past, these toys were used to reinforce each other’s role depending on their gender, but these days, dolls and action figures are a lot more in touch with modern society without many of the stereotypes previously found. Who says that Actionman can’t cook and that Barbie can’t fix the car?
Baby Gyms and play mats
These toys are fun and a good way for babies to begin discovering their own abilities and to start training their movements and motor skills. These toys come equipped with different contraptions and sound so that small children can build up their muscles and strengthen their bones.
Construction toys are perfect for all ages. These toys will help children to develop their creativity and their imaginations. Toys like LEGO are not just fun, but they require children to imagine and construct new ideas. It is important to remember that the size of the pieces must be suitable for their age so that they will not swallow any of the pieces.
These are a few of the best toys available for children. These toys will help children to have fun whilst they continue their development by learning about new things. Before making your purchase, it is important to make sure that the toy you have chosen has passed the necessary safety regulations and that they do not contain any small pieces that the child might swallow or cause them any harm. Once that has been confirmed, then the next stage is making sure that the child has as much fun as possible with their new toy. If you continue to have any doubts about what toy to buy, then here are a few more ideas for children’s gifts .