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As the trend to label toys because&quot;educational&quot; continues to grow, parents may wonder if the hype associated with these types of toys is true and if they're worth the money. Below are five tips from education and toy specialists on what to consider when selecting an educational toy to your child:<br />Remember low-tech<br /><br />The tie between schooling and toys has always existed with the continuing wave of high-technology educational toys, lots of the toys parents and teachers used to associate learning might no longer be known because of their educational value. &quot;The best toys are easy and open-ended,&quot; says Ellen Wild, chairperson of the Early Childhood Program at Dutchess Community College.<br /><br /><br /> [https://digi.usac.edu.gt/ojsrevistas/index.php/cytes/comment/view/694/0/12794 mr immortal toy] proposes giving kids crayons, markers and plain paper, together with envelopes and stickers to promote considering writing. She also points into blocks, Legos, and manipulatives (think: stacking toys, shape sorters) to help develop modest muscles in the palms and fingers in anticipation of composing and to help with perceptual motor abilities. Wild says she does see kids that have been entertained too exclusively by electronics and toys with&quot;bells and whistles&quot;. &quot;A lot of these children have not heard persistence, an ability to concentrate without being entertained,&quot; says Wild,&quot;(They) have not enjoyed being creative in their own and aren't excited by books and learning.&quot;<br />READ MORE: The debate on educational toys<br />Individualize your approach<br />&quot;Toys are tools in creating the learning environment,&quot; says Natasha Kravchenko, representative of Educational Toys Planet, an online merchant since 2002. Kravchenko states it is important to pick the right toy for the child's age, attention or period. And not to buy exactly what you would like or exactly what you wanted as a kid but to buy the toy that is suitable for your child's personality. She suggests considering which toys will make your child want to discover something new, enhance their skills, and encourage independent learning. &quot;You can assess consumer's reviews and producer's age recommendations, but your selection should mostly depend on your child,&quot; states Kravchenko,&quot;not other people's opinion about the toy&quot;<br />Visit the land of make believe<br />&quot;The best toys are ones that boost creativity and pretend play,&quot; says Nancy Werner, Kindergarten teacher at Traver Road School at Pleasant Valley. &quot;These toys also develop with the child and they can use them for many purposes.&quot;<br />Werner, who has a four-year older, suggests dress up clothes, play dolls and food to nurture creativity, production of language and stories that result in reading comprehension and writing skills. She also recommends creative games that be played adults or other children, such as Candy Land, for growing counting, cooperation, turn taking and problem solving.<br />Parents should be cautious about the claims made by educational toy commercials. &quot;Children can only develop at the pace they're capable.&quot;<br />Taylor says that attempting to accelerate a child's development can actually slow down it since children are made to do things for which they aren't developmentally ready. The result is that children are prevented from doing exactly what they should do at their stage of growth.<br />&quot;It's crucial that you have conversations with children and ask them questions to help them explain and believe than to invest hundreds of dollars on a toy or video which will be just a 1 way'conversation',&quot; says Werner.<br />Werner and Wild either point to novels, either purchased or borrowed, as being among the very best educational assets your youngster can own. And one of the greatest tools parents can use to educate their kids. &quot;Among the very best educational'toys' for a kid is an adult who spends time speaking, reading, and appreciating the wonders of earth with (them),&quot; says Wild.<br /><br />
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In addition to being safe (see Security and children's toys under ), very good toys for young kids need to coincide with their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found in the home. As you read these lists of toys that are suggested for kids of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at a single rate. Items on a single list--as long as they are safe--can be great choices for kids who are older and younger than the suggested age range.<br />Toys for young babies --birth through 6 months<br />Babies like to look in people--after them with their eyes. Normally, they favor faces and bright colours. Infants can achieve, be fascinated with what their hands and feet can perform, lift their heads, turn their minds toward sounds, place items in their mouths, and much more!<br />Great toys for young infants:<br />Items they could reach for, maintain, suck , shake, make sound with--rattles, large earrings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and vinyl and board books<br />Items to listen to--novels with nursery rhymes and poems, and recordings of lullabies and easy songs<br />Items to look at--images of faces suspended so baby can see them and unbreakable mirrors<br /><br /><br />Toys for older infants--7 to 12 weeks<br />Elderly babies are movers--they go from rolling over and sitting, to scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling themselves up, and standing.<br />Good toys for older infants:<br />Things to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, vinyl and timber vehicles with wheels, and water toys<br />Items to drop and take out--vinyl bowls, large beads, balls, and nesting toys<br />Things to build with--large soft cubes and wooden cubes<br />Items to utilize their large muscles with--large chunks, push and pull toys, and low, soft items to crawl over<br />One-year-olds are all on the move! Typically they can walk steadily and even climb stairs. [http://www.catedraempresafamiliar.uma.es/ojs223/index.php/revistaempresafamiliar/comment/view/7/0/155009 http://www.catedraempresafamiliar.uma.es/ojs223/index.php/revistaempresafamiliar/comment/view/7/0/155009] enjoy stories, say their first words, and can play alongside other kids (but not yet with!) . They prefer to experiment--but want adults to keep them safe.<br />Great toys for 1-year-olds:<br />Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects<br />Things to create --wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large newspaper<br />Things to feign with--toy telephones, antiques and antiques beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, bags ), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic critters, and plastic and wood&quot;realistic&quot; vehicles<br />Items to construct with--wood and cardboard blocks (can be smaller than those used by infants--2 to 4 inches)<br />Things for utilizing their big and small muscles--puzzles, large pegboards, toys with components that do things (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and small chunks<br />Toys for 2-year-olds (toddlers)<br /><br />Toddlers are learning language and have some sense of risk. Nevertheless they do a lot of bodily&quot;testing&quot;: jumping from heights, climbing, hanging by their own arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. They have great control of their hands and palms and like to do things with small objects.<br />Good toys for 2-year-olds:<br />Things for solving problems--wood puzzles (using 4 to 12 bits ), blocks that snap together, objects to form (by size, shape, colour, odor ), and things with hooks,<br />Buttons, buckles, and snaps<br />Items for faking and construction --cubes, smaller (and hardy ) transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, seats, play meals ), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, along with sand and water play toys<br />Things to make with--large non-toxic, washable crayons and markers, big paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for painting and drawing, coloured construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large jolt, and rhythm instruments<br />Picture novels with more information than books for younger kids<br />CD and DVD players with many different music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders operate also!)<br />Items for using their large and small muscles--large and Smallish balls for throwing and kicking, ride-on equipment (but probably not tricycles until children are ), tunnels, non climbers with soft cloth under, and pounding and hammering toys<br />Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than toddlers. Typically they speak a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and using their still-emerging bodily abilities. They like to play with friends--and do not want to lose! They could take turns--and sharing a single toy by at least two children is often possible for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.<br />Good toys for 3- to 6-year-olds:<br />Items for solving issues --puzzles (with 12 to 20+ pieces), blocks that snap together, collections and other smaller items to form by length, width, height, shape, colour, odor, quantity, and other features--collections of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and lids, keys, shells, counting bears, small colored cubes<br />Items for faking and construction --many blocks for building complex structures, transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (&quot;apartment&quot; places, play meals ), dress-up clothes, dolls with accessories, puppets and simple puppet theaters, and sand and water play toys<br />Things to make with--big and Tiny crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and fingerpaint, Big and small paper for painting and drawing, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, paste, paper and cloth scraps for collage, and instruments--rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines<br />Picture books with much more words and more detailed images than toddler books<br />CD and DVD players with various music (of course, phonograph players and tape recorders operate also!)<br />Items for utilizing their big and small muscles--big and small chunks for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment including tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft cloth underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, objects and objects to throw at them, and a workbench with a vise, hammer, nails, and saw<br />When a child has access to a computer: programs that are interactive (the child can perform something) and children can comprehend (the Program uses graphics and spoken instruction, not just publish ), kids can control the program's speed and course, and children have opportunities to explore a variety of concepts on many levels<br />Safety and children's toys<br />Electric toys ought to be&quot;UL Approved.&quot; Make sure you check the label, which should indicate that the toy has been accepted by the Underwriters Laboratories. In addition, when choosing toys for children under age , make sure there are not any tiny parts or pieces that may become lodged in a child's neck and lead to suffocation.<br />It's very important to not forget that regular wear and tear can lead to a once secure toy becoming hazardous. Adults should check toys regularly to make certain that they are in good repair. For a list of toys that have been remembered by manufacturers, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.<br /><br />

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In addition to being safe (see Security and children's toys under ), very good toys for young kids need to coincide with their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found in the home. As you read these lists of toys that are suggested for kids of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at a single rate. Items on a single list--as long as they are safe--can be great choices for kids who are older and younger than the suggested age range.
Toys for young babies --birth through 6 months
Babies like to look in people--after them with their eyes. Normally, they favor faces and bright colours. Infants can achieve, be fascinated with what their hands and feet can perform, lift their heads, turn their minds toward sounds, place items in their mouths, and much more!
Great toys for young infants:
Items they could reach for, maintain, suck , shake, make sound with--rattles, large earrings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and vinyl and board books
Items to listen to--novels with nursery rhymes and poems, and recordings of lullabies and easy songs
Items to look at--images of faces suspended so baby can see them and unbreakable mirrors


Toys for older infants--7 to 12 weeks
Elderly babies are movers--they go from rolling over and sitting, to scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling themselves up, and standing.
Good toys for older infants:
Things to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, vinyl and timber vehicles with wheels, and water toys
Items to drop and take out--vinyl bowls, large beads, balls, and nesting toys
Things to build with--large soft cubes and wooden cubes
Items to utilize their large muscles with--large chunks, push and pull toys, and low, soft items to crawl over
One-year-olds are all on the move! Typically they can walk steadily and even climb stairs. http://www.catedraempresafamiliar.uma.es/ojs223/index.php/revistaempresafamiliar/comment/view/7/0/155009 enjoy stories, say their first words, and can play alongside other kids (but not yet with!) . They prefer to experiment--but want adults to keep them safe.
Great toys for 1-year-olds:
Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects
Things to create --wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large newspaper
Things to feign with--toy telephones, antiques and antiques beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, bags ), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic critters, and plastic and wood"realistic" vehicles
Items to construct with--wood and cardboard blocks (can be smaller than those used by infants--2 to 4 inches)
Things for utilizing their big and small muscles--puzzles, large pegboards, toys with components that do things (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and small chunks
Toys for 2-year-olds (toddlers)

Toddlers are learning language and have some sense of risk. Nevertheless they do a lot of bodily"testing": jumping from heights, climbing, hanging by their own arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. They have great control of their hands and palms and like to do things with small objects.
Good toys for 2-year-olds:
Things for solving problems--wood puzzles (using 4 to 12 bits ), blocks that snap together, objects to form (by size, shape, colour, odor ), and things with hooks,
Buttons, buckles, and snaps
Items for faking and construction --cubes, smaller (and hardy ) transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, seats, play meals ), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, along with sand and water play toys
Things to make with--large non-toxic, washable crayons and markers, big paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for painting and drawing, coloured construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large jolt, and rhythm instruments
Picture novels with more information than books for younger kids
CD and DVD players with many different music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders operate also!)
Items for using their large and small muscles--large and Smallish balls for throwing and kicking, ride-on equipment (but probably not tricycles until children are ), tunnels, non climbers with soft cloth under, and pounding and hammering toys
Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than toddlers. Typically they speak a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and using their still-emerging bodily abilities. They like to play with friends--and do not want to lose! They could take turns--and sharing a single toy by at least two children is often possible for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Good toys for 3- to 6-year-olds:
Items for solving issues --puzzles (with 12 to 20+ pieces), blocks that snap together, collections and other smaller items to form by length, width, height, shape, colour, odor, quantity, and other features--collections of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and lids, keys, shells, counting bears, small colored cubes
Items for faking and construction --many blocks for building complex structures, transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture ("apartment" places, play meals ), dress-up clothes, dolls with accessories, puppets and simple puppet theaters, and sand and water play toys
Things to make with--big and Tiny crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and fingerpaint, Big and small paper for painting and drawing, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, paste, paper and cloth scraps for collage, and instruments--rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
Picture books with much more words and more detailed images than toddler books
CD and DVD players with various music (of course, phonograph players and tape recorders operate also!)
Items for utilizing their big and small muscles--big and small chunks for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment including tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft cloth underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, objects and objects to throw at them, and a workbench with a vise, hammer, nails, and saw
When a child has access to a computer: programs that are interactive (the child can perform something) and children can comprehend (the Program uses graphics and spoken instruction, not just publish ), kids can control the program's speed and course, and children have opportunities to explore a variety of concepts on many levels
Safety and children's toys
Electric toys ought to be"UL Approved." Make sure you check the label, which should indicate that the toy has been accepted by the Underwriters Laboratories. In addition, when choosing toys for children under age , make sure there are not any tiny parts or pieces that may become lodged in a child's neck and lead to suffocation.
It's very important to not forget that regular wear and tear can lead to a once secure toy becoming hazardous. Adults should check toys regularly to make certain that they are in good repair. For a list of toys that have been remembered by manufacturers, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.