In addition to being safe (see Safety and children's toys under ), good toys for young children need to match their stages of growth and emerging skills. Many safe and proper 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, remember that every child develops at an individual rate. Things on a single list--as long as they're secure --can be great choices for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
Toys for young infants--birth through 6 months
Babies like to look at people--after them using their eyes. Normally, they prefer faces and bright colours. Infants can achieve, be curious about what their feet and hands can perform, lift their heads, turn their heads toward appearances, put things in their mouths, and much more!
Great toys for young babies:
Items they can reach , maintain, suck on, shake, create sound with--rattles, large earrings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and board and vinyl books
Things to listen to--books with nursery rhymes and poems, and records of lullabies and simple tunes
Items to look at--pictures of faces suspended so baby can view them and unbreakable mirrors
Toys for older babies --7 to 12 months
Elderly babies are movers--typically they go from rolling over and sittingto scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling up themselves, and standing.
Great toys for older babies:
Things to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, plastic and timber vehicles with wheels, and water toys
Items to drop and take out--vinyl bowls, big beads, balls, and nesting toys
Things to build with--big soft blocks and wooden cubes
Things to utilize their big muscles with--big balls, push and pull toys, and non, soft items to creep over
Toys for 1-year-olds
One-year-olds are on the go! Typically they could walk steadily and even climb stairs. They like stories, say their first words, and may play alongside other children (but not yet with!) . They prefer to experiment--but need adults to keep them secure.
Good toys such as 1-year-olds:
Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects
Recordings with songs, rhymes, simple stories, and images
Items to create --wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large newspaper
Items to pretend with--toy telephones, dolls and doll beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, purses), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic animals, and plastic and wood"realistic" vehicles
Items to construct with--wood and cardboard blocks (could be smaller than those used by babies --2 to 4 inches)
Things for utilizing their large and Tiny muscles--puzzles, big pegboards, toys with parts that do things (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and small chunks
Toddlers are rapidly learning terminology and have some sense of danger. Nevertheless they do a lot of bodily"testing": jumping from heights, climbing, hanging by their arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. They have good control of their palms and fingers and just like to do things using small objects.
Good toys for 2-year-olds:
Things for solving issues --wood puzzles (using 4 to 12 pieces), blocks that snap together, objects to sort (in size, shape, color, odor ), and things with hooks,
Buttons, buckles, and pops
Items for faking and building--cubes, smaller (and hardy ) transportation toys, construction sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, seats, play food), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, and sand and water play toys
Items to make with--large non, washable crayons and markers, large paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for drawing and painting, coloured construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large jolt, and rhythm instruments
Picture novels with more information than novels for younger kids
CD and DVD players with a variety of music (of course, phonograph players and tape recorders operate also!)
Things for using their big and small muscles--big and Smallish balls for throwing and kicking, ride-on equipment (but probably not tricycles until kids are ), tunnels, non climbers with soft material under, and beating and beating toys
Toys for 3- to 6-year-olds (preschoolers and kindergarteners)
Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than just toddlers. Typically they speak a lot and ask a lot of questions. They prefer to experiment with things and using their still-emerging bodily abilities. mr immortal prefer to play with friends--and do not like to lose! They could take turns--and sharing a single toy by two or more kids is often potential for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Great toys for 3- to 6-year-olds:
Items for solving problems--puzzles (with 12 to 20+ pieces), blocks that snap together, collections and other smaller objects to form by length, width, height, shape, colour, smell, amount, and other features--ranges of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and figurines, keys, shells, counting bears, little colored cubes
Items for faking and construction --lots of blocks for building complicated structures, transportation toys, construction sets, child-sized furniture ("flat" sets, play food), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets and simple puppet theatres, and sand and water play toys
Things to create with--large and small crayons and markers, large and Tiny paintbrushes and fingerpaint, Big and small paper for drawing and painting, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and Big and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, glue, paper and fabric scraps for collage, and tools --rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
Picture books with much more words and more detailed pictures than toddler books
CD and DVD players with various music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders operate also!)
Things for using their large and small muscles--large and Tiny chunks for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment such as tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft material under, 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 watched
If a kid has access to a computer: programs which are interactive (the kid can perform something) and that children can understand (the software uses images and spoken education, not just print), children can control the software's pace and path, and children have opportunities to explore Many Different concepts on many levels
Safety and children's toys
Safe toys for young kids are well-made (without a sharp components or splinters and don't pinch); painted with nontoxic, lead-free paint; shatter-proof; and easily washed.
Electric toys ought to be"UL Approved." Be sure to inspect the label, which should indicate that the toy was accepted by the Underwriters Laboratories. In addition, when choosing toys for children under age , make sure that there are no small parts or pieces that could become lodged in a child's neck and lead to suffocation.
It's important to not forget that typical wear and tear can result in a once safe toy getting hazardous. Adults must check toys regularly to be sure they are in good repair. For a list of toys which were remembered by manufacturers, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.