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Give a child a brand new toy -- almost any toy -- and odds are, you've got a happy kid. Young children generally are not fussy when it comes to baby toys and children toys, but parents should be.
Toys are more than simply playthings, though, and while they need to be enjoyable, they ought to also be age-appropriate, stimulating, and safe. "Toys should be thought of as developmental learning tools"
When picking age-appropriate infant toys or kids toys for a young child, keep these tips in mind:
Toys which do too much don't allow a child to use her own creativity. Dolls and stuffed animals that sing or talk or direct kids to press specific buttons basically take charge of the play scenario once the child should be the one directing the action. "If a toy is too special, it is limiting and it denies the child the ability to use her imagination," states Panaccione. "The best toys are often the simplest ones like blocks -- because they allow children to be creative and spontaneous."
Establish on digital toys and video games.
We live in a digital age, and any parent who believes she could keep her child -- even a toddler -- away from computers and the like forever is kidding herself. But for young kids, especially, it is vital to set limits. Studies have suggested that digital toys pose several potential dangers for children's health and growth, such as hearing loss (from loud toys), weight reduction (from being inactive whilst enjoying ), and language and developmental delays. 1 recent study at Temple University revealed that toys that don't take a child to do anything but observe promote a passive learning style, which may interfere with learning to think independently. "Toys that have flashing lights and constant changes and movement do not require a child to pay attention to any one thing for very long. Kids who use these toys often can find it challenging to concentrate on something such as a book or non-moving toy."
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under age 2 should not watch TV or play computer games whatsoever; children over two should have their"screen time" limited to 1-2 hours every day.