In the market, the supply of toys is so large and varied that it is very difficult to decide on the most suitable or the best. What should be considered when choosing a toy for a child? GuiaInfantil.com has prepared some tips and suggestions for parents to guide themselves when choosing and buying toys for children.
0-6 MONTHS: She needs toys to help her discover her body and distinguish different textures, shapes, and colors. Rattles, crib mobiles, rubber dolls, teethers, activity rugs, etc.
7-12 MONTHS: Baby begins to explore objects and recognize voices. Balls, rag dolls, sound toys, tentetiesos, seesaws and walkers.
13-18 MONTHS: Children at this age can walk and recognize the properties of objects. Nesting and stacking cubes, wheeled bikes and strollers.
19-24 MONTHS: The child speaks and understands, begins to discover his environment. Cars, bicycles, blackboards, paintings, musical instruments, dolls and animals.
2-3 YEARS: They begin to be curious about names and imitate familiar scenes. Tricycles, shovels, cubes, puzzles, paints, telephones, and dolls.
3-5 YEARS: The child begins to ask questions, to learn songs and to play with his friends. Bicycles, blackboards, tape recorders, stories, puppets and articulated dolls.
6-8 YEARS: The child knows how to add and subtract, read and write. Skateboards, remote control cars, manual games, quizzes and experiments.
9-11 YEARS: They are interested in complicated activities. Sports accessories, strategy and reflection games, audiovisuals, electronics and experiments.
MORE THAN 12 YEARS: Little by little the desire to play disappears and they build their own identity. Books, music and video games.
1. The toy must be desired by the child.
2. Make it safe. It should be made of materials that will not splinter or are sharp if broken. The colors must be solid and non-toxic. The smaller the child, the bigger the toys should be.
3. We must buy them appropriate to their age, always thinking about the purpose and attitudes they develop in our children.
4. Let us take into account their personality: a withdrawn child will need socializing games (several players); a hyperactive child will find adequate attention games, artistic games, etc ...
5. Keep it simple. This would increase the range of uses that can be made of it, developing its fantasy and symbolic capacity.
6. Not buying them to satisfy a momentary whim of the child.
7. Generally they should not be used to reward or punish a child.
8. We must bear in mind that excess toys kills fantasy and produces boredom. Children need to ask first.
9. Family members should be instructed not to give toys away indiscriminately.
10. The best toy is not necessarily the most expensive.
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