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Select the Right Toys for the Right Age

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Children generally do not pick on toys, but parents should guard a pass and select the right toys for the right age. In this way, toys can play their due role under the premise of safety.



1. Principles and Precautions for Selecting Toys

(1) Choose Toys by Age

Toys are generally designed according to the age of the child, so parents should select toys according to their children's age. Try not to select too small toys or toys with sharp edges. Small volume toys are very likely to be eaten by children. Once the toys are mistakenly inhaled into the trachea or esophagus, it will also cause great danger to children.


(2) Check Whether the Toy Parts Are Loose

If it is a plush toy, check the tightness of the seam edge and whether the filling mouth is loose. Avoid loose small accessories or exposed fillers. If the toy parts fall off, the child is likely to put it into his mouth to bite and gnaw, which is easy to be eaten by children and cause suffocation and poisoning.


(3) Do Not Choose Toys with Heavy Colors

Some toys are painted with bright paint or coating. It is better not to give children these toys for playing, because in case of being bitten by children, there will be the risk of lead and other heavy metal poisoning.


(4) Keep Simple

The best toys are often the simplest. For example, building blocks make children keep rich creativity and spontaneity.


(5) Restrictions on Electronic Toys and Games

Studies have shown that electronic toys may be harmful to children's health and development, including hearing loss (due to loud toys), weight gain (due to inactivity in playing games), language and developmental retardation, and may even lead to inability to think independently in the future. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under two should not watch TV or play computer games at all. Children over 2 years old should be limited to 1-2 hours of screen time per day.


(6) Do Not Be Obsessed with Toys That Claim to Be Educational

Many manufacturers of baby toys and children's toys boast that they can promote brain development or train early readers and mathematicians. However, some reports found that many of these statements are groundless. For example, it is good to let children have an early exposure to classical music or a foreign language CD, but it does not necessarily train musicians or linguists.


(7) Just Play with Some Toys at a Time

The same toy can also let children go through many different stages of development, so do not rush to replace old toys with new ones. For example, some basic toys, like building blocks, have many usages. Parents should not rush to replace them and choose‘newer’toys instead.



2. Toys Suitable for Children of Different Ages

(1) 0-6 Months

Babies are fascinated by movement, sound and simple black and white vision. They are discovering their bodies, committed to eye hand coordination, reaching out and grasping. At this stage, you can choose toys that can be grasped and shaken, such as wood duck toy.


(2) 6-8 Months

At this stage children can be provided with some lovely balls with different texture, such as hammer ball toy, cloth balls made of different materials, or massage balls with small knots on them. Babies not only like to touch plush toys made of all kind of materials, but also hug them from time to time.


(3) 8-18 Months

At this stage babies begin to experiment with size, shape and space. Age appropriate toys include push-pull toys, natural wooden blocks, nested cups, simple detachable toys, etc. If a toy drum is placed beside the baby, he will clap it happily by hand. With the growth of age, babies are keen on beating anything that can make a sound, including toy drums, wooden instruments for babies, wooden xylophone toy, bottles, pots, bowls and spoons, etc. Making sound makes him realize his own ability, which is an embodiment of the development of self-consciousness.


(4) 18-24 Months

Toddlers begin to like to play‘pretending games’. At this time, they can play dress-up, dolls, toy kitchen set wooden, toy cars, wooden railway trains, trucks and school buses, as well as pens, wooden building blocks toys, etc.


(5) 2-4 Years Old

During this period, children have made great progress in fine or coarse motor skills, so jigsaw, wooden block puzzle, large Lego blocks, building blocks and other construction toys are suitable for children of this age. In addition, a more difficult exercise can also starts-kicking a ball with feet and passing the ball. There are also micro farms and household goods that allow children to give the rein to their imagination. Big crayons, finger painting and Russian wooden dolls help foster creativity. Children at this stage also like drums, hammers and other toys that can make sounds.


No matter what kind of toys, safety should be put in the first place. The most important thing is not to hurt children.

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