Is it not completely overwhelming how many toys are available for kids?! How is a parent to know which ones are good and which ones are a waste of money? Which once are good at what age? Yes, every kid has different likes and dislikes, but isn’t there a way to narrow down the choices?
We are always looking for toys that will promote children’s overall development (specifically their fine motor, cognitive, gross motor, bilateral coordination, oral motor, self-help, creativity, imagination, team work, and language skills). Once we pick the toys, we rank them using the below criteria:
- The toy must serve at least two different purposes.Toys are expensive and we want you to get the most value for money spent!
- The toy must be relevant for at least 3 to 6 months of the kids life.Kids go through phases in what catches their attention, so we want toys that will outlive those fleeting interests.
- The list as a whole must cover all major developmental skills kids are expected to acquire in the first 8 years of their life.
- As a bonus, the list also includes toys that can be used as a family and friends playing together as a team. Family and team playing should always be encouraged as it is the best time to pass on parents values to their children though play.
How’s that for money-saving?
Remember, too, that as great as toys are these days, YOU are your kid’s best teacher. Your interaction with you is more valuable and life changing than any toy. Engage and talk with your little once while he or she plays with and explores new toys. It’s a win-win…….