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Along with being safe (see Security and children's toys under ), good toys for young children need to coincide with their stages of development and emerging skills. Many safe and proper play materials are free things typically found in the home. As you read these lists of toys that are suggested for kids of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at a single rate. Items on one list--provided that they are safe--can be great choices for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
Toys for young babies --birth through 6 weeks
Babies like to look in people--following them using their eyes. Normally, they favor faces and bright colors. Infants can reach, be curious about what their feet and hands can perform, lift their heads, and turn their minds toward appearances, put things in their mouths, and even more!
Great toys for young babies:
Things they could reach , hold, suck , shake, create sound with--rattles, large rings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and board and vinyl books
Items to hear --books with nursery rhymes and poems, and records of lullabies and simple tunes
Things to look in --pictures of faces suspended so baby can view them and unbreakable mirrors
Toys for older infants--7 to 12 weeks
Elderly infants are movers--they go from rolling over and sitting, to scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling themselves up, and standing.
Good toys for older infants:
Things to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, plastic and timber vehicles with wheels, and water toys
Items to drop and extract --vinyl bowls, large beads, balls, and nesting toys
Things to construct with--big soft blocks and wooden cubes
Items to utilize their big muscles with--large balls, pull and push toys, and low, soft things to crawl over
Toys for 1-year-olds
One-year-olds are on the move! Typically they can walk steadily and even climb stairs. They like stories, say their first words, and may play next to other kids (although not with!) . They like to experiment--but need adults to keep them safe.
Great toys for 1-year-olds:
Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects
Recordings with songs, rhymes, simple stories, and pictures
Things to create --wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large newspaper
Items to pretend with--toy phones, antiques and antiques beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, purses), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic animals, and vinyl and wood"realistic" vehicles
Items to build with--wood and cardboard cubes (could be smaller than those used by babies --2 to 4 inches)
Items for using their large and small muscles--puzzles, large pegboards, toys with components that do items (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and Tiny balls
Toddlers are rapidly learning terminology and have some sense of risk. Yet they do a lot of physical"testing": leaping from heights, climbing, hanging by their arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. click here for more have great control of their hands and fingers and like to do things with little objects.
Good toys such as 2-year-olds:
Things for solving problems--wood puzzles (using 4 to 12 pieces), blocks that snap together, objects to sort (in size, form, colour, odor ), and things with hooks,
Buttons, buckles, and snaps
Items for pretending and construction --blocks, smaller (and sturdy) transportation toys, construction sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, seats, play meals ), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, along with sand and water play toys
Things to create with--big non-toxic, washable crayons and markers, large paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for drawing and painting, colored construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large jolt, and rhythm instruments
Picture novels with more details than books for younger kids
CD and DVD players with many different music (of course, phonograph players and cassette recorders work also!)
Things for using their large and Tiny muscles--big and Smallish balls for kicking and throwing, ride-on equipment (but likely not tricycles until kids are ), tunnels, non climbers with soft cloth underneath, and beating and beating toys
Toys for 3- to 6-year-olds (preschoolers and kindergarteners)
Typically they speak a lot and ask a lot of questions. They prefer to experiment with things and with their still-emerging bodily skills. They prefer to play with friends--and don't like to lose! They can take turnsand sharing one toy by at least two children is often possible for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Good toys for 3- to 6-year-olds:
Things for solving problems--puzzles (with 12 to 20+ pieces), cubes that snap together, collections and other smaller objects to form by length, width, height, shape, colour, odor, quantity, and other attributes --ranges of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and lids, shells, keys, counting bears, small colored cubes
Things for pretending 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 theaters, and sand and water play toys
Items to make with--big and small crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and fingerpaint, Big and small paper for drawing and painting, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, paste, paper and cloth scraps for collage, and instruments--rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
Picture books with much more words and more detailed pictures than toddler publications
CD and DVD players with various music (of course, phonograph players and tape recorders operate too!)
Items for utilizing their big and small muscles--big and Tiny balls for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment such as tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft cloth underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, targets and things to throw in them, along with a workbench using a vise, hammer, nails, and saw
When a child has access to a computer: programs that are interactive (the kid can perform something) and that children can understand (the Program uses graphics and spoken education, not just publish ), kids can control the software's pace and course, and children have opportunities to explore Many Different theories on many levels
Safety and children's toys
Electric toys should be"UL Approved." Be sure to check the tag, which should suggest that the toy was accepted by the Underwriters Laboratories. In addition, when choosing toys for children under age , make certain there are no tiny parts or pieces that may become lodged in a child's throat and cause suffocation.
It's very important to remember that regular wear and tear may lead to a once safe toy getting hazardous. Adults must check toys frequently to make sure they are in good repair. To get a list of toys that were remembered by manufacturers, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.