Helpful Guide In Buying Toys For Kids Based On Their Age

Children need toys in addition to food, water, clothes, home and love! There are times when they want to remain with someone or something which they can be mould, bite, crack, break and even love and kiss as per their wish. It’s easy to buy a plethora of toys from for your little ones from boy dolls to high tech toys; however, it’s smart to choose toys that would be entertaining for them at their particular age and also would boost their creativity, so as to help in their development. This guide is based on child development research and will help you in selecting toys for different age groups; some of them are suitable for various age groups, as children of different ages often love to play with the same type of toys though their playing type may vary.

From Birth to the Age of 6 Months

According to experts, toys benefit even infants who learn about the world around through their senses. While during the initial few months, infants can’t catch hold of objects with hands, they explore them with their eyes and ears. Hence noise-making and brightly colored toys especially appeal newborns. After a little while, when they become able to grasp the objects, they love to play with textured toys that are safe for mouthing. During this age of your little ones, you should avoid potentially dangerous toys and also take care not to hang toys to a crib, stroller, playpen or around the child’s neck with ribbon, string or elastic.

Some suggestions are:

  • Rattles
  • Cloth toys
  • Teething toys
  • Soft toys
  • Musical toys and chimes
  • Activity quilts
  • Interlocking rings
  • Keys
  • Stuffed animals
  • Safety mirrors

Age of 6 Months to 1 Year

During this second half of the very first year of child’s life, babies master motor skills due to which they can play with toys in various new, exciting ways. After they are able to sit up, they love toys that can be manipulated, dropped, banged, stacked up, opened and shut, put in and removed, etc. After they start walking with the support of furniture etc, they love playthings that can move together with them.

Some suggestions are:

  • Balls (small and large)
  • Stacking toys
  • Pop-up toys
  • Teething toys
  • Soft blocks
  • Simple shape makers
  • Bath toys
  • Push-pull toys
  • Soft dolls
  • Cardboard and cloth picture books
  • Squeak/squeeze toys

Age of 1 to 2 years

After the 1st year of life, kids are more interested in exploring. They are full of curiosity and want to know everything, added with physical skills to do so. So, a busy toddler wants toys to play physically, walking, pushing, riding and climbing, that will assist them in exploration and experimentation. So, something like ride on toys are perfect at this age. This is also the age when children love to imitate their elders.

Some toy suggestions for this age group are:

  • Ride-on toys (feet-propelled)
  • Sand toys/sandbox
  • Play vehicles
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Blocks
  • Stacking toys
  • Wagons
  • Puzzles
  • Play household items, like telephone, shopping cart, workbench, lawn mower etc
  • Musical instruments

Age of 2 to 3 Years

Children at this age enjoy testing their physical abilities, like jumping, throwing and climbing, and so, love toys that help them in an active play. At this age, they also learn hand and finger coordination, and also develop an interest in crafts, puzzles, puppets, block-building etc.

Therefore suggestions for this age group are:

  • Building blocks and other building systems
  • Wading pools and water toys
  • Dolls that they can bathe, feed and diaper
  • Non-toxic art materials
  • Play scenes

Age of 3 to 6 Years

This age is of acting! Children of this age often like to act like what and who they like and enjoy wearing costumes of the roles they play. At this age, it’s common to develop love or special feelings for a particular toy. Even they love to create something with their own hands and so, arts and crafts materials are also very popular at this age.

So, you should give them something like:

  • Tricycle or bicycle with helmet
  • Lacing and threading kits
  • Construction toys
  • Dolls, especially with different clothes
  • Puzzles
  • Props
  • Puppets
  • Make-believe play
  • Tapes and tape player
  • Board games and word games
  • Storybooks

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