Along with being mr immortal (see Security and children's toys below), good toys for young kids will need to match their stages of development and emerging skills. Many safe and proper play materials are free things typically found at home. As you read the following lists of toys that are suggested for children of different ages, remember that each child develops at an individual rate. Items on a single list--as long as they are safe--can be great options for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
Toys for young infants--birth through 6 months
Babies like to look at people--after them with their eyes. Typically, they prefer faces and bright colours. Babies can reach, be curious about what their hands and feet can perform, lift their heads, turn their heads toward appearances, place items in their mouths, and much more!
Good toys for young infants:
Items they can reach for, maintain, suck on, shake, make sound with--rattles, big earrings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and board and vinyl books
Items to hear --books with nursery rhymes and poems, and recordings of lullabies and easy songs
Items to look at--images of faces suspended so baby can see them and unbreakable mirrors
Toys for older babies --7 to 12 months
Older babies are movers--they go from rolling over and sittingto scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling up themselves, and standing.
Great toys for older babies:
Items to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, plastic and wood vehicles with wheels, and water toys
Things to fall and take out--vinyl bowls, big beads, balls, and nesting toys
Things to construct with--big soft blocks and wooden cubes
Things to use their big muscles with--big balls, push and pull toys, and non, soft items to crawl over
Toys for 1-year-olds
One-year-olds are on the go! Typically they could walk and even climb stairs. They enjoy stories, say their first words, and may play next to other kids (although not yet with!) . They prefer to experiment--but want adults to keep them secure.
Good toys for 1-year-olds:
Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects
Recordings with songs, rhymes, simple stories, and images
Items to create with--wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large paper
Things to pretend with--toy phones, dolls and doll beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, bags ), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic critters, and plastic and timber"realistic" vehicles
Items to build with--cardboard and wood blocks (could be smaller than those used by babies --2 to 4 inches)
Items for using their big and small muscles--puzzles, large pegboards, toys with components that do items (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and small balls
Toddlers are learning terminology and have some sense of danger. Nevertheless they do a great deal of bodily"testing": jumping from heights, climbing, hanging with their arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. They have good control of their hands and palms and just like to do things using little objects.
Great toys for 2-year-olds:
Things for solving issues --wood puzzles (with 4 to 12 bits ), blocks that snap together, objects to form (by size, shape, colour, odor ), and things with hooks,
Buttons, buckles, and snaps
Items for faking and building--blocks, smaller (and hardy ) transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, seats, play food), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, and sand and water play toys
Items to create with--large non, washable crayons and markers, large paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for painting and drawing, coloured construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large chalk, and rhythm instruments
Picture books with more details than novels for younger children
CD and DVD players with many different music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders operate also!)
Items for using their large and Tiny muscles--large and Smallish balls for throwing and kicking, ride-on equipment (but probably not tricycles until children are ), tunnels, low climbers with soft material under, and pounding and hammering toys Typically they speak a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and using their still-emerging bodily abilities. They like to play with friends--and do not want to lose! They could take turns--and sharing a single toy by two or more children is frequently possible for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Things for solving issues --puzzles (with 12 to 20+ bits ), cubes that snap together, collections and other smaller objects to sort by length, width, height, shape, color, odor, quantity, and other features--collections of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and figurines, shells, keys, counting bears, little colored cubes
Items for pretending and construction --many blocks for building complicated structures, transport toys, construction sets, child-sized furniture ("apartment" sets, play food), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets and Easy puppet theatres, and sand and water play toys
Items to make with--big and Tiny crayons and markers, large and Tiny paintbrushes and fingerpaint, Big and small paper for painting and drawing, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and Big and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, glue, paper and fabric scraps for collage, and tools --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 a variety of music (obviously, phonograph players and tape recorders work also!)
Things for utilizing their large and small muscles--big and small chunks for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment such as tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft cloth under, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, objects and objects to throw in them, along with a workbench using a vise, hammer, nails, and watched
When a kid has access to your computer: programs which are interactive (the kid can do something) and that children can comprehend (the software uses graphics and spoken education, not just print), children can control the software's pace and path, and children have opportunities to explore a variety of concepts on many levels
Security and children's toys
Electric toys ought to be"UL Approved." Be sure to inspect the label, which should indicate that the toy was approved by the Underwriters Laboratories. Additionally, when choosing toys for children under age , make certain that there are no tiny parts or pieces that could become lodged in a child's throat and cause suffocation.
It is important to remember that typical wear and tear may result in a once safe toy getting hazardous. Adults should check toys regularly to make certain that they are in good repair. For a list of toys which have been recalled by manufacturers, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.