Finding toys for children can be intimidating because many people don't understand how children play.

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Here is a Short Overview.
Let start with infants. Rattles and things with sound elements are intriguing for infants.
Rattles which are usually with a moving interior part, can give children one of their first ''cause and effect'' understanding. Soft knit balls and safe cars without moveable parts are interesting over and over as children gain more understanding of objects and motion by the day. Infants don't need much to be interested and entertained.
Later on, as children grow older it is important to try to match their toys to their level of development so that they are challenged but not frustrated. While many toys have age groups printed on the packaging, it is really important to understand your child’s development and make choices based on their individual needs. Most of the age groups are printed only for safety purpose due to small parts, not for developmental level.
At age two and three most children are really creating a base understanding of motor skills and orienting objects in space. In my earlier post, I talked about Block play. Block play as I’ve mentioned is a lasting exercise that can start as early as one and continue throughout childhood as children mature and create new ways to use those blocks.

After age three children begin to developing more of their language and social skills. Games start to be fun for them, and Riding toys (so they are called) give them much needed exercise and stability control. There is a really wide range of Montessori learning materials that offer children important learning experiences through play and sensory exploration.

For safety concerns, it is really important to watch how your child plays both alone and with others, to ensure that you are giving them the best toys possible for them to grow into confident, smart, artistic and creative individuals. 
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2 comments

beyonceprema said... @ May 4, 2008 at 5:59 AM

your post is very informative...
Instead of investing so much money on toys which does not benefit the child, i rather get educational toys from where my kids can learn so much and at the same time, play. Thanks !

Fat Loss said... @ June 27, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Interesting and useful post. Just a quick note to point out that there are Webkinz suddly toys which are cuddly toys that your kids can adopt on the webkinz site as a pet. They can build a room for their pet on line, and earn money by participating in interactive educational 'games' on the site

You can learn more about webkinz toys at http://www.fishngo.com

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