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How to Choose The Best Toy

Looking for the Best Toy?
 Customers sometimes ask me to recommend the best toy for their child or grandchild, particularly if the child has a special need. Many begin the conversation by sharing a diagnosis. While valuable, this information only addresses one aspect of who the child is. To answer the question, we need to think beyond gender, age, development, or disability. That’s because we all have preferences, and those make all the difference.
We Buy What Appeals to Us
 Just think about ourselves. When we’re shopping, we bring our preferences with us. Think about a sweater. I might find one that seems perfect in every way, except one. The fiber, style, and fit are exquisite. The price, the lowest it’s ever been. The only drawback is the color. It’s a lovely color and the height of fashion, but it isn’t one that makes me look my best. Perhaps I could convince myself it’s not all that bad. In fact, it has much to offer, considering the price. Who doesn’t appreciate a bargain?  And it will keep me warm. That’s the main reason for buying a sweater, right? Yes, but… And here’s the reality in that three letter word. I’d end up not wearing that sweater, except if I was freezing and had absolutely nothing else to keep me warm. What we buy has to appeal to us if we’re to use and enjoy our purchase.
Kids Choose Toys That Appeal to Their Sense of Play
 Children are the same. A toy has to appeal to a kid before she’ll give it her attention. Something about the toy has to invite play, and once the child begins playing, the toy has to prove its worth. The child decides if it merits her time, if the toy offers enough value to hold her interest. Young children like repetition. That’s how they develop skills. Their toys need to be safe, well constructed, and durable, able to stand up to persistent play. Being easy to clean counts too.
Kids Learn Through Play        Array of flannel covered crinkle paper for babies
 Kids also like to explore and discover. Through play, infants begin to understand cause and effect and learn about their environment. Small enough for tiny fingers to grasp, Baby Paper is made of soft flannel with an inner layer of crinkle fabric that makes the sound of paper being crumpled when touched. Babies typically find that appealing and repeat the action that produced the original sound, learning through repetition about cause and effect, about their ability to make something happen.
Observe Kids at Play Before Shopping For Toys
 We make our best decisions when we’ve observed the recipient at play and know her preferences. When choosing toys, select from those you think will appeal most to the child and mesh best with her current abilities, emerging skills, and developmental goals. This is true for all children, with or without special needs. Toys are tools for play. When a child finds a toy intriguing and engages in play, learning occurs naturally and joyfully.

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3 thoughts on “How to Choose The Best Toy

  1. My daughter keep rejecting dora toy but keep demanding i buy her the same gorilla toys i buy her elder brother…What can i do to make her like the toy I mean she is a girl she should like dora toys

    1. Dora the Explorer was created to be a positive role model for girls, to demonstrate that girls as well as boys are curious and capable of exploration and discovery. That empowers girls. Your daughter seems to like gorillas. Encourage her interest. Go to the library and check out books about gorillas. If you can, go to a zoo where she and her brother can observe gorillas. They’re fascinating to watch. Gorillas is a subject that apparently interests both children. Use their joint interest as a springboard for further learning. We need to give children permission to like toys that appeal to them and not limit their choices based on traditional ideas of which toys are for girls and which are for boys. Children learn while playing. Some girls like dolls, others adore trucks, and still others happily play with both. Children benefit from playing with their favorite toys.

  2. Glad to say that she likes most of the toys I have. I always told her to appreciate everything that she’ll be having in life.

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