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As the trend to label toys as&quot;educational&quot; continues to grow, parents might wonder if the hype associated with these kinds of toys is authentic and if they are worth the cash. Here are five tips from toy and education specialists on what to consider when selecting an educational toy to your child:<br />Remember low-tech<br /><br /><br /><br />The tie between education and toys has always existed but with the ongoing wave of high-technology educational toys, so lots of the toys parents and teachers used to associate learning might no longer be known because of their educational value. &quot;The best toys are simple and open minded,&quot; says Ellen Wild, chairperson of the Early Childhood Program in Dutchess Community College.<br />Wild proposes giving kids crayons, markers and plain paper, along with ribbons and envelopes to promote considering writing. She points into blocks, Legos, and manipulatives (believe: stacking toys, shape sorters) to help build small muscles in the hands and fingers in anticipation of writing and to help with perceptual motor skills. Wild says she does see kids which have been entertained too exclusively by electronics and toys with&quot;bells and whistles&quot;. &quot;Many of these children haven't heard persistence, an ability to concentrate without being amused,&quot; says Wild,&quot;(They) have not enjoyed being creative in their own and are not excited by learning and books.&quot;<br />READ MORE: The debate on educational toys<br />Individualize your approach<br />&quot;Toys are resources in creating the learning environment,&quot; says Natasha Kravchenko, representative of Educational Toys Planet, an online retailer since 2002. Kravchenko states it's very important to choose the right toy for the child's age, attention or stage. And not to purchase exactly what you want or exactly what you wanted as a child but to buy the toy that is suitable for your child's character. [http://jitps.ui.ac.id/index.php/Tourism/comment/view/37/0/109844 http://jitps.ui.ac.id/index.php/Tourism/comment/view/37/0/109844] proposes thinking about which toys can make your kid want to discover something new, improve their skills, and promote independent learning. &quot;You can check customer's reviews and producer's age guidelines, but your choice should mostly depend on your kid,&quot; says Kravchenko,&quot;not other people's opinion about the toy.&quot;<br />Visit the land of make believe<br />&quot;The best toys are those which foster imagination and pretend play,&quot; says Nancy Werner, Kindergarten teacher at Traver Road School in Pleasant Valley. &quot;These toys also develop with the child and they are able to use them for several purposes.&quot;<br />Werner, who has a four-year old, suggests dress up clothes, play dolls and food to foster imagination, production of language and stories which lead to reading comprehension and writing abilities. She also urges creative games which be played with adults or other kids, like Candy Land, for growing counting, collaboration, turn taking and problem solving.<br /><br /><br />READ MORE: Toys to promote learning<br />Be realistic<br /><br />Parents should be careful about the promises made by educational toy advertisements. &quot;Children's development can't be hastened,&quot; says Jim Taylor, Ph. D, Psychology, author of&quot;Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them.&quot; &quot;Children can only develop at the speed they're capable.&quot;<br />Taylor says that trying to speed up a child's growth can actually slow it down since kids are forced to do things for which they are not developmentally ready. The result is that children are prevented from doing exactly what they should do in their stage of growth.<br />Be your child's first educational &quot;toy&quot;<br /><br />&quot;It is crucial that you have conversations with children and ask them questions to help them explain and think than to invest countless dollars on a toy or video which will be just a 1 way'conversation',&quot; says Werner.<br />Werner and Wild either point to novels, either bought or borrowed, as being among the best educational assets your youngster can own. And one of the best tools parents can use to educate their kids. &quot;Among the best educational'toys' for a kid is the adult who spends time talking, studying, and appreciating the marvels of the world with (them),&quot; says Wild.<br /><br /><br />
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It's overwhelming for any parent -- what toys to buy your kids.<br />To start, toys could be expensive. Then there is the issue of what children say they need vs. what parents feel the children should have.<br />However, the big issue: How do parents choose toys that not only are enjoyable, but also help a child learn?<br />To help, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new report titled&quot;Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era.&quot;<br />The report states:&quot;Play is essential to optimal child growth because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and psychological well-being of children and youth. It also offers an ideal and important chance for parents and other caregivers to participate fully with kids using toys as an instrument of play and interaction. The growth of social perceptions of toys from children's playthings to critical facilitators of early brain and child development has challenged caregivers in determining which toys are most appropriate for their kids.&quot;<br /><br /><br />The report provides guidance for parents and caregivers: 10 tips on How to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era<br />Realize that among the most important purposes of drama toys throughout childhood, and especially in infancy, is not educational at all but instead to ease warm, encouraging interactions and relationships.<br /> [http://revistas.uned.es/index.php/REPPP/comment/view/20583/0/289911 mr. immortal] supporting a developmental role for toys primarily come from research of activities where children play with caregivers rather than alone. The most educational toy is one that promotes interactions between caregivers and children in supporting, play.<br />Provide children with secure, affordable toys that are developmentally appropriate. Contain toys which encourage growth and learning in every area of development. Choose toys that aren't overstimulating and invite children to use their imaginations. Social-emotional and cognitive skills are developed and enhanced as children use play to work out real-life problems (see Zero to Three: Tips to Choosing Toys for Toddlers in Resources).<br />Make a thoughtful choice of toys and remember a fantastic toy does not need to be trendy or expensive. Indeed, sometimes the easiest toys may be the best, because they provide opportunities for kids to use their creativity to produce the toy usage, not the other way around. Choose toys that can grow with the child, foster interactions with caregivers, promote exploration and problem, and provoke the child's creativity.<br />Use children's novels to build ideas for faking collectively while playing with toysuse of the library ought to be regular for all parents regardless of socioeconomic standing. An inventory of neighborhood library locations to the workplace should be considered.<br />Remember that toys aren't a replacement for warm, loving, dependable relationships. Use toys to enhance interactions between the child and caregiver rather than to direct children's play.<br />Look for the pediatric healthcare provider's advice in distinguishing between safe and unsafe toys (see Resources).<br />Be aware of the possibility of toys to market race- or gender-based stereotypes.<br /><br /><br />Restrict video game and computer game usage. Total screen time, including television and computer usage, should be less than 1 hour per day for children 2 decades or older and averted in children 18 to 24 months old. Children younger than 5 years should play with computer or video games only if they are developmentally appropriate, and they need to be accompanied by the parent or caregiver. The usage of media together with health care interaction is necessary to minimizing adverse media effects on the youthful mind.<br />Seek out toys which encourage the child to be both mentally and physically active.<br /><br /><br />

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It's overwhelming for any parent -- what toys to buy your kids.
To start, toys could be expensive. Then there is the issue of what children say they need vs. what parents feel the children should have.
However, the big issue: How do parents choose toys that not only are enjoyable, but also help a child learn?
To help, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new report titled"Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era."
The report states:"Play is essential to optimal child growth because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and psychological well-being of children and youth. It also offers an ideal and important chance for parents and other caregivers to participate fully with kids using toys as an instrument of play and interaction. The growth of social perceptions of toys from children's playthings to critical facilitators of early brain and child development has challenged caregivers in determining which toys are most appropriate for their kids."


The report provides guidance for parents and caregivers: 10 tips on How to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era
Realize that among the most important purposes of drama toys throughout childhood, and especially in infancy, is not educational at all but instead to ease warm, encouraging interactions and relationships.
mr. immortal supporting a developmental role for toys primarily come from research of activities where children play with caregivers rather than alone. The most educational toy is one that promotes interactions between caregivers and children in supporting, play.
Provide children with secure, affordable toys that are developmentally appropriate. Contain toys which encourage growth and learning in every area of development. Choose toys that aren't overstimulating and invite children to use their imaginations. Social-emotional and cognitive skills are developed and enhanced as children use play to work out real-life problems (see Zero to Three: Tips to Choosing Toys for Toddlers in Resources).
Make a thoughtful choice of toys and remember a fantastic toy does not need to be trendy or expensive. Indeed, sometimes the easiest toys may be the best, because they provide opportunities for kids to use their creativity to produce the toy usage, not the other way around. Choose toys that can grow with the child, foster interactions with caregivers, promote exploration and problem, and provoke the child's creativity.
Use children's novels to build ideas for faking collectively while playing with toysuse of the library ought to be regular for all parents regardless of socioeconomic standing. An inventory of neighborhood library locations to the workplace should be considered.
Remember that toys aren't a replacement for warm, loving, dependable relationships. Use toys to enhance interactions between the child and caregiver rather than to direct children's play.
Look for the pediatric healthcare provider's advice in distinguishing between safe and unsafe toys (see Resources).
Be aware of the possibility of toys to market race- or gender-based stereotypes.


Restrict video game and computer game usage. Total screen time, including television and computer usage, should be less than 1 hour per day for children 2 decades or older and averted in children 18 to 24 months old. Children younger than 5 years should play with computer or video games only if they are developmentally appropriate, and they need to be accompanied by the parent or caregiver. The usage of media together with health care interaction is necessary to minimizing adverse media effects on the youthful mind.
Seek out toys which encourage the child to be both mentally and physically active.