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.