Mainly, your child needs YOU :)…but a few toys could come in handy too! But with so many choices out there you may feel a little overwhelmed when trying to choose toys for your child. What toys will your child like, what toys are best for your child’s age, how many toys are enough? Listed below are our suggestions when you are faced with some of these questions.
2. Have a toy swap with a friend. This is one of the best ideas, I think, to not feel obligated to buy the entire toy aisle at Target! Grab a few toys your child has lost interest in and ask a friend to swap a few of her child’s toys with you. For no cost to you, your child can enjoy and explore new toys. In a few weeks swap back and your child’s old toys are like new to him again! Another idea is to put some toys away in the closet and rotate them out every month.
3. Common household items serve as great toys. I have never met a child who doesn’t like to bang on pots and pans with a wooden spoon. With close supervision, a bucket of water, sponges and paintbrushes outside on the sidewalk equal an afternoon of fun for a toddler or preschooler. Use blankets draped over your kitchen table to create a fort, castle or playhouse. Dump some dry beans into an oversized Tupperware container and let your child dig for hidden toys in the beans (this activity also requires close supervision to prevent choking).
4. Read the labels on toys. Often toys are recommended for certain ages based on developmental stages and/or safety precautions. Do some research before you head out to the store to find out what cognitive/language/motor skills your child should be working on to find a toy that might challenge them in these areas.
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