Toys Buying Guide
Parents are the key to help children grow; whether the matter is developmental, emotional, behavioral, or educational, it is through working closely with them that progress is achieved and maintained. Each parent is an “expert” when it comes to his/her own child. By providing them with the tools and confidence they need, the whole family is strengthened and the child is helped.
With so many choices, shopping just the right toy can be a difficult task. Our “Toy Buying Guide” will help you find age-appropriate and suitable toys that will bring joy to your babies and toddlers.
Remember when you are buying toys:
- Think about the suitability of the toy for the child's age and ability.
- Look at the ‘Play Value’ of the toy. Does it promote good and healthy fun?
- Find that if the toy is durable, safe and guaranteed.
- Buy reputable/branded toys for safety & reliability.
- Second hand toys need to be thoroughly checked before purchase.
- Take time and be aware of safety issues with your children’s toys to make sure they stay safe.
- Take your time and choose your child’s toys carefully. Keep in mind your child’s age, interest etc. when you buy the toys.
Given below are some of the warning labels/safety marks and their meanings that you will find on Creative’s products. One must check these signs to be sure of the child’s safety.
When you buy toys, look for the following points:
- The name and address of the manufacturer/importer.
- Any relevant markings/precautions for use. For example, age warning for toys not suitable for children under 3 (e.g. due to a choking hazard).
- Read the labels. "Not recommended for children under three" it means that there are small parts or something in the toy that the child below 3 years of age could get harmed.
- Look for labels that say "Flame retardant" or "Flame resistant" on fabric toys.
- Another helpful label to look for when it comes to stuffed animals and dolls is "Washable/hygienic materials". This means that the material is certified as hygienic and can be washed at home.
- Instructions for correct assembly and use (e.g. swings and slides)
- Whether toys require adult supervision or should only be used by children over a certain age.
- The need for protective equipment when using skates, skateboards, etc.
- Instructions and warnings may be on the toys or their packaging. You should retain this information.
Remember the point during Use of toys:
- Throw away all the plastic immediately that comes in the packaging. It may suffocate child or choke them.
- Supervise young children during play.
- Be wary of young children playing with older children's toys.
- The following are typical hazards that you need to be aware of; sharp edges, small parts, cords, projectiles, plastic bags and batteries.
Remember the point after Use of toys:
- Ask children to tidy up and put back toys in the toy box/shelf/toy rack after use.
- Periodically check toys to make sure they have not become unsafe due to excessive wear.
- Dispose of toys which are no longer safe.
Some more points to remember:
For Toddlers (2-3)
- For 2-3 yrs old child, you can use picture books, tray puzzles and board books etc. by which they can improve their vocabulary & language development with interest.
- Outdoor Games are also important for the children’s physical & mental growth. Arrange times for safe running and exploring outdoors.
- Only getting toys for children is not enough, spend time teaching your child how to play.
- Try to use sentences with 2 to 4 words with your child.
- Puzzles are good for mental ability. Offer puzzles and games that stimulate learning and discovery.
For Pre School (3-5 yrs)
- Encourage your child to play with playmates.
- Never scold children in front of others for their fault. Discipline should be firm and consistent, but loving and understanding. Praise your child for his or her good behaviour and accomplishments.
- Keep family outings short and simple.
- Bring them the Games that encourage sorting, stacking and matching
- Allow your child to participate in setting and cleaning up the table. Always praise him or her for a job well done.
For School (5-8 yrs)
- Try to take your child to parks, libraries, zoos and other points of interest once in a week.
- Establish rules to be followed at home with respect to: bedtime, TV watching, helping with chores such as setting the table, keeping their room neat.
- Always watch TV with your child and explain the differences between reality and fantasy.
- Spend active time with your child on a daily basis if possible.
- Encourage reading good books.