Practical Guide To Choosing The Best Toys

What You Should Know…

Playing develops the child’s senses and other abilities such as memory, attention and imagination.

Giving away many toys is not educational according to the child heaps the gifts, does not value them and does not have time to play with them.

When choosing a toy you have to take into account its safety and quality, as well as the age of the child, their interests and educational criteria.

What Is Play?

Playing is one of the fundamental activities in people’s lives. The game, besides being a playful activity that provides pleasure, is one of the best activities to learn. The boy and the girl, playing, learn everything.

They learn to develop their senses, develop various capacities, such as: perception, attention, memory, imagination and fantasy. When we play we show ourselves as we are, act as we are and say things as we think them. Thus we acquire habits, rules and rules of all kinds, among others, everything related to behavior and respect for others. We learn to know the people, their name, their way of being and behaving.

The toys and games are a fundamental and important in the lives of children part. As parents, we must take advantage of play and toys to educate, empower creativity and teach values ​​in a fun way. It is very important to “play to grow”.

We can not conceive a childhood without games. Through play the child observes, discovers, manipulates and experiences, that is, interprets the world around him. As the child grows, play helps him learn to relate to others.

On the other hand, the game is not exclusive to childhood. Playing is an excellent fun resource for all ages, which favors the relationship and communication between adults, children and adolescents.

What Is A Toy?

The toy is the instrument through which the process of the game is performed, so it must stimulate the imagination to unleash the mechanisms of the game and enrich its scenario, favoring interaction, ensuring communication and perfecting the activity developed.

It is important to remember that in the hands of a child any object can become a toy, stimulating his imagination and creativity. For example, a carton can be a truck, a shopping cart, a cradle for your favorite doll …

Toys should be attractive and stimulating for the child, allowing them to develop a rich game that stimulates their overall development or Well that it affects some specific area such as motor, senses or intelligence 

When Buying A Toy We Must Take Into Account …

The age of the child

Your personal interests

Educational Criteria

Integral child development: cognitive, social and emotional

Quality and Safety Parameters

The Major Mistakes At The Time To Buy Toys

Acquire many unrelated toys.

Give away toys that are not suitable for the child’s age.

Video games before 8-9 years.

Mobile phones before 11-12 years.

Television and computer for your room: the TV and the computer should be shared as a family, since the contents have to be controlled by the parents.

Games, toys or violent video games.

Buy very expensive toys that we prohibit to use so that they do not break them.

Sophisticated toys that are usually attractive to adults but not useful for children because they limit their imagination and encourage them to contemplation and passivity.

Encourage sexist roles in boys and girls: both must play with all kinds of games and toys … There are no games for girls and boys.

How Many Toys Are There To Give To A Child?

The list to the wise men or Santa Claus is usually endless, but sometimes inappropriate to the age or needs of the little ones. It is no easy task to choose the right toy with good judgment, setting priorities, without disappointing children but not submitting to all their wishes. Television constantly advertises many toys; In some cases misleading messages confuse the happiness of the child with having many things.

The main mistake of parents or relatives is to buy everything the child asks for. There comes a time that the child enjoys more by breaking the wrapping than with the toy itself. Giving away many toys is not educational: the child heaps the gifts, does not value them and has no time to play with them.

It is necessary to use the magic of the Three Kings to benefit, so that the child learns to accept life as it comes, to bring surprise gifts, which he did not expect and some that he has asked are not, because that is the reality.The child must learn to tolerate frustration … his future life will be full of frustrations.

Children are not traumatized by not having the fashionable toy or because their friend has a console and he does not. This fear is of the parents. If the child is clear that they have brought a special gift for him, he will be delighted and will not care what others have and if it is not, is that there is some problem. Because if the child is satisfied, valued and loved will be delighted with what they bring.

A trick…
Parents should put limits on both the number of gifts and family members when buying them. A good tactic is to look for a theme every year: animals, bicycles, travel, dolls … so if we buy a bike for our son or daughter, other relatives buy the helmet, the protectors, a cyclist suit, a mirror, the basket Or the horn. In this way, all gifts have a connection and the child can value it better.

When they are older you can give away things not so material, as a family themed trip between all the relatives and a suitcase with necesser for the holidays.

Types Of Games

Sensomotor games: stimulate and develop the psychomotricity, the knowledge of the body itself, the notion of space. They are toys based on movement and the development of physical abilities. There are several types:

Sensory: mobile, mirrors, musical instruments, inflatables and play bowls,

Manipulative: rattles, teethers, gyms for babies, bath toys, sand, stacking games

Engines: rockers, balls, crawling tube, runners, tricycles, bicycles…

Symbolic games: they stimulate the imagination of the child through the imitation of the adult world: play to parents and moms, doctors, teachers, go to buy at the store. They help to represent reality, to imagine the situations of daily life. In this type of games they range from books and paintings to dolls, miniatures and vehicles that imitate in surroundings.

Construction games: they stimulate the spatial perception through pieces to fit, to assemble, to stack and to realize constructions. They work with precision, attention, patience, spatial orientation and creativity. They include puzzles and lace, crafts, modeling …

Regulated games  mainly group games, which encourage socialization. They are games with specific rules; Allow to develop the social skills, to cooperate, to associate, to compete… They can be the table games of the whole life or sports.

Safe Toys  A toy is a product intended to be used for play purposes by children under 14 years of age and, therefore, must be safe. All the toys that we buy from our children must comply with European regulations that include mandatory provisions that manufacturers, distributors and merchants must adhere to. In order to be marketed they must be marked with the CE mark, which determines the conformity with the safety regulations that apply to it.

A Book A Gift

Books can be considered authentic toys. From the first months of life we ​​can buy baby books, fabric or plastic, with different textures, images and attractive colors to touch, explore, observe and entertain.

Between 1 and 2 years we can offer books with pages of cardboard plastificadas that allow the verbal and imaginative game and favor the development of the language. For children 2 and 5 years old, in addition to stories with illustrations and short text, we can find the book with simple mechanisms, such as cardboard strips that are manipulated and allow movement. From the age of 6 you can start reading books where words, stories or adventures appear… Here the book becomes a toy or support of the most characteristic game: fiction or symbolic. With books, a taste for reading from childhood is fostered.