Listed below are a few suggestions:
- Choose toys that can be used in a variety of ways. Examples: Blocks, interlocking blocks, nesting cups, toys for sand and water play.
- Look for toys that the child can play even when he grows up. Examples: Plastic toy animals, dollhouses, trains, dump trucks, stuffed animals and dolls.
- Toys that encourage exploration and problem solving. Examples: Puzzles, shape sorters, nesting blocks or cups, art materials like clay, paint, crayons and play dough.
- Toys that spark the child’s imagination. Examples: Dress up clothing, blocks, toy food and plastic plates, stuffed animals, toy tools, dolls and doll houses.
- Toys that look like the real thing. Example: Plastic dishes and food, toy keys, toy phones, dress up clothes, musical instruments, brooms, mops, brushes and dust pans.
- Magnetic alphabet letters, books, markers, crayons will help the child develop early writing and reading skills.
- Toys that keep a child or encourage the child to be active. Balls of different shapes and sizes, tricycles, plastic bowling sets, child size basketball hoop, toys that can be pulled on a string and gardening tools.
- Simple board games that involve using memory will help nurture the child’s memory, counting, matching as well as listening skills.
While shopping for toys it is a good idea to keep some things in mind:
- Toys including stuffed toys should be washable.
- Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint.
- Crayons, clay dough, paints and colour pencils should be nontoxic.
- The toy is not too loud for the child.
- Toys made of fabric should be labelled as flame resistant or flame retardant.