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Choosing the right toy is essential in determining if it will become a cherished item or if it will sit on a shelf and gather dust. The last thing you want to do is buy a toy that never gets any play. Age appropriate toys are toys that are specifically geared to the developmental stage of the child, corresponding in age and readiness. Children use their imagination and creativity best when they’re playing with an age appropriate toy, because it stimulates their interest and engages their specific developmental level.
There are many indoor toys available for all different ages. The easiest way to determine a child’s readiness for a toy is to refer to the guidelines on the packaging. You’ll often read, “For children ages 2 and up” or “For Ages 3+” on the toy’s package. There is some leeway here depending on the child’s development, but be careful not to choose toys too far above or below the package guidelines or you could be wasting money.
We’ve put together a few tips to help you determine if a toy is age appropriate for a child:
By Step2 on November 7th, 2011 | Posted in Hints and Tips
With winter fast approaching, play will be moving indoors before you know it (if it hasn’t already!). One of our customers came up with a great idea for moving her kids’ outdoor toys inside. As a mom of three, all under the age of seven, who lives in Sacramento, California, she is faced with entertaining her children during six winter months of chilly and rainy weather and four months of insufferable hot weather. She has a great yard with many outdoor toys, but they can only be used for about two months.
Feeling that interactive play is important to her kids, she came up with a neat idea for continuing play indoors.
She brought the kids’ sand and water table inside. To protect her home from water damage, and her vacuum from self-destructing, she replaced the sand with dried beans and the water with balls made of plastic. They squealed with delight at having this outdoor toy indoors and played together for hours.
Thinking that she was on to something she brought in a small climber and slide that are each made of plastic and easy to move. With two choices, the kids spend time with one toy and then moved to the other, preventing them from getting bored.
She also has a playhouse for the kids. Figuring that the family room was now more a playroom, she moved the playhouse in as well, after thoroughly cleaning the inside of leaves, webs and spiders.
Looks like she really was on to something as her kids now want to know if their pool can come inside too! She won’t go as far as to bring that inside, but is happy that her kids can now continue playing with some of their favorite outdoor toys inside this winter.