Toys are educational!
First of all, toys aren’t just toys, period! They are built in such a way that they can educate children into learning certain skills and developing certain abilities. Some choose puzzles in order to work on a logical mind, others work on building Lego lands because they develop strategic skills and so on. The idea here is simple, any toy (or almost) should have an educational purpose, should teach the child something in order to help them learn through playing.
Toys should be appropriate for the age!
This is another matter that is worth reading about because it highlights an important aspect: toys should be safe. There are very strict regulations when it comes to creating toys for children, especially when it comes to the age the targeted audience has. It’s really important to understand that small kids can swallow and ingest certain pieces if they don’t pay attention and you can’t risk that!
Toys are FUN!
Fun is something that we all like, but the children love. Having fun means that your mind and creativity are stimulated by the rules the game or the toys imply and that is something that people absolutely love. Think about this: if your kid likes science, don’t buy him car toys. Having fun means doing what you love and that is the best advice here.
Two for one toy
Fun is all about sharing too and this is a great thing that you can teach to your child: that he should share his toys with others in order to have a better experience. Imagine that you are buying him a water gun (at an appropriate age of course). How fun is it when he has to play with it alone? This is a type of toy (and there are millions of others) that is designed to be shared and to be played with.
Link to the movies
This is another great advice that you can take up: if you really want to make your child happy, try to see what his preferences are and link the toys you buy with that. There are kids that have grown up with movies in any given generation since the invention of the cinema. One can name the western fans, others choose Star Trek or Star Wars there are some who might be a fan of Superman or Batman and so on. The idea here is to create a link between these preferences and the toys you buy in order to be certain that your kid will love them.
Don’t run from the “serious” toys!
As mentioned above one of the purpose of the toy industry is to educate the little one in a certain direction. This idea has opened some perspectives in a certain niche because some people wanted to develop educational toys for the ones that want to learn expressively. This is how medical kit toys have been built and the same goes for construction sites and laptops. They have been designed in order for the little one to test his own ideas and see how he makes it in that particular task.
Make it count
Think about your childhood and how did your parents choose your toys. You might have been so fortunate to have the ones that you wanted or you might be on the other side where you would have to be grateful with a wooden car and a stuffed teddy bear. The best advice here is to buy the toys that are special and can have a positive influence on the childhood of the kid.
To conclude, you should be aware of the impact that a parent has when it comes to the first years of a kid’s life. It’s a great thing that we live in a world where information is always available and that is the reason why you should learn how powerful your impact can be and how can some simple toys make all the difference in the world. It’s time to make your kid happy and buy a toy that will keep him or her busy for quite a while.
Tony Stevens – psychologist. He has developed many programs for studying the impact of various outside factors(like children toys) on the children and their development.