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Tips for selecting toys for children


Most educational toys are those that encourage the interaction of an adult with a child in supportive, unconditional play. Toys should never be considered as substitutes for the attention of parents.

Children should be provided with safe, affordable toys that are developmentally appropriate. Include toys that help promote learning and growth in all areas of development and encourage creativity.

Those toys should be avoided that discourage children from using their imaginations. Social, emotional and cognitive skills are developed and enhanced when children use play to work out real-life problems.

It is important to make a thoughtful selection of toys and remember that a good toy does not have to be trendy or expensive.

Be skeptical of educational or developmental claims made by advertisers, especially claims of intellectual enhancement through certain toys.

There are some toys that promote violence or negative social, racial, or gender stereotypes. These toys are not recommended for children.

It is good to limit video and computer games. The total screen time, including television and computer use, should be less than 1 to 2 hours per day. Children younger than 5 years should play with computer or video games only if they are developmentally appropriate. A parent or caregiver should accompany the child.

Small toys or toys which can easily dismantle into parts should not be given to infants or toddlers as they may take it to their mouth. Also, toys should be stored safely.