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5th-7th Grade
I keep seeing award stickers on toy packages. If I buy a toy that has an award sticker on the box does that mean other similar toys are not as good? What guidelines can I follow for choosing a good toy?

Lauren, Miami, FL
Mom of Rachel (7), Sofi (6) and Naomi (2)
Use them as a guide and follow 3 easy steps before making a decision on what to buy?

1.Analyze: What does the child have already? (Stacks of board games, tubs of building blocks, shelves of books) Take a quick INVENTORY of your child’s collection and see if there is a type of toy missing from the playroom. A new kind of toy will trigger interest and intrigue once opened!
2.Simplify- Parents “think” kids need a lot of toys, then regret having so many around the house! It is best to have a variety of TOY TYPES, so a child uses a range of developmental skills.
3.Magnify: It is imperative that toys are chosen which are age-appropriate and are of interest to a child. Choose toys that "MAGNIFY’ a child’s current skills and challenges those they need to work on.


InfantBirth to Age 1
Find Toys For Infants 

      When a child is first-born, children respond to the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch and hearing). Toys that allow a child to stimulate any of these senses strengthen the experience and skill. Toys that feature movement, color, sounds and different textures develop these senses.

Types of toys to consider:
• Mobiles
• Squeeze Toys
• Rattles (be sure the rattle does not have any long stems or small pieces a child can break off or choke on.)
• Soft Washable Stuffed Toys
• Musical Toys
• Floating Bath Toys
Toddler – Age 1 to 2
Find Toys For Toddlers 
      Children who have learned to identify their five senses now find an interest to use all of them. Learning to walk, speak and imitate sounds and words are the 3 skills to emphasize the most. Toys to choose include musical toys that allow a child to repeat a number, letter and eventually words with sequencing. Push-pull toys enhance walking and puzzles, nesting blocks and other preschool building sets allow a child to learn spatial relations and hand-eye coordination. Be aware that children at this age put mostly everything in their mouth so the toys should be LARGE in size.
Preschool – Age 3 to 5
      Find Toys For Preschoolers 

      Pretend and make-believe play enhances imagination and creativity. Housekeeping toys, hammers, building toys, chalk, crayons, finger paint, dolls, appropriate action figures and imitation toys promote opportunities to learn real-life skills. Talking toys that encourage sequencing, repetition and speech strengthen speaking skills. Ride-on toys, ice and roller skates and sports toys promote motion and movement strengthening arms and legs. Increasing muscle movement strengthens a child's body tone and refines dexterity and gross and fine motor skills.
School Age – 5 to 9 (Grades K-4)
      Find Toys For Children Age 5 to 9 

      Children in grade kindergarten through fourth grade learn to make friendships and experience conflicts with relationships. Toys such as board games and puzzles that encourage participation, learning to win/lose enhance pro-social behaviors. Character development is extremely important at this age and toys with television and movie characters make an impression. Make sure these are impressions you approve of.
School Age – 9 to 12
      Find Toys For Children Age 9 to 12 

      Toys that encourage responsibility and independence strengthen the role of individual development and personality. Mind-games that challenge promote analytical skills and thinking. Look for toys that enhance self esteem and group play that promote social interaction.
Family Toys – Everyone

      Encourage social toys that allow all members of the family to play together. Choose board games or large piece puzzles for multiple age groups. Humor, skill and sports toys encourage family experiences that create memories.

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