Ten Stress Free Shopping Tips
Guidelines for parents, grandparents, or anyone
with children on their shopping lists.
Play fosters intellectual, social and physical development.
Adults are encouraged to view toys as learning tools
with different types of toys as builders of various
life skills including creativity, self-esteem and cooperation.
Another bonus: a toy that is fun as well as educational
will engage children for more than one holiday season.
The following are general guidelines to keep in mind
when choosing toys for the child, or children, on your
children to identify their own strengths with self-discovery
toys. Toys kids play with by themselves, such as dolls,
science activity kits and magic sets, help teach them
important lessons about responsibility, values and respect
confidence and build pride while children are young
with self-esteem toys like art projects, model-building
and construction toys.
open-ended play that allows free expression and lets
kids use their imaginations. Bring out the creativity
in kids with theater/puppet shows, cooking sets and
pretend play projects such as tea parties.
children learn how to think independently with toys
that promote concentration, competition and deductive
reasoning. Thinking and logic toys include detective
puzzles, ant farms, construction sets and memory games.
social skills and family togetherness with family interaction
toys. Recommended games include dress up, board games,
sports activities and battery-controlled car and boat
cooperation with friends and peers with relationship
toys. Team communication skills are improved with sports,
contests of skills, and toys such as medical and chemistry
kids run, crawl, climb, throw and kick with toys like
climbing structures and ride-on toys that use large
muscle groups. Gross motor activities help kids develop
balance and exercise gross motor skills.
hand-eye coordination with fine motor activities that
require hand movements such as grasping and pinching.
Smart choices include stacking games, puzzles, writing
and coloring books/activities.
language skills and stimulate listening, speaking and
imitation sounds with speech and hearing toys. Musical
toys, play telephones, phonics-based sets and voice-command
games are suggested.
kids, especially infants and toddlers, about their environment
through textures, tastes, smells and sight with sensory
activities. Clay, activity quilts, blocks and shape
games are all good choices.