Many parents feel lost with the huge range and variety of toys, causing them to have doubts when giving their children and identifying which is the best option both in terms of entertainment and learning for each age of children.
As one of the goals of play is to stimulate skills, these parents, anxious to develop skills, make wrong choices not being attentive to the needs of each of the stages of child development.
Toys As A Stimulus In The Right Measure
“Some parents tend to buy toys recommended at a later age than their son because they believe that this will accelerate the child’s development, which ends up discouraging and causing disinterest,” explains Maria Ângela Barbato Carneiro, a professor at the Faculty of Education at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and coordinator of the toy library at this university.
To make the right choice when it comes to buying toys, some aspects must be observed, such as demonstrating the child’s interest and the coherence between the child’s age and the complexity of understanding the use and safety of the toy material .
It is also important to try to ally, in a pleasant way for the young, the fun to the developmental needs in the personality.
For example, a very shy child should not only have the concentration games that she usually prefers, but also toys that combine this feature of attention with socialization, such as those that promote multiplayer interaction.
The Ideal Toy For Every Age
Up to 6 months: They need toys to help you discover your body, get accustomed to movements and distinguish smells, sounds, textures, shapes and colors. Cradle mobiles, scented dolls (non-toxic), rattles, teethers and colorful plastic toys in various formats are just a few examples;
From 7 to 12 months: They begin to explore objects and recognize voices. It is interesting to offer stuffed animals , toys with buttons that emit sounds and balls;
From 13 to 18 months: They begin to recognize the properties of objects. They like docking toys and stacking with large pieces, for example;
19-24 months: They begin to talk, understand and discover their environment. Strollers, tricycles, scribble frames and mini musical instruments are excellent choices;
From 2 to 3 years old: They are curious about the names of things and imitate relatives.Tricycles, shovels, buckets, jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, dolls and play phones make joy easily;
From 3 to 5 years old: It starts to have easier memory and to interact with friends. Bikes, movies, books and puppets fit them;
From 6 to 8 years old: Already able to add and subtract, read and write. Encourage them with skates, remote control cars and quiz games according to rctoysadvice.com;
From 9 to 11 years old: They are interested in complicated activities. Accessories for practicing sports, strategy games and reflection or electronic experiments usually please;
From age 12: They are building their own identity, develop a greater taste for books, music and more elaborate movies and video games, tablet applications, and high-level computer and board games.
It is important that parents, in addition to making good choices about their children’s fun and leisure sources, do not use entertainment tools such as rewards or punishment, or satisfy momentary whims or excess toys, as small “Frustrations” for the development of good character, imagination and intelligence.