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It's overpowering for any parent -- what toys to get your kids.

To begin, toys could be costly. Then there's the matter of what children say they want vs. what parents feel the kids should have.
However, the big issue: How can parents choose toys that not only are enjoyable, but also help a child learn?
The report states:"Play is essential to optimum child growth because it leads to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Additionally, it provides an ideal and important opportunity for parents and other caregivers to participate fully with children using toys as an instrument of play and interaction. The growth of social perceptions of toys out of children's playthings to crucial facilitators of early brain and child development has contested caregivers in deciding which toys are most appropriate for their children."
10 Tips to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era

Recognize that one of the most important functions of drama with toys throughout childhood, and especially in infancy, is not educational at all but rather to ease warm, encouraging interactions and relationships.
Scientific studies encouraging a developmental role for toys primarily come from studies of actions where children play with caregivers rather than alone. The very best educational toy is one which fosters interactions between caregivers and children in supporting, play.
Provide children with secure, affordable toys that are developmentally appropriate. Include toys that promote growth and learning in all areas of development. Choose toys that are not overstimulating and invite children to use their imaginations.
Create a thoughtful selection of toys and keep in mind that a good toy doesn't need to be trendy or expensive. Really, sometimes the easiest toys could be the best, because they provide opportunities for kids to use their imagination to create the toy use, not the other way around. Choose toys that can grow with the child, foster interactions with caregivers, promote exploration and problem, and spark the child's imagination.
Use children's novels to develop ideas for faking together while playing with toys; use of the library should be routine for all parents regardless of socioeconomic status. A list of community library locations to your office should be considered.
Keep in mind that toys aren't a replacement for warm, loving, reliable relationships. Use toys to improve interactions between the caregiver and child rather than to direct children's play.
Seek the pediatric health care provider's advice in differentiating between safe and unsafe toys (see Resources).
Be http://revistas.uned.es/index.php/REPPP/comment/view/20583/0/289911 of the potential for toys to market race- or gender-based stereotypes.
Restrict video game and computer game use. Total screen time, including computer and television usage, should be less than one hour every day for children 2 years or older and avoided in children 18 to 24 months of age. Kids younger than 5 years must play computer or video games just if they are developmentally appropriate, and they should be accompanied by your parent or caregiver. The use of media together with health care interaction is essential to reducing negative media effects on the youthful mind.
Look for toys that encourage the kid to be both emotionally and physically active.