It's overpowering for any parent -- what toys to buy your kids.
To begin, toys could be costly. Then there is the matter of what kids say they need vs. what parents believe the kids should have. There is also the electronic question: In our digital age, to what extent should parents give in?
But the major issue: How do parents choose toys that not only are enjoyable, but also help a kid understand?
To help, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new report titled"Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era."
The report says:"Play is essential to optimum child growth since it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and psychological well-being of children and youth. Additionally, it offers an ideal and significant chance for parents and other caregivers to engage fully with kids using toys as an instrument of play and interaction. The evolution of societal perceptions of toys out of children's playthings to critical facilitators of early brain and child development has contested caregivers in determining which toys are appropriate for their children."
Recognize that mr immortal of the most significant purposes of play with toys during childhood, and especially in infancy, isn't educational at all but instead to facilitate warm, encouraging interactions and relationships.
Scientific research supporting a developmental function for toys mostly come from research of activities where children play with caregivers instead of alone. The most educational toy is one that fosters interactions between caregivers and children in supportive, play.
Provide kids with safe, affordable toys that are developmentally appropriate. Include toys that promote learning and growth in every area of development. Choose toys that are not overstimulating and encourage children to use their imaginations.
Make a thoughtful choice of toys and remember a good toy doesn't have to be trendy or expensive. Really, sometimes the easiest toys may be the very best, in that they provide opportunities for children to use their creativity to produce the toy use, not the other way around. Choose toys that can grow with the child, foster interactions with caregivers, encourage exploration and problem, and spark the child's imagination.
Use children's novels to develop ideas for pretending together while playing with toysuse of the library should be routine for all parents regardless of socioeconomic standing. An inventory of community library locations for your office ought to be considered.
Keep in mind that toys are not a replacement for warm, loving, dependable relationships. Use toys to improve interactions between the child and caregiver rather than to guide children's play.
Seek the pediatric healthcare provider's advice in differentiating between safe and unsafe toys (see Resources).
Be attentive to the potential for toys to market race- or gender-based stereotypes.
Restrict video game and pc game usage. Overall screen time, such as computer and television usage, should be less than 1 hour per day for children 2 decades or older and avoided in children 18 to 24 months of age. Children younger than 5 years must play computer or video games only if they are developmentally appropriate, and they need to be accompanied by the parent or caregiver. The usage of media together with caregiver interaction is necessary to reducing negative media effects on the young mind.
Look for toys that encourage the kid to be both emotionally and physically active.