While shopping toys for your little bundle of joy, you must have asked yourself these questions:
Is this toy apt for my child?
Are these meant only for big kids?
Will my child actually play with it?
This blog post has all the information you need to clear out your doubts for buying age-appropriate toys.
So let’s check it out!
How They Play: 0-12 Months
While starting on with this world, the first three months are all about observing things and surroundings. Try to buy toys that keep your little one engaged and promotes his interaction in a variety of ways. For example, during the first year, your baby’s vision is still developing. Toys that have bold patterns and bright colors will attract his attention at best and help in the development of his vision. Similarly, pick toys that make sounds when pressed or have different textures and materials in order to develop other senses like touch and hearing. Some suggestions are:
- Plush smileys
- Small fabric balls
- Soft toys like stuffed animals and dolls
How They Play: 1-2 Years
At this stage, when the senses of touch, vision, smell, taste, and hearing have developed, your baby can now learn about the concept of cause and effect. When a toy responds to his actions, the joy on his face is a wonderful sight to see. The best toys are the ones, which have some buttons to play music or a toy that pops out characters. Some other suggestions are
- Learning walker
- Push-pull toys
- Shape sorters
- Plush balls
- Simple musical instruments like tambourines and drums
How They Play: 2-4 Years
After the age of 2, your kid is acquiring his fine and gross motor skills. So the play at the age of 2-3 years becomes more purposeful. He can now make sense of the puzzles and board games. Soon you will also realize that your little one has started mimicking people. This mimicking is setting the stage for pretend play. The kids, in general, are extremely active at this stage, and it is the best time to introduce ride-on toys. The best toys for 2-3 years old kid are:
- Pretend play toys like doctor set
- Doll strollers
- Ride-on toys
- Building blocks
- Musical instruments with buttons and flashing lights
How They Play: 4-6 Years
There is tremendous room to learn about logics and to improve skills. Teaching maths and vocabulary through mini-computers and phonics boards are a great idea. Kids will start role-playing at this stage and they’ll fantasize about being police officers, doctors, teachers, etc. The best toys for this age bracket are:
- Art and craft kit
- Action figures
- Simple board games
- Soccer balls
- Barbie dolls and dress-up clothes
How They Play: 6-8 Years
6- 8 years is a stage when your bundle of joy is developing his own interests and likes. Children become a fan of video games, make-believe sets, board games and outdoor games. Some children ask for a particular toy and the reason being ‘because their friends have it!’. Kid musical sets and sports games are among the top choices of kids at this age. Some other favorites of kids aged between 6-8 years are:
- RC cars and vehicles
- Craft kits
- Video games
- Construction sets
How They Play: 8+ Years
After the age of 8, kids develop adult-like abilities and interests. Their hobbies turn to resemble the grown ups. From riding scooters to writing diaries, this stage is all about gaining a sense of competence and mastery. Kids love competing with their friends and play in groups. The best toys and games for this age bracket are:
- Computer and video games
- Elaborate science kits
- Model kits
Over to you! Let us know what toys and games your little one loves to play with in the comment section below.