Age Appropriate Toys
Toys are special and important for children . Children learn new skills and show different interests during different stages of development. Finding an age-appropriate toy means to find a toy that is a good match for their age, interest and the skills they are learning. It is also important for safety when children are young, so they are not exposed to toys that are to small and could result in a choking hazard. Here’s a guide to picking the right age appropriate toys for kids depending on the child’s age.
Appropriate Baby Toys for Newborns to 6 Months
Baby toys at this stage will stimulate the senses of sight, sound and touch. Baby toys are colorful, easy to hold, and often make noises. Rattles, Floor gyms ,Activity quilts, Teething toys, Cloth toys ,Musical and chimes,bouncer seats, playmats, teethers, soft toys, and sleep toys are some of the best age-appropriate toys for babies.
Appropriate Baby Toys for Ages 6-12 Months
When babies can sit up, they enjoy playthings they can manipulate — to bang, drop, stack up, put in and take out, and open and shut. Once they can crawl, “cruise” (walk while holding furniture) and walk, they enjoy things that move along with them. Toys that show cause and effect are also thrilling at this age. Babies are engaging more through laughing, babbling, sitting, rolling, crawling, pulling to stand at furniture, and maybe very close to taking their first steps! Age appropriate toys for babies at this age battery operated toys that play music or complete fun actions with the push of a button. Babies at this age also start dump and fill play, putting large toys in and out of containers. Push-pull toys,Busy boxes,Nesting and stacking toys,Simple shape sorters,Soft blocks ,Bath toys ,Simple musical instruments,Cloth and cardboard picture books.
Toys for Toddlers Ages 1 to 3 Years
Toddlers at this stage are full of energy, eager to explore everything around them. They love all kinds of physical activities like pulling, pushing, lugging, knocking down, emptying and filling. Toddlers are curious, and enjoy touching and investigating everything they see. It’s a wonderful age to learn, explore and discover. Age appropriate toys for toddlers are musical toys, outdoor toys, ride-on toys and simple construction toys like building blocks and puzzles. All of these toys.. encourage toddlers to release their energy and improve their fine motor and thinking skills.
Sorting and nesting toys
Hardback books with rounded edges
What to Avoid:
Small objects like marbles that fit through a toy-testing tube
Toys with small parts (such as batteries or loose magnets) that can be swallowed
Stuffed animals with loosely sewn-on parts that can be easily removed
Toys made with lead-based paint
Age-Appropriate Toys for Preschoolers Ages 3 to 5 Years
Preschoolers love toys that stimulate the imagination and offer a challenge. Innovative use of technology in toys has ensured hours of fun for this age group. Age appropriate toys for preschoolers include a wide range of choices like simple board games, bikes, arts and crafts activities,construction toys, educational tablets, and pretend play sets that feature their favorite television characters.
Basic board games.
Dress-up clothes, accessories, and props to assist with pretend play
Large crayons, pencils, paints, blunt-edge scissors, glue, and other art supplies
Basic musical instruments
Outdoor toys, like a sandbox, pail, and shovel
Puppet theaters and puppets
Ride-on toys. and are used on flat, smooth surfaces under your supervision.
Tricycles or bicycles with training wheels (plus a helmet and your supervision)
Wooden train sets
What to Avoid:
Remote control toys operated without parental supervision
Sharp-edged objects such as standard scissors
Toys made with lead-based paint
The Best Toys for Kids Ages 5-8
Kids in their early elementary school age years are very curious, want to explore, invent, create and conquer. The holidays are magical. Age appropriate toys for elementary school age kids allow them to use their imagination, but many still enjoy dolls, superhero action figures,tabletsand board games.
Toys for Ages 9 to 12
Age appropriate toys for kids 9 to 12 allow children to demonstrate their personality. Kids love playing fast-paced games, learning to play musical instruments, are efficient at using tablets, like listening to music and playing silly party games. Games that allow children to use complicated problem solving skills to build robots are also popular.
Toys for Teens Ages 13 and Over
Teens often prefer electronic toys like mobile phones, tablets, and video games, but there are many other hot, new toys that appeal to them, too. It is popular for teens to want to ride electric scooters, sing karaoke with their friends,fly drones, construct LEGO sets, collect movie memorabilia, code robots to follow their every command and engage in active NERF blaster games with their friends and family.