16 Jul 2021

How To Choose The Right Toys For Your Kids

Toys are a great way to kickstart your child’s imagination and play. Different toys can be used to support your child’s development.

The best toys for children are ‘open-ended’, these toys spark your child's imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills. These are the toys that your child can use in lots of different ways. They encourage your child to use imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills.

Open-ended toys include:

1 . Blocks – your child can use blocks for stacking and building, make-believe and much more fun playing.

2 . Balls – they are great to bounce, look at, roll, hold and throw, your baby will be intrigued by everything a ball can do.

3 . Cardboard boxes – your child's imagination woll go wild with these! They can pretend these are shop counters, ovens, cars, boats, dollhouses and more.

4 . Dress-ups – Well of course, with some hand-me-down clothes and bits of fabric, your child can become anything or anyone.

5 . Crafty bits and pieces – children can get creative with coloured paper, stickers, crayons and washable markers. Children like getting their hands dirty, give them that luxury.

6 . Collections – Make your child collect buttons, beads or coins, and sort by colour, pattern, size or shape. Your child will feel smart and all grown up by doing this simple activity.

Use everyday household items as open-ended toys for your child's development and imagination. Make use of pots and pans, plastic containers, pegs, clothes baskets and blankets often make great Just make sure that any household items your child plays with are safe to avoid choking risks, sharp edges and other hazards. Choose toys based on your child's age, interests and stage of development.

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