What toys do you buy? Tips for Parents

By guest Ana Elisa Villalaz

One of the key tools to stimulate and promote the development of a child’s play. This is the fastest, practical and fun way to learn something new or reviewing information already learned. The “funny” touch allows a particular child in the inner magic to wake up and this makes the learning process a pleasant and attractive.
Through play we do is encourage the development of:
• The exploratory and functional play: to know the world and how it works
• Concrete game: objects conducts construction and destruction
• Symbolic play: participates imagination and spontaneous
• regulated Game: Following rules and instructions that are already incorporated in the game or the players invent every time you play.
Each of the stages of the game are often related to the chronological age of the child, ie when we know how old the child, then we know the type of game you are experiencing. However, this does not work like a recipe, since children who have a developmental delay or maturation process is slower than expected for their age (whether the child is diagnosed or not) require that adult properly observe at what time or stage the child then choose a toy that is really useful for the child and that this toy will stimulate their learning process is.
Some practical recommendations for parents and adults who have children around and are interested in maximizing development children are:
1- Look at the child knows his age, interests and concerns.
2- Identify the type of game that this child is experiencing at this time of his life.
3. If your child has a diagnosis or difficulty identified in its development process, get informed in an appropriate manner on the subject. Create different toys to adapt to the needs of child forms.
4- Think before you act: Read labels before buying toys. Rely on the resources that are available through the internet to learn more about the toy and how to use it.
5- Make sure the toys are appropriate for the child’s age and that there is potential danger in using them. Avoid small or sharp parts (taking into account the child’s age).
6- Look for toys that promote the relationship between family members. Read carefully the evidence of use.
7- Diversity of game types, colors, sounds, shapes, textures, smells, uses, are characteristics that we consider essential in the group of toys who has a child, that is stimulating their senses from different points of view.
8- Choose games that help children solve problems and be taught how to make decisions.
9- Playing is fun. Be careful not to choose toys that generate stress, which arouse intense fear and aggression.Consider the quality.
10- toy based on price and considers that toys are rotated according to the age and interests of the child, most are temporary and are not retained for long.

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