Here are some important facts you need to know before buying toys this season:
EVERY CHILD IS A UNIVERSE WITH INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS AND SKILLS
You need to get to know your child first, before buying toys that might end up standing on a shelf.
- Listen to your children.
- Pay attention to their interests, their skills, their knowledge.
- Be aware that PLAY is a fundamental part of every child's good and balanced development.
- Be aware of the different types of play and what each type fosters in your child.
- Allow your children to be independent and play freely. They need plenty of time for free play.
- look for a balance in the types of play your child is doing but remember to respect their individuality and interests.
TYPES OF PLAY:
- Active Play
- Creative Play
- Learning/cognitive Play
- Make believe Play
TOYS are tools we use to facilitate PLAY
Toys need to be:
- Related to one or more types of play
Offer potential for interaction with others
- “Age appropriate” or better said: Appealing and interesting to the child, Suited for the child’s physical capabilities, Suited for the child’s mental and social development
- Be careful with trends
- it is true your child might have certain interests but it is also true interest change and we can be interested in more than one thing.
- Be careful with brands
- Not all brands are researched based and information on age might be mistaken
- You can find similar toys for better prices and have your child equally engaged with the toy.
Take advantage of the season and teach values to your children
- Make a big deal with the act of giving:
- Have your children participating in choosing presents for others
- Verbalize the good feeling involved in giving to others
- Have your children donate some of their good but not in use toys
- Make a big deal with the act of receiving:
- Have your children enjoying each present at a time
- Encourage good manners giving thanks
- If possible have people giving presents tell the story of how they found it and why they wanted to give a present to your child
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Have a playful season!