Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child's development. Choose toys with care. Keep in mind the child's age, interests and skill level. Look for quality design and construction in all toys for all ages. Make sure that all directions or instructions are clear - to you, and, when appropriate, to the child. Plastic wrappings on toys should be discarded at once before they become deadly playthings. Be a label reader. Look for and heed age recommendations, such as "Not recommended for children under three." Look for other safety labels including: "Flame retardant/Flame resistant" on fabric products and "Washable/hygienic materials" on stuffed toys and dolls.
Play teaches children how to interact with others and learn about the world. The toys you select for your young child affect his development. Your child's current developmental stage plays a major role in toy selection. Observe the skills he is currently learning, such as fine motor skills, letter recognition, counting, self-care and language development, as a guide for selecting toys that enhance those skills
The toys need to be interesting and appealing to a young child, they do not have a very large attention span. The toys should also be well suited for the age group you are selecting toys for. They cannot be too complicated and be well suited to the child’s physical capabilities. If the toy is painted, it must be with nontoxic lead free paint and must be able to be cleaned easily. For electronic toys, they should be approved by the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) which is where they test to make sure that all electronic toys are safe for young children.
You should check to make sure that the toys you are selecting have not been recalled by the manufacturers which you can do by checking online at the Consumer Product Safety Commission Website.
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