Choosing Appropriate Toys for Young Children Essay

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Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child, ECE 130 Graded Project #40502600 Where to begin when searching for safe and educational toys for young children? Several factors are to consider when choosing an appropriate toy for young children. A great resource is NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). NAEYC recommends, “safe toys for young children are well made (with no shared parts or splinters and do not pinch), painted with nontoxic, lead-free paint, shatter proof, and easily cleaned”. Other factors to consider are your child’s age, the parts of the toys, and the educational value. The labels found on toy packages can help you decide which toy is suitable for your child. A young infant is considered birth to 6 months old. Older infant is 7 to 12 months. A young toddler is 1 years old. An older toddler is 2 years old. A preschooler is 3 to 5 years old. While looking at the age recommendations on the toy’s label, you must also consider where your child is developmentally. Also found on these labels are warnings and precautions you should consider for your child. When purchasing a toy, you should consider the parts. How small is the toy? How small are the pieces? Can they come off easily? Is it durable? A good rule of thumb is, if it can fit through a paper towel tube then consider the toy too small and a choking hazard. Remember the educational value of a toy. Will it help the child to grow emotionally, physically, and intellectually? Can it challenge the child? Is it too complex or too simple? Can a child accomplish a particular skill or goal? Will this toy teach a child about a particular subject? How will your child interact with the toy? Imagine the fun and learning involved with a developmentally appropriate toy. Appropriate Toys for 3 to 5 Year Olds Lincoln Logs are miniature

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