There are innumerable varieties of play stuff in the market for every age group. They are of various makes, sizes and usages; purchasing of “educational” or “developmental” toys has gone up with more and more parents being concerned about their children’s emotional progress from a tender age. Some parents prefer wooden and clay makes instead of plastic. That is actually a positive development. There are many things to take in to consideration when you are buying items for your kids to play with.
Time period and usability
Most toys have an age group for which it is suitable for; it will be mentioned in the packaging. When you are buying these make sure they are of maximum period. For example if a notice says it is good for kids between 3-9 months, that means it can be used for just 6 months which is a waste of money. Also talk with your friends who have kids elder to yours. They may have good advice on what to buy, which brands are good and which ones to avoid. They would also give you tips on where to purchase a special gift should you need to, such as a personalised jigsaw puzzle.
Obviously, you have to check the safety features. Toys with small removable parts pose choking hazards. Focus on buying developmental toys after doing some research. There are recommended playthings for different age groups and for when your kid meets some milestones such as recognizing colours and sounds etc. Buying a limited number of toys is also important. It can’t be all play even for a toddler.
This is a major issue you face when you have kids at home. No matter how you stack them up, your kids are going to make a mess out of their cars, dolls, balls and whatnot. Therefore best thing is not to stack them! Do buy a wooden toy box to keep all these in. Better wooden than plastic due to sustainability issues and you can reuse it when kids grow up to keep books even. Train your kids to take them out, play with them and put them back in the box. You can push the box under a bed or a cupboard space under stairs if it fits. Having a designated time for each “sort of” play also can help. For example, you do not read in the evening; or the train set can be taken out only in the morning. These types of “rules” might not last long and even might not work, but you can give it a try!
Organizing and keeping things neat and clean should be trained from the early ages. Although toys are at times seen as parent’s enemies, same thing can be used to make children behave better. Give it a try with your kids and witness the amazing results.