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What Makes a Good Toy?
By Stevanne Auerbach   
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Last edited: Monday, October 29, 2012
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2000

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Play is the Work of Children and Toys are the Tools©

Play is very important and should be recognized as the "work of children" Children play constantly. They need different opportunities, variety, and good toys. We need to respect and understand more about the world of play.

Play is the Work of Children and Toys are the Tools©

Play is very important and should be recognized as the "work of children" Children play constantly. They need different opportunities, variety, and good toys. We need to respect and understand more about the world of play.

What Makes a Good Toy?

Toys are an important part of every child's life. It’s a wonderful feeling to give the right toy. Selecting one that's a hit is a challenge. With more than 300,000 toys and children’s products choices can be overwhelming.

Keep in mind these points before you buy any gift for your child. Think about your child's age, skills, needs and specific interests.

Select the toy or other product that fits your child now. Ask, Can my child benefit from this product? Will it help him learn a skill? Will she enjoy it and have fun? What abilities does he or she need to make the most of the toy? Select toys that offer a good balance to your Childs activities. A good variety of toys provide activity, creativity and learning.

Activity Toys develop coordination; improve small and large motor skills and balance. Begin with balls and beanbags; add a trike, bike, and skates. Then child will find Jump ropes, Hula Hoops and kites are fun. Check if your child is ready for the activity and knows the safety rules.

Creativity Toys stimulate self-expression. The child can draw pictures with crayons, finger-paints and watercolors. Put your child’s pictures up on a wall so others can admire his or her art work. Your child will find clay and PlayDoh fun. Crafts sets provide a lot of play value.

Learning Toys help children gain skills in many ways. Learning takes place in different forms. Books, tapes, software, CDs, puzzles and board games all contribute. The child needs to read books as well as software. Take time to read stories together. Talk about programs watched on TV. Play games and do puzzles.

Family Time will be more fun if you find new things to do and balance activities. The right toy at the right time can make a big difference.

Let's play!

Stevanne Auerbach,Ph.D./Dr. Toy www.drtoy.com 

Web Site: Dr. Toy's Guide


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Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 12/16/2005
Thanks for giving parents and teachers a 'toy guide'.
Reviewed by Cles Wilson 11/1/2002
Interesting article.
Reviewed by Tova Gabrielle 9/12/2002
Was just thinking how important toys are for my pets, now that my kids are out of the nest. This is a user-friendly introduction that seems as if it would benefit from a little playful scenario, y'know? Perhaps you could write some kind of spin for special toy needs?

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