Toys are popular gifts for kids but they are not all created equal. While toys offer an opportunity for play, an essential activity for children and teens, some are better than others at building creativity, intelligence, and knowledge. “Dr. Toy,” aka Stevanne Auerbach, has explained that a good toy can “expand imagination in art, crafts, hobbies, language, reading, music, movement, and drama.”
Here are four important questions to ask before you buy a toy for a special child in your life:
1. Is the toy safe?
2. Is the toy fun?
3. Is the toy age appropriate?
4. Is the toy durable?
We’ve reviewed the research and want to share FIVE SMART TOYS you can buy for the special children in your life. In this first list, we will list five excellent toys for preschoolers.
#5 – Peaceable Kingdom Write & Wipe Games to Go (Manufacturer Recommended for Ages 3-6)
#4 – Schylling ABC Big Blocks – 48 Piece Wood Alphabet Blocks (Manufacturer Recommended for Ages 19 months+)
#3 – Code Hopper, Jump into Coding Fun! STEM activity game toy introduce preschoolers to computer coding (Manufacturer Recommended for Ages 3 and up)
#2 – Kidzlane Durable Piano Mat, 10 Selectable Sounds, Play and Record, Dance and Learn (Manufacturer Recommended for Ages 2-5)
#1 – Kids First Science Laboratory Kit (Manufacturer Recommended for Ages 3-5)
All five of these educational toys can provide hours of fun for the favorite preschooler in your life. Who knows, maybe as they get older they will make a scientific discovery, write beautiful music, or develop computer code? Maybe they will simply have fun with these gifts that will engage their minds rather than numb them.