Choosing Toys for Children

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Toys

Some experts consider play time to be work for children, a critical part of their development. As work, kids need the right tools to get the job done well: good toys. We've selected some helpful Web sites that can teach you the importance of "child's play" and how to equip your kids with safe toys that will keep them happy, engaged, and active.

Choosing Toys for Children

Finding great toys for kids isn't exactly rocket science but it does take some thought. The age, interests, and abilities of the child are all important considerations because a toy that's too advanced may become frustrating, and toys that are too simple may quickly get boring. The sites in this section discuss childhood development and can help you assess what toys may be a good fit for your child.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Publications like Parents magazine and Parenting magazine devote entire sections of their sites to child development and toy selection for kids.
  • Product reviews can tell you a lot about an item before you purchase it, and most online stores include customer ratings and comments. If customer reviews are sparse at the site you're using or you'd like some professional reviews, see our findingDulcinea Product Reviews Web Guide for some excellent review sites.
  • Online toy stores divide their toys into categories in several ways, including age group, gender, and type of toy. Many also have a "most popular" or "best sellers" section that may help you narrow down your options if you aren't sure what toy to buy or if you can’t remember the exact name of the trendy toy your child has been asking for.
  • Part of choosing safe toys involves being a diligent label reader. However, this article from Forbes warns that too many "blanket warnings" on products (eg., toys with small parts pose a choking hazard) could ultimately make the warnings seem meaningless.

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