When you have too many choices – it just becomes all the more confusing, doesn’t it? This is all the truer when it comes to choosing toys for children. Both online and offline there are so many options available that it leaves a parent befuddled. Children love a trip to the toy store more than their parents, don’t they? They want everything in sight and if you don’t comply you’re going to have a toddler tantrum right there in the toy store. Whether you’re choosing a toy online or offline, do consider the following points before making a purchase.
Age of your child.
As a parent, we sometimes overlook this critical safety aspect when it comes to deciding which games to buy. Most toys and games have clearly specified age groups mentioned and them. This is especially important for children less than 3 years old as some of the small parts of the toys pose as choking hazards. Moreover, you wouldn’t want your toddler to become overwhelmed by the age-inappropriate game and consequently losing interest in it.
Interest of your child
Parents are most suited to understand their child’s interest and buy games that he or she would most
enjoy. With the raging gender debate extending to G.I. Joes and Barbie dolls, don’t limit your young one’s
horizons. Be it a boy or a girl allows them to pick whatever games that catch their fancy, without
enforcing your worldview on what is acceptable.
Material of the games
With so many toys being recalled in the past few years, even by reputed toy brands, it is an additional parental responsibility to ensure that the games we are buying are not made of hazardous materials. They are many new brands offering wooden toys and games for kids made with toxic free paints, which are better suited for young children. Nontoxic BPA free and plastic games are also available in the market.
Space and clutter
This is usually a secondary consideration for most parents, but considering our shrinking real estate space, this is slowly becoming a reality. Bulky games that take up precious closet space can be avoided. And even if you do have space, try to opt for games that are clutter free. Trust us, it’s really painful stepping on a misplaced Lego.
We wish the world for our children, but it’s never too soon to start teaching your child frugality. The most expensive games may not always be the right way to go. Depending on these parameters you can choose from different games available for kids.How do you decide which game to pick for your child? Share with us in comments below.
Anjana Bhartia is a mommy blogger at MommyRepublic.in. She describes herself as an
imperfect mom stumbling through motherhood, discovering the joys of natural and attachment parenting along the way.