When you were a kid, all you ever had to do was play the entire day. And with play comes the presence of toys. You might have believed that it was easy for your parents to buy the toys that you wanted but in fact, it wasn't. For sure, they spent a considerable amount of time for decision-making on whether or not a toy is pleasurable for you and will help you in your development.
Now that you are in your parent's shoes by being a parent yourself, you are faced with the task of choosing the right toys and those which your child will like. There is one thing that you should avoid doing when choosing toys for kids, and that is buying something which you think is wonderful. Take note these are the toys which YOU think are wonderful, not those toys which your child thinks are perfect for him. As parents, you might think that what you deem as wonderful would solicit the same reaction from your child; however, this is almost always not the case. Think of the generation gap you have with your kid - the toys you've enjoyed before won't be the same toys he will be enjoying today.
So, how do you go about choosing toys for your little tot? Easy, just observe your child on his preferred activities. For sure, your child will have some preferences on the things that he likes to play with or have current interests on certain TV shows. Based on your observations, you would somehow get a clue regarding the type of toys your child will enjoy. But observations are not enough. You have to take some factors into consideration to ensure that your child will enjoy the toy you will buy for him.
One important factor you should consider when choosing toys for kids is the age of the child who will play with the toy. Toy packaging will indicate the age for which the toy was designed for. Buying a toy that may be too advanced or too late for your child's age can result to injury or boredom, respectively. Therefore, you have to be very precise about toys for a certain age.
You should also buy toys appropriate for your child's gender. There are toys designed for each gender and if you choose a toy that seems to be for the opposite gender, it will end up being undesired by your child. You can also observe if your child shows interest in any of the toys that his playmate has. If he does, then it is most likely that he wants a toy similar to that of his friend's. Sometimes, your child will save you the headache of looking for a toy that he likes by telling you outright on what he exactly wants. But this just happens once in a blue moon when a child really wants a certain toy.
Most importantly, when buying toys for kids, you have to consider safety first. You should not overlook this fact because your child's wellbeing depends on this factor. Ensuring that the toy is also educational is another important factor to consider because it will aid develop the necessary skills for your child.
When you have the perfect toy for your child, make sure that you include yourself during play. This way your child will know that you are interested in his preferences and can serve as a bonding moment between you and him.