How cute when our children, nephews or grandchildren have fun and do not get tired of playing with the toy we give them! How to find perfect educational toys for children and surprise them?
No matter if it is expensive or cheap if the public shows that it is hilarious, if it is “educational” or if it is for boy or girl, the only thing that should matter is that, complying with the safety conditions, it is a gift that the boys enjoy very much.
Here are some examples of age-appropriate educational toys for your kids that can serve as inspiration for the perfect gift:
From 1 to 3 months
Fabric books or figures with drawings or black and white images to stimulate the vision of the newborn.
Unbreakable mirror attached to the inner wall of the cradle.
Varied music (today there are very interesting singers with melodies that love babies).
4 to 7 months
Softballs, especially those that emit soft and pleasant sounds when moving them.
Baby books made of vinyl, thick cardboard or cloth.
Toys that emit sounds like maracas, tambourines, bells, etc…
Toy for a bathtub, floating, that can be tightened and/or filled with water.
Gym or didactic blanket.
8 to 12 months
Toys that can be stacked, of different shapes, colors and sizes as large fabric blocks.
Cups, buckets and other unbreakable containers.
Large dolls and puppets.
Books with small windows.
Toys & Hobbies.
Educational Toys for Children support pushing or pulling.
Balls of all sizes (not so small, to prevent it from beating).
Cars, trucks and other toy vehicles made of some flexible material and without any peelable parts or parts.
From 12 to 24 months
Toys for digging (shovel, bucket, rake).
Outdoor games: slide, hammock, sandpit, etc.
Tricycle for Beginners.
Toys that encourage them to play imitate situations of everyday life (kitchen, telephone, vacuum cleaner, etc.).
Animals and/or stuffed animals.
Dolls and puppets of all sizes.
Large stacking cubes and fabric or material for this age.
Educational Toys with pieces to build (taking care that parts are not so small to avoid accidents).
Cardboard or cloth house, where you can hide, take your toys and have fun inside the fantasy house.
Music for dancing and singing.
Farms with animals.
Dolls and accessories for dolls.
Carts for carrying things.
Games with dough, clay, plasticine.
Simple board games like cards, ludo, dominoes.
Puzzles (with 20 or 30 large pieces that represent a challenge for the child but can put everything together).
Clothing for disguise.
A basketball game.
Plastic bowling set.
Bicycle with wheels.
Slate / Magic Slate.
Toys for making bubbles.
Paintings, brushes, watercolors, cases.
Books with short stories and drawings, to color or paste pictures.
Toys and dolls for arm and disarm.
Puppet theater and puppets.
Colored pencils and crayons.
Board games where they have a challenge according to their age and skill (fish, arrange pieces so they do not fall, etc.)
Karaoke with microphone.
Craft toys and adult activities such as tool boxes, nurse, doctor, etc.
Games to organize: towns, garages, cities, farms, etc.
Games based on sports such as ball, soccer bow, basketball hoop, racket, etc.
All kinds of costumes and makeup boxes.
Games and accessories of explorers (binoculars, lantern, walkie-talkie, etc.)
Tracks for cars, trains with tracks.
Games of visual memory.
Jump rope, elastic.
Templates and molds for drawing and painting.
6 to 8 years
Arming or Pasting Sets.
All kinds of instruments: guitar, harmonica, organ, battery, etc.
Sets for sewing or weaving.
Accounts and threads for making bracelets, necklaces, etc.
Make-up, combing games.
Games for crafts such as cold ceramics to create shapes and dolls of greater difficulty and then paint.
Games for painting with tempera, watercolor, etc.
Gardening games to plant your own little plant.
Cooking games with simple recipes to do with parental supervision.
More complex table games to share with family and friends (naval battle, cards, domino, etc.)
Digital games (link to video games)
What to keep in mind when choosing educational toys for children?
Finding the ideal educational toys for children is a task that needs time and attention because among so many advertising stimuli, prices and fashions sometimes it is difficult not to get dizzy and choose well. As a guide, parents, uncles or grandparents can rely on these tips to find the perfect toy:
- In principle it is fundamental to look and give importance to the safety indications of the toy, also verifying that it is indicated for the age of the baby or child.
- Do not buy toys in non-specialized establishments and opt for responsible stores where original toys are sold and where they can inform, advise, know the origin of the toy and enable a future change or claim if necessary.
- Choose toys that allow the protagonist of the child and an active attitude to really be stimulating and fun for them, avoiding that they become mere spectators of the toy.
- Do not choose toys solely because of their instructive or “educational” nature. The toy should be fun and interesting for the child, and if it is not, it does not fulfill its purpose.
- Try not to get carried away by advertising, which can often be misleading. Although it has to be taken into account to know what is in the toy stores or what can get to like the boys, do not necessarily have to buy that is fashionable or is constantly repeated in the advertising guidelines.
- Do not buy a particular toy because it is expensive. The price does not go hand in hand with fun or quality. A cheap toy can be a lot of fun for the kids and an expensive, sophisticated and complex toy may not be enriching.
- Do not decide based on your own taste: choosing based on what you played or liked to do as a boy is not always the best option because times have changed and the tastes of the boys, in part, too.
- Knowing what you are buying: whether it is a game for consoles, a toy or a board game, it is important for adults to know how it works, how it is played, what the characters are, rules, etc. Because there are games with slogans that are not suitable or ideal for children.
- Choose a toy that is not sexist, warlike, violent or that transmits values contrary to those inculcated at home.
- Do not always give away a similar toy or the same type of play every time. Variety helps the child enjoy diverse experiences and stimulates their development from different points of view.