Best Toys and Gifts for Kids by Age
Families Online Magazine Recommended Toys and Gifts for Kids
All of these book have been reviewed and approved by our advisors
Young Readers pre-school to grade 4
Cartoon Character Toys, DVD’s, Backpacks, Video’s and more
Personalized Toys – Books
– Name Train and more
Baby, Infant and Toddler Eductional Toys
offers educational baby videos & developmental toys to stimulate your baby’s growing mind! Featuring Baby Einstein, Fisher-Price, Brainy Baby, Bee Smart Baby, & more.
- cloth or vinyl books, unbreakable mirror, rattle socks
0-6 months: play mat with objects to bat at, toys that shake, rattle, and roll to experiment with, the Zoom Spoon– encourages positive mealtimes and childrens’ literacy (can be found at www.zoomspoon.com)
6-9 months: plastic blocks, pop-up toys (ex. Jack in the Box), bath toys
9-12 months: push/pull toys, cardboard and interactive books,
Kids Gift Ideas
Strollers, and car seats
Children Music and Videos
Kids Magazine — Encourage Reading
Stuffed Animals- Teddy Bears- Sesemee Street
Arts, Crafts and Stickers
Toy Buying Tips by Child Age Groups
Under Age 3
Children under 3 tend to put everything in their mouths. Avoid buying toys intended for older children which may have small parts that pose a choking danger.
Never let children of any age play with uninflated or broken balloons because of the choking danger.
Avoid marbles, balls, and games with balls, that have a diameter of 1.75 inches or less. These products also pose a choking hazard to young children.
Children at this age pull, prod and twist toys. Look for toys that are well-made with tightly secured eyes, noses and other parts.
Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
Avoid toys that are constructed with thin, brittle plastic that might easily break into small pieces or leave jagged edges.
Look for household art materials, including crayons and paint sets, marked with the designation “ASTM D-4236.” This means the product has been reviewed by a toxicologist and, if necessary, labeled with cautionary information.
Teach older children to keep their toys away from their younger brothers and sisters.
For all children, adults should check toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards.
Damaged or dangerous toys should be repaired or thrown away.
If buying a toy gun, be sure the barrel, or the entire gun, is brightly colored so that it’s not mistaken for a real gun.
If you buy a bicycle for any age child, buy a helmet too, and make sure the child wears it.
Teach all children to put toys away when they’re finished playing so they don’t trip over them or fall on them.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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