Families Online Magazine Ideas for Toys and Gifts for Kids

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Young Readers pre-school to grade 4

Age 8-10 Character Building Stories

Movies To Watch With Your ‘Tweens

Like a Maccabee A Middle-Grade Chapter Book

Teen Series

Tots to ‘Tweens Gift Ideas

Personalized Toys  and  Books

For example a Name Train and www.iseeme.com Personalized Children’s Books

Baby, Infant and Toddler Educational Toys

Educational baby videos & developmental toys to stimulate your baby’s growing mind!  Look for Baby Einstein, Fisher-Price, Brainy Baby, Bee Smart Baby, & more.

Kids Gift Guide

baby with toyBaby Gifts

0-3 months:  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 movement

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,

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Strollers, and car seats

Children Music and Videos

Kids Magazine — Encourage Reading

Stuffed Animals- Teddy Bears- Sesame Street

Travel Toys

Arts, Crafts, and Stickers

Educational Science Kits

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.

Age 3-5

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.

Age 6-12

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.

Christine Lorenzen

Christina Lorenzen specializes in parenting and health issues. In addition to this column, she is also a columnist for Connecting Home magazine.
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