What toy would a toddler love?

Top four tips to consider when buying toys

By Alexandra Smith
What 'toys' do children see adults using?
1) Look at what your child plays with in toddler groups for a clue on what to buy.  Usually the most popular toys are the role play ones.  Children enjoy cooking, driving cars and talking on phones because that's what they see their parents doing (so set a good example and let them see you looking at books).  If there is something you'd like your child to enjoy then buy the relevant toy. This may just be a pretend tool set or vacuum cleaner but at least it'll encourage them to help you when they're a bit older and they can get their toy out rather than hurting themselves getting in among yours. Remember, buying a plastic medical kit or mini racing car won't guarantee your child's future career but it might be a start.

What will help your child learn?
2) Let your child play with the toy you're thinking of getting while you walk around the store. If they're happy to give it up at the end of the shop then you don't need it. While we're on the subject, get your child used to browsing in shops without buying anything.  This means they can go to a toy shop just to play without feeling low if they leave empty handed.

3) Remember, they're not all bargains just because they're in a 'sale.'  The best buys can often be found in charity shops or car boot sales.  Purchase toys you can put in a washing machine or wipe with antibacterial spray if you're worried about them being second hand. To avoid having too many toys littering your home, look out for 'toy libraries' or 'toy swapping' in your area (some public libraries and children's centres run these free schemes).

What toys will you and your child enjoy
playing with?
4) The leading brands usually make the best quality toys so look out for sales. Often a product gets altered from time to time so the older version is sold off cheaply; it's just a case of catching it before it's gone.  Your relatives and friends will thank you when you hand down quality toys years later whereas the 'cheaper' toys will probably have been broken or binned.  You may find that the best toys double up as a role play and an educational toy.  Toys which ask your child 'What shape is the orange?' or 'How many red forks are there?' are pretty good to have around at times when you're too busy to ask these things yourself.


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Disclaimer: These tips are created from lessons I have learnt during my own experience.  With regard to the content and advice on this blog, Alexandra Smith makes no representations or warranties about its accuracy, reliability or suitability for anyone. Any reliance you place on the blog or its content is at your own discretion and in no event will Alexandra be liable for any loss, damage or injury in connection with your use.

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