Children just love toys. For years, every child around the world longs for the two most important dates in the world -- their birthday and Christmas time.
It's because they know that they will receive presents from you during their birthdays and from jolly old St. Nicholas during the holiday season.
While you are delighted to see your children's faces light up when they receive their gifts, there are also times when you worry because of the kind of toys that your child receives.
Some toys nowadays are no longer educational and can be potentially hazardous to children. There are news that some toys are made from toxic chemicals.
Such toys are quite harmful should small children place them in their mouths. There are also toys that are no longer educational.
As parents, we feel that toys should have educational value. So the first thing that comes into mind when shopping for a birthday or Christmas gift are educational toys.
You should also consider the age group. Infants and toddlers would benefit from story books and large, soft toys made from safe plastic or cloth.
A good friend of mine had a brilliant idea; she asked a friend of hers how to make a toy block made of cloth. The block had big and colourful pictures of animals and when she plays with her baby boy, she would tell him the names of the animals on each block.
You really don't have to buy a toy! You can make one yourself!
For small children ranging from 3 years old to 8 years old, colouring books that feature their favourite cartoon characters can help stimulate their creativity.
Lego blocks are a great idea and there are different Lego blocks for each age group.
My two year old daughter enjoys creating different stuff with her Lego blocks. Another type of educational toys are board games.
Monopoly and Scrabble are some of the best educational board games. Monopoly helps young children understand the value of economy while Scrabble enhances their language skills.
If you have to buy a video game for your kids, there are games that can also help them utilize creativity as well as let them engage in physical activity, like the sports games featured in the Ninetendo Wii.
Sadly, not all video games have educational value, so if you are aiming to give your children the best educational toys, then you know that buying them video consoles is not a good idea.
While most parents would just give their children any toy that they wish, it would do better to give your children the best educational toys as early as possible.
Studies say that children who grew up learning while playing are said to perform better in school from their primary years until they grow up.
Teach your child to play and learn with the best... educational toys.
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