Children during their growing up years cannot do without toys and always want more of them. However, as parents do we buy just about any toy that catches our child’s fancy or do we look for something more? Here are top five things that you must consider while selecting a toy for your child:
Durability and Safety – Most children have the tendency of using their toys for purposes other than just playing. This leads to wear and tear very quickly especially if the toy is a favourite with your child. Several toy companies therefore focus on making toys that would last for years no matter how or what children do to them. Quality of the toy then becomes extremely important as it’s your child’s safety which is also at stake here. Poor quality could become a safety hazard. Several toy companies such as Funskool and Frank Toys are registered with the Sports Goods Export Promotion Council (SGEPC), a Government of India sponsored organization that considers safety and learning of prime importance in toys manufactured by Indian companies.
Educational and Entertainment Value – This is crucial especially during the toddler years and between ages 4 – 8 when toys are used to engage children and help them learn basic things such as recognize alphabets, sounds, shapes, numbers etc, learn new languages in a fun way and discover hidden principles of science.
Price – When it comes to pleasing their child, parents generally do not consider how much the toy costs. However, since there are many companies that manufacture the same toy often the price varies from company to company.
Ease of Use – Buying toys that need multiple batteries or need to be assembled by an adult before they can be handed over can be a very frustrating experience for a child who is not willing to wait a moment. Toys that can function without batteries at least to an extent are the best option in a situation like this.
Innovation and Creativity – Since children get bored very quickly, the toy you buy for your child should be such that each time the child decides to play with the toy he/she discovers something new that engages the child and helps him/her to learn more.