When looking at buying toys for your child you have to consider your childs age and what they will learn from the toy. Even the smallest of toys may serve a purpose for teaching your child something even if it simply counting or staking. Building blocks are ideal for very small children as they help them to recognize shapes, colors and sizes. They also have to learn to stack them and what happens when they fall. You can begin to buy educational toys at a very young age for your child as they will love the challenge the toy brings.
Since ancient times, kids have played with simple playthings made from natural objects. They might play with rocks, grass, wood scraps or just games with each other to keep themselves busy. Sticks or rocks could represent soldiers or castles. Or a trinket could be fashioned from them. Historically, parents would create playthings for their kids like dolls, play guns, or rocking horses.
In the late 19th century, companies began making toys from new materials in mass. Many were made from plastic and metal as well as the traditional wood. Rather than playing with home made toys, kids started buying them from a store. Many classic toys have survived to modern times. Favorites like rocking horses, play guns, and dolls are still widely popular today. But as culture has changed, so have trends in playthings. Rocking horses and play guns are no longer as necessary in preparing kids for adulthood. Our daily lives are more centered around technology and analytical skills rather than hunting or physical ability. Popular modern developmental toys reflect that.
During this stage your baby will gain better head control and have better movement of arms and legs. They generally grip onto anything they can get their hands on and put it directly into their mouth. Educational toys like rattles promote motor development and provide sensory stimulation. Since everything ends up in the mouth, educational toys that are chewable or soft plush are favorites. Babies need to experience different textures so vary the materials educational toys are made of. Activity centers provide lots of stimulation at this age. These educational toys normally have lots of buttons that produce sounds, lights, and give a variety of textures to explore. Hand-eye coordination will improve as babies explore the activity center. Parents are often on the move more with babies at this age. Activity bars that fit across a stroller, car seat, or bouncy chair that have dangling, squeaky toys and mirrors keep baby stimulated while on the move. Motor skills develop as baby reaches, hits, pulls, and kicks at the accessories on these educational toys.
Also consider a childs interest. A child could be interested more in sports than in music or art for example. Observe if he likes to bang things more than scribble. Try to get an idea of your childs field before buying educational toys. Let your childs imagination work. Childrens play is often centered on their little worlds, and getting their minds working creatively greatly stimulates and develops their minds. The more the toy encourages creative thinking and make-believe, the better. Toys that are good at this are building blocks, arts and crafts, coloring books, stuffed animals, doll set, action figures, cars, and science and discovery toys like binoculars, archeology tools, veterinarian kits, habitats, and the likes.