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There are hundreds of different types of toys to choose from, including dolls, cars, building blocks, bath toys, action figures, and outdoor toys. Children can learn a lot through play, and therefore it’s good to have a variety of toys for them to play and explore with. There are several things to consider when purchasing kids toys that just might help narrow down your search:

What toys are best for my child?

One of the first things you should consider is the age of the child; toddler and baby toys are very different from children’s toys. With a baby, soft, plush cuddly toys are always a safe option, and large plastic or wood building blocks are good fun to play with. Rattles and teething toys are good too, but for younger children, safety comes first: avoid toys with small pieces, toxic materials and sharp edges. When it comes to kids, board games, DIY kits and Lego or other building toys are always popular. Since their personalities and interests are starting to develop, pick out something that suits them: A little boy who loves cars might like that toy car or racing car track, while a little girl into art would love a DIY necklace kit or colouring book.

In the end, be sure to avoid buying overpriced, flashy toys for younger children. Because they are still learning and growing, kids can often be careless with toys, and will most likely break more than a few over the years. And even if you get them that solar system kit or kid-size guitar they really want, they might move on from that astronomer or rock-star dream in a few days. Because their tastes are constantly changing, wait on larger purchases until they’re older and their interests are more defined.

What are some fun educational toys?

While it’s important to consider the fun factor, you should also try to fit in some educational finds. Electronic readers, science kits and books with colours, numbers or animals are easy to find and often just as fun as more traditional toys. With educational video games and board games, you can even make learning a family affair.
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