When it comes to toys for children that will both stimulate and educate while maintaining a high level of safety, there is a lot of choice available both in stores and online. Of course the choice varies for boys and girls and at such young ages, the children ranging from 1-5 years will outgrow certain toys at a rapid rate.
There will be a difference between the toys for children that are to be kept at home and those that are provided in childcare centres. The centres will usually go with toys that are a little more robust and easier to clean as they will be used by more children on a much more frequent basis.
Of course as the decades roll by the choice of toys will change. Technology is playing a bigger part than ever now in the toy industry with children as young as 3 years old owning their own tablets. Childcare centres should adopt more traditional toys because of this as many of these encourage interaction and physical activity.
Plastic toys are much cheaper and less likely to break or course damage so these are an excellent choice for child day care centres. Especially as they come in a wide range of colours which children enjoy working with and amongst.
Wooden toys are good for variety too but are a lot more expensive to purchase initially. These are heavier too so certain purchases may be best to make as a choice and then they can be brought out for different children of different ages. Wooden toys may be a hazard to younger children due to their weight. Care must also be taken when purchasing wooden toys as quality is a must. Any splinters or split wood could injure the child, especially as the toy ages and becomes worn.
The toddlers in the group will want to play with toys that are lighter in weight in general as sometimes they tend to throw toys (and it’s no fun when these are aimed at other children). A few key items are good to get such as bean bags and soft toys which children of either gender can play with. From there, building blocks are always fun so it’s worth the investment. These range in sizes which is important as much younger children may try to swallow smaller building blocks such as Lego.
Costumes for girls and boys that are kept in a costume chest are always a good idea as they encourage drama games and interaction which will bring the imagination of your children to life. Girls may want to play with dolls and boys may prefer toy cars or action hero’s so there will always be a preference of which is best depending on the child’s personality.
As a general rule story books are an excellent accompaniment to any child care centre. Puzzles are great too as they encourage learning and ride along plastic vehicles will ensure hours of fun.