Toys are meant to entertain children but most parents would like them to have some educational value as well. A toy that can do both is one that has more value than just a mindless noise maker. Parents choose toys for their children based on how much they can give back, how safe they are and of course, on the value for the price. Budgets are tight and toys have to be cost effective and long lasting because of that. There are some toys that are better than others in nearly every category.
Toys Based on Age: Before looking at the price of toys, it is important to choose the right toy for your child’s age group. A toy that is right for a toddler may be too “young” for an older child. An older child’s toy may not be safe for a toddler to play with. Always read the toy’s age labels for the recommended ages and safety suggestions before allowing your child to play with it.
Educational Toys That Teach History, Empathy and More: Dolls are often a good way to teach real life lessons of empathy and working with others. Specialized dolls that include dolls of differing abilities and appearances can teach children about others and how they handle their personal challenges without fear of being judged. Dolls can also teach about other cultures in a friendly, approachable manner.
American Girl Dolls, which include dolls with glasses, walkers, leg braces and more are a great way to introduce your child to conversations that are occasionally difficult to have. These as well as the outfits for American Girl dolls can also be used to make different eras of history come to life because there are many dolls that are dressed in period costumes. Those dolls often come with stories that explain their role in that historical period.
Finding the Best Prices: No matter what toy you decide on, there are a number of ways to make your purchase. The official sites of each toy ensures that you are getting the “real deal” but may also be the more expensive option. Other sites, including resellers like eBay and others can allow you to make these purchases with a deep discount. Always inspect toys, new and old before allowing your child to play with them and check them from time to time for missing parts.