A great toy becomes a childhood friend and lifelong memory. If the toy is a bad one it quickly gets discarded and never heard from again. Use these following ideas of Shopping to prevent this from happening.
- Consider where the toys will be played with. If it’s a big toy, there should be quite a bit of space so the kid can have fun with it safely. There should be sufficient space for it to be put away when the child is not playing with it.
- Keep the warranty for any toy that you purchase. Just like any other product, your toy purchase should be covered for poor craftsmanship. If your child accidentally drops the toy, you likely won’t be covered, but random breaking should never occur. If it breaks, be prepared with the warranty to make a call to the manufacturer.
- Make sure that you check out yard sales when looking for toys. No one stays a young child for very long. Kids outgrow toys as they grow up. Therefore, you can often score great deals at yard sales. Shop at yard sales instead of purchasing a new toy.
- Do you have a little scientist at home? If so, you may be interested in Skyrocket’s attachable microscope. This microscope attaches to your smartphone or tablet, allowing youngsters to zoom in on spiders, bugs and more. This technology allows the child to take video or pictures using the smartphone’s built in camera.
- Give your young child toys that can help him build his gross motor skills. Bouncing or playing catch with a large ball can help him improve his hand-eye coordination. A smaller ball with a squishy texture can strengthen his grip. A rocking horse can help your child develop his balance.
- Do not buy younger toddlers any toys which contain removable batteries or magnets. Both of these things can be incredibly bad if swallowed. It’s your job to make sure the toy you are buying meets the proper safety standards for a child of your age. Read the labels of the toy precisely.
- Make a list of the toys you want to get. When you get to the toy store, you may be distracted by everything you see, but stick to the reason you’re at the toy store. A list will also ensure that you don’t leave without the toys your children may have requested.
- Throw away any plastic packaging from a toy, immediately. These pieces can cause fatalities in children. There are risks in packaging for age appropriate toys. Potential plastic dangers include suffocation and choking; make sure tiny pieces are thrown away before they can get lost and rediscovered later.
- Look to the reviews for toys online before you buy anything. Amazon.com and other online retailers often are chock full of reviews from adults just like you. They’ll tell you what to expect much more so than the promotional material and signage that accompanies the toy in the store.
- Routinely look at the shape your kids’ toys are in. Kids can often play rather rough with their toys. Sometimes, the toys simply get worn out from natural wear and tear. Small broken pieces can create a safety hazard if they are swallowed. Inspecting them frequently allows you to know the shape the toys are in, and whether or not they should be replaced.
- Does your child enjoying making a fort by placing sheets across furniture? Why not buy them the latest in camping gear? There are many options when it comes to camping gear, including sleeping bags, tents and battery operated lanterns. Purchase all of these for a truly unique experience for your child.
- Shop at stores that specialize in toys. These retailers are much more likely to have the toys you are looking for than one that only stocks a small toy section. They are also more likely to be able to answer your questions. They may even be able to order a toy for you if they do not have it in stock.
Armed with all of the information here, you should be ready to go out and buy some great toys. Such toys provide hours and hours of pleasure. Use the information from this article to purchase toys that will not just end up in a yard sale or the landfill.