Toy Shopping Tips
The next time you're feeling overwhelmed at the toy store, remember this advice from Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, author of Smart Play Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ. [play quotient]
- Think sensory. Bright colors stimulate vision; rattles make an interesting noise.
- Stock the basics. Every child should have a puppet, a rattle, a doll, and something with wheels, either a truck or a push toy.
- Consider age-appropriateness. Yes, your baby boy will love a train set. But wait until he's old enough so that the parts don't pose a hazard.
- Beware of one-trick ponies. You press a button and the toy makes noise. Within seconds, your child is on to something else. Instead, think of open-ended toys such as blocks, Play-Doh, or string beads.