Age-by-Age Toy Guide

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years)

By this age, children have the ability to kick a ball forward and to throw and catch a ball fairly consistently. For that reason, balls of all sizes are popular. At around age 3, your child will be able to trace a shape and scribble freely, so equip her with plenty of paper and crayons. A string of wooden beads is a good way to help enhance your child's hand-eye coordination. Friends are becoming increasingly important to children at this age, and interaction with other kids teaches the concepts of sharing and taking turns. Plus, another child provides a partner for imaginative play (kids this age love to pretend to be Mom or Dad or their favorite superheroes), so keep dolls and dress-up clothes on hand.

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