Monday, February 4, 2019

Kids and Changing Toys: Get Back to Basics

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Environmental & Science Education
Early Childhood
Edward Hessler

For many of us this season of the year is a special time for kids and gifts.

The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that "Kids will be always kids, but their toys have changed―and it can be overwhelming! We are inundated with all kinds of sensory-stimulating noise and light toys, and digital media-based platforms with child-oriented software and apps."

The Academy has some recommendations which urge gift buyers to get back to basics in making selections for the traditional toy categories of pretend, manipulatives, art, language and physical activity (large motor).

The Academy includes toy shopping reminders, toy safety tips, a list of resources and an important thing to remember:  A certain toy is not necessary for your child to reach his or her next developmental milestone. There is no one app that will teach your child to read. While it's easy to fall victim to the marketing, you are your child's best teacher.

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