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Holiday Toy Buying Reference
- Make sure toys are
safe. The toy shouldn’t have any small parts the child can
put in his or her mouth. Equally important, the toy should be
durable. Pieces of broken toys pose just as great a choking hazard.
- Toys that can be used
for a variety of things will be used more than a toy that has
a single use. Open-ended toys let children be creative and use
their imagination. For example, a toddler can use a large ball
for playing catch, kicking in the back yard or as a stool for
spinning in a circle.
- Toy packaging gives
recommended ages for the product, but sometimes the recommendations
are off. Look carefully at the toy, examine it and determine if
it might be too challenging or not challenging enough for your
child — both of which will cause it to be discarded.
- Gift givers need to
think about what they are going to buy before heading to the toy
store, which can be an overwhelming shopping experience. Go toy
shopping without any idea of what you’re looking for and
you’re more likely to make a mistake.
- Purchasing a toy for
a friend or relative’s child? Call the parents and make
sure the child doesn’t already have the toy and that the
parents are fine with the proposed gift.
Source: Texas Woman’s
University Department of Family Sciences
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