It might seem like the easiest thing on earth, until it is your turn to go to the store to buy the children some toys to play with. There are several factors that one should consider when buying toys for the children, and in this article, we are going to look at some tips for choosing the best toys for children.
Purchase products to grow with your child
You would want to go for toys that will grow with your child, and not toys that they will use for barely six months and then have to dispose. There is more value for money when you buy toys that will grow with the child, since they can still play with them at an older age.
Invest in the good stuff
It is best to go for brands or products that are known and trusted, since they are usually more durable, safe, and worth the money when compared to off-brand toys.
Consider learning toys
Buying informative toys is usually a win-win situation for both the child, and the parent. They tend to help the children with their spelling, reading, solving problems, and that sort of thing. Children get to enjoy learning as they play.
Make safety a priority
Safety should always be your number one priority, and despite the fact that they usually come with a recommended age, do your research to ensure that they are safe. Things like child’s age, maturity level, and even any learning disabilities are some of the things that you should take into consideration when looking at safety.
Check toy recalls
Going hand in hand with the research and safety of the toys, it is important to look out for safety recalls when selecting a good brand choice. You could be preventing future accidents.
Block Building Games
Block games are not only fun to play, but they are also very educational, and hence a very good choice of toys for your toddlers. That is the reason why we are now going to look at fun building block games for kids.
Creative Building Block Activity
Kids can use wooden blocks to build. Materials such as cardboard boxes can be used.
Add Things to The Building
Adding different things to their blocks expands their capabilities, and these things could include things like cardboard and boxes, or sticks and leaves, toy cars and animals, smooth stones, natural objects like pine cones and shells and much more.
Block Fine Motor Skills Activities
Children should be encouraged to:
- Pick up blocks with tongs and put them into a container
- Pick up blocks with feet and place into a container
- Balance blocks on different parts of the body, head, shoulder, back (while crawling) etc.
- Balance blocks on a spoon and walk (or have a block-and-spoon race with a friend)
- Simply building the highest tower they can
- Balance standing on a block, or walking from one block to another
Make Magnetic Blocks
You can put magnets on the back of small blocks and use them to create pictures and patterns that can be put on the fridge or magnetic board. They can also build by putting the blocks together magnetically.
Make velcro blocks
Velcro sticky dots can be used to build different shapes, sticking blocks together.
Block Building Sensory Play
Let the kids play with their blocks in different settings, such as on the grass, on rice, or dried beans.
Fill in the Shape
Draw shapes with text on card or paper, or mark out shapes with masking tape, and let the kids fill them in with blocks.
Barrier Block Games
This involves one person building something and describing it to the second person verbally, who then has to try and build something similar, after which they compare their buildings. This is perfect practice for clear and effective communication.
- Block Puzzles
- Make a building block book
- Use tools with wooden blocks
- Block games – for stages of development
- Block play with pendulums
- Tracing shadows
- Make blackboard blocks
- Add wooden animals
- Make gradient blocks
- Play a listening game
- Wrap it in foil
- Make an obstacle course for cars
- Architectural inspiration
- Maths with blocks – counting, learning shapes, measuring, area, addition and subtraction, and patterns
- Block Board Games
- Language activities with blocks
There are many other block games that you can find for children, but the ones mentioned above are some of the most fun and informative ones that you’ll want to try for your children.