The Best-Loved Toys for Young Kids

The best-loved kids’ toys for young kids age 6-8 years. Support physical skills development, independent thinking, and emotional development with the best-loved kids’ toys organized according to physical, mental, and social abilities.

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The Young School Kids’ (Age 6-8) Physical Abilities & Interest

  • large muscle abilities and interests include jump rope, hopscotch, stunts and climbing (trees, trapeze), ice skating, roller skating, riding bicycle, water sports, ball play
  • small muscle abilities and interests include printing, drawing with pencils, simple sewing, simple carpentry, weaving, braiding, string small beads, cutting out paper dolls, jigsaw puzzles
  • will practice in target games or to improve a skill

Developmental toys for young kids supporting skills building and muscle control


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The Young School Kids’ Mental Abilities & Interest

  • interest in reading, spelling and printing activities and games
  • interest in simple arithmetic activities and games, and in time, calendars, weights, value of coins
  • interest in nature and in simple science activities and experiments
  • interest in collecting things and in hobbies interest in the line between fantasy and reality-likes magic and ‘tricks’
  • interest in producing finished products: art, models, crafts, sewing, carpentry
  • beginning interest in other times and other places

Developmental toys for young kids that encourages independent thinking


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The Young School Kids’ Social Abilities & Interest

  • great interest in the peer group and in ‘belonging’; enjoys special friends, cliques, gangs, secret languages and passwords
  • prefers to play with same sex peers
  • great increase in ability to play cooperatively with others; enjoys group activities
  • interest in ‘fair play’ and living up to standards of oneself’s and of group’s standards of excellence
  • continued interest in dramatic play: puppets, dolls, paper dolls, dress-ups, war games, cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers, space games
  • by age 8, increased interest in producing shows and plays
  • beginning interest in the wider community

Developmental toys for young kids promoting emotional intelligence


“One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.” —Carl Sagan


Our purpose is to make developmental toy selection easier for you. We do this through research, recommendations by experts and parents, and through the pre-selection of toys on Amazon, as reviewed by verified consumers. We welcome recommendations in helping us and other parents choose age-appropriate and developmental toys.

The Brightest Family conducts independent research, and may refer to studies from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site, and from non-profit organizations.

“Kids and Babies - Safety Alerts.” United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, www.cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/kids-and-babies. Accessed Aug. 2017.

Which Toy For Which Child. Washington D.C., U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Accessed Aug. 2017. A Consumer's Guide for Selecting Suitable Toys

“Age-by-Age Toy Buying Guide.” PlaySafe.org, The Toy Association, www.playsafe.org. Accessed Aug. 2017.

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Encourage cooperative play, independent critical thinking, confidence and resiliency with the best-loved kids’ toys organized according to physical, mental, and social abilities.

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