Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

Decade after decade, our search for age-appropriate toys and developmental toys has become more and more challenging. There are so many emerging options, choices, and variations. On top of these, there are hazards and safety considerations involved. We love kids, and we have built our lives with them. We want to know more about them, and continue to search for the toys that help develop their skills and abilities. But what’s considered age-appropriate toys and developmental toys for kids? How do select them?

Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

YOUNG INFANTS

Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys for Young Infants

“Our babies are born with many reflexes. When objects move in front of their eyes, they visually track them; when objects are placed in their mouths, they suck them; when objects come into contact with their hands, they grasp them; when they hear noises, they turn their heads toward them; and so on.”

Jean Piaget, Swiss clinical psychologist known for his pioneering work in child development.

Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

OLDER INFANTS

Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys for Older Infants

“Our baby’s brain develops hinges on a complex interplay between the genes they’re born with, and the experiences they acquire from play and from the world around.”

Rima Shore, early development expert, author, Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development

Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

YOUNG TODDLERS

Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys for Young Toddlers

“A toddler’s brain, by the time they reach age three, are twice as active as those of adults.”

Rima Shore, early development expert, author, Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development

Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

OLDER TODDLERS

Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys for Older

“Toddlers brim with curiosity, excitement, and irresistible charm. They’re like little cavemen with tantrums, so primitive and uncivilized.”

Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block

“Truly beneficial toddler toys are those that can be used for activities that promote language skills and making discoveries.”

Kathy Charner, author, Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities

Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

PRESCHOOLERS

Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys for Preschoolers

“For preschoolers, play is a serious business. Play provides many opportunities for preschoolers to learn and grow physically, mentally and socially. If play is the child’s work then toys are the child’s tools, and appropriate toys can help children do their work well.”

Dr. Barbara Goodson, child development expert

“Preschoolers use their senses to accomplish their tasks, and explore the mysteries of the physical and social worlds.”

Karen Sue Sussman, author Importance of Play in The Preschool Classroom

Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

YOUNG SCHOOL KIDS

Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys for Young School Kids

“Children show independence from parents and family. They start thinking about the future, show rapid mental skills, and are better communicators of their thoughts and feelings. Young school kids want to be liked and accepted by friends. They have less focus on one’s self and more concern for others. This age and stage are fundamental in developing confidence through family, friends, schoolwork, and sports.”

CDC, Centers for Disease Control

“The ability to read, speak and do maths ultimately rests upon the child’s capacity to use symbols, for example, a block to represent a truck or a telephone.”

Jeffrey Goldstein, author, Play in Children’s Development, Health and Well-being

Age-Appropriate Toys and Developmental Toys

OLDER SCHOOL KIDS

Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys for Older School Kids

“As kids master their world, play helps them develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence, and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.”

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd., renowned pediatrician and behavioral science investigator

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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