Age-Appropriate & Developmental Toys
For young kids 6 to 8 years
Young school kids show independence from parents and family. Foster their independent thinking, sense of responsibility, and belongingness with developmentally appropriate toys.
According to the CDC, young kids start to 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.
Young school kids are interested in toys that help them achieve goals. They now have a broad spectrum of interests: finishing a favorite book, playing strategy games, playing sports, painting, and building something to achieve a goal.
Developmental toys that encourage sense of accomplishment
These young kids prefer toys with complex gears, tiny bolts, and screws. They like dressing, lacing, and stringing toys. They are interested in nature, science activities, and in experiments. They have a tendency to collect things as a hobby. This age group is fascinated by how things work like magic, tricks, and the wonders of the robot toy.
Developmental toys that spark sensory, motor, and cognitive skills development
The young kids will practice in games to improve a skill using both fine and gross motor skills.
Large muscle activities include: jumprope, hopscotch, stunts and climbing (trees, trapeze), ice skating, roller skating, riding bicycle, water sports, ball play (but most not ready for competitive team sports).
While small muscle activities include: printing, drawing with pencils, simple sewing, simple carpentry, weaving, braiding, string small beads, cutting out paper dolls, jigsaw puzzles.
Developmental toys that invigorate fine and gross motor skill development
Young school kids show great interest in the peer group, and in “belonging”. Young kids enjoy special friends, cliques, gangs, common hobbies/interests, and secrets (languages, passwords, and handshakes).
Developmental toys that kindle social and emotional development
“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.
Older School Kids’ Toys
Support independence, cooperative play, confidence, and resiliency through age-appropriate and developmental toys.