Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force
Buy toys that can be used in many ways.
For example, two-year-olds will roll Play-Doh and cut it into pieces, while 6-year-olds may use it to mold a face.
Toddlers stack blocks to enjoy knocking them down; preschoolers might make a road to run cars on; older children might erect a castle.
These toys provide choice and flexibility.
Toys or products connected to a television show carry messages about how they are to be used. Those kinds of toys and products subtly replace children’s ideas, leaving little room for creativity.
Source: Condensed from Choosing Toys for Children, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, cce.cornell.edu/orange.