Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force

Incorporate toys with a purpose
Jan. 27, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

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.