With holidays right around the corner, many parents are on the lookout for what to give their child. You may want to consider limiting the number of gifts to a few, quality items. Many parents use the 4 gift idea of “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.” Don’t forget that quality time with a child may not be as easily wrapped, but can often be much more meaningful and memorable than a gift!
Here are ideas for something to read, but what about something they want? The number of options can make shopping overwhelming, especially when parents aren’t sure which toy may be appropriate for their child. Toys that are too easy may bore a child and toys that are too advanced may aggravate them. Parents.com has a great article on making smart choices for age appropriate toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This list from NAEYC gives even more specific ideas, depending on the child’s age.
Help Me Grow Alabama is a program of the Alabama Partnership for Children as an affiliate of the Help Me Grow National Network.
Help Me Grow Alabama is funded by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education through the Preschool Development Grant, the Alabama Department of Human Resources, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health through a Project LAUNCH Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association. In addition, Help Me Grow Alabama is supported by an AmeriCorps State Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service provided by The Governor's Office of Volunteer Services.
Help Me Grow Alabama partners with 2-1-1 Connects Alabama for implementation in nine regions of the state.