Tips on Toys

The holidays are a great time to play with your child, no matter how young they are! If you’re still looking for some last-minute gift ideas, NAEYC shares a few insights with us on what makes a good toy for a young child. You might be surprised to learn that “basic is better” when it allows for a child’s imagination to take over! Of course, if you do get a young child toys, you may be confused when your baby loves the box and wrapping paper more than the toy you excitedly wrapped. Check out these insights on why babies loves boxes and other sensory items. Regardless of how big or small your gift-giving is, remember not to overthink the power of play. When children play, they learn and grow emotionally. Just “trust your own playful instincts” and enjoy your child today!

To read more about play and how it affects your child’s development, follow these links from NAEYC:
What the Research Says: Impact of Specific Toys on Play
Why do Babies Like Boxes Best?
10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

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