Part 1: Essay
Choosing the right toys for children is a big responsibility for early childhood educator. It is not just about choosing a toy that is appealing, interesting or colorful, it is about choosing the right toy according to the child's age, the toys must be safe, affordable and appropriate for development, should also be attractive to engage the child for a period of time. The toy should be safe for the intended age, must be appropriate for the intended use at home or day care center. The toy should be durable and designed for extended use, must be chosen toys that do not break easily, the size should be appropriate for the availability of home or the day care center, the toy has to be suitable for indoors and outdoors use.
When choosing a toy you must take into consideration several factors such as:
Make sure you are choosing the toy for the right age; toys are usually divided as follows: toys for young infants (Birth through 6 months), toys for older infants (7 to 12 months), toys for 1-year-olds, toys for 2-year-olds (Toddlers), toys for 3- to 6-year-olds (Preschool and Kindergartners), and school age.
Check that the toys are well made (no parts or splinters shared and not pinch), painted with non-toxic, unleaded. Electric toys should be "UL Approved.", shock proof, easy to clean, if made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant, stuffed toys should be washable, art materials should say nontoxic.
It is important to remember that if you are choosing toys for children under age 3, make sure that the toys don’t have small parts or pieces that could be trapped in a child's throat and cause choking. It is also important to read the labels of the toys to have more information.
Guidelines published by the CPSC and other groups can help to have more information about it.
Remember toys bring children enjoyment, but they are also able to provide educational value for our young child.