Christmas is always an exciting time for children, but parents sometimes can feel overwhelmed with the amount of options they have when it comes to buying toys. Kim Gowdy, an area agent with the Mississippi State Extension Service, has some suggestions for gifts that are not only entertaining for children, but also educational. Below are her recommendations.
Top 5 toys for 2011 Christmas for children 0-2
1. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
2. Fisher Price Brilliant Basic Baby First Blocks
3. Baby Einstein Bendy Ball
4. Leap Frog Learn and Groove Musical Table
5. VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker
Getting the Best Toy Value
Note: Toys listed are intended as examples only, not as endorsements of specific products.
The best toys promote healthy play appropriate for the age of the child. Technology marketing and media convincingly entice parents to buy more "gizmo" than a child can handle.
Toys that promote age-appropriate play include Tub puppets like Rich Frog for all ages $12.00 or Veterinarian Kit like ELC Vet Case, for ages 3 & up, $30.00.
Games that teach children to take turns like Domino Build-Mega Blocks ages 3 & up, $10.00 or Block Head ages 6 & up, $13.00.
Toys that promote creative arts like Stockmar Model Beeswax that is easy to use and keeps its color, ages 3 & up, $15.00.
Games that include physical movement like Enor Mini Bowling Set for all ages, $6.00 or Skyball-Maui Toys, a ball that can bounce up to 75 feet for a variety of games, all ages $8.00.
Toy Tips for Infants
You are a baby's best gift. Singing, touching, and talking with baby about the sounds, colors, and shapes of holiday decorations will interest lap babies. Other gifts may include:
Gifts for teething babies like Winkel Toy-the Land of Nod, bendable plastic tubes that rattle and can be refrigerated, $16.00.
Soft toys like Sophie the Giraffe that is flexible and easy to grip, 0-12 mo, $25.00.
Kim Gowdy can be reached at the Mississippi State Extension Service by calling (228) 865-4227.
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