I've started holiday shopping for my grandchildren. What do you suggest on selecting safe and age appropriate toys?
There are so many wonderful toys that encourage play and imagination for children. You will want to purchase a toy that fits the child's interests and abilities. A good way to get started when shopping is to pay attention to the manufacturer's age-level suggestion. This will give you a good idea of toys that are appropriate. In addition, the age level recommendation will also help determine whether or not a game or toy is safe for a child.
Typically, toys or games that have small parts that can be a choking hazard are marked for children ages three-years-old and over. If the object can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it could cause choking if a toddler puts it in his or her mouth. In addition, you will want to make sure that gifts, such as paint or clay, are non-toxic in case they end up in a child's mouth.
Select a toy that does not have sharp edges or points, and refrain from purchasing toys that propel objects. However, if you select a toy that propels an object, be sure that the object is soft and will not cause injury to a person by it.
Once a child opens their present, show him or her how to play with the toy safely. Most importantly, be sure to supervise your children when they play.
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