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Follow These Gift-Giving Tips from Learning Care Group
NOVI, Mich., Nov. 18, 2013 – Every holiday season, families frantically shop for the “it” toy of the year and often see the gift quickly discarded for the next big thing. This year, consider giving toys that inspire learning all year long.
“The best toys actively engage children in many areas of development and can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the child’s interest, ability and imagination,” said Susan Canizares, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Learning Care Group.
Here are some suggestions on appropriate toys based on the age of the child.
Infant (Birth-18 months)
Give babies opportunities to learn about size, shape, sound, texture, cause and effect, and repetition.
Toddlers (18-35 months)
Toddlers are very active and physical. They enjoy playing make-believe and imitating the adult world they see. They are not yet ready to actively play with each other, but they might play beside one another. Consider:
Preschoolers (3-5 years)
Preschoolers are masters of make-believe. They are interested in each other and the world around them, and they enjoy showing off their new number and alphabet skills. Some suggested gifts include:
School-Age (6-12 years)
School-agers are influenced by their peers and have a strong gender identity. Older children know how to cooperate and negotiate using advanced social skills. Mastery of academic skills enables them to pursue intellectual and creative experiences.