Are You Getting
Most From Your Toys?
By Dalene Joubert
Did you catch this?
A while ago you downloaded
2009 Best Baby Toys. By now you must have
read it, right? What you'll notice is that this guide applies wherever
you live or shop for baby toys. Or whatever your baby's age. Together
with 7 Must-Ask Baby Toy Questions you have a very comprehensive
system for choosing the right learning toy for your child. What I hope
to share with you here are a few ideas to further stretch the learning
and money value from your baby toys.
Children have specific
preferences, just like the rest of us. Once they have a range of toys
you'll notice they'll prefer to play with certain ones and almost ignore
That happens and is quite normal.
The problem is they quickly get bored with the same old toys and
eventually end up wanting new ones all the time. Or they only want to
play with the same ones all the time.
But here's a great way to keep
them interested in their toys for a much longer time.
Buy a few large buckets, containers or even bags. Divide the toys
into a few different groups. How many toys you have in each group will
be determined by how many toys you have, and what kinds of toys.
But as a general rule keep it to about 4-6 toys per group.
Try to include different types of toys - that's texture toys,
building things, music playthings in each of the groups. But, don't
despair if you don't have so many types of toys.
Put each of these groups into a container and store them out of reach
and sight from your child… leaving her with only one set to play with.
Every 7-10 days exchange the present set of toys for one in another
container. Take away and store the existing set.
This technique forces your baby to play with a range of toys and
automatically develop a full range of skills. Another thing I like about
doing this is… it keeps them interested in their old toys for a lot
longer. And your place is always a bit neater.
Until next time, God bless!
P.S. You may also want to number your
containers to remember which one to open next!
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