A new toy buying guide will be extremely helpful to parents who want to purchase educational toys for their children, the team at Click-A-Brick says. The new guide, published by the bestofneworleans.com site and entitled “The best toys to engage your child’s imagination at any age and where to find them in New Orleans,” includes the latest recommendations from both the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The new guide lists nine criteria that a toy should meet to be considered a good purchase by parents. According to the guide, written by Kandace Power Graves, a good toy should be:
Able to be played with in multiple ways;
Engaging for children’s imagination and creativity;
Able to promote development of fine motor skills;
Able to exercise muscle groups;
Age- and skill level-appropriate;
Able to promote physical activity; and
Able to be used for pretend play.
For children aged three to six, the guide recommends puzzles with 12 to 20 pieces, snap-together blocks and toys that can be sorted by color, shape, length and various collections of similar objects, as these build problem-solving skills. The new guide also recommends blocks, construction sets, toy vehicles, kid furniture, toy food, puppets, water and sand toys and dolls with accessories to promote pretending and building skills.
Click-A-Brick Co-Founders Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza say they appreciate the simplicity of the new guide, as choosing an educational toy for children can leave parents and others overwhelmed and confused as to what will really help with a child’s development.
“We love this new guide and how it simplifies the process for people who want to buy toys that are educational in nature,” Smith said. “It keeps things simple and lets readers know exactly what skills the toys will be helping develop. And it’s spot on for what it says about building blocks helping to develop problem-solving skills, a child’s ability to pretend and their building skills.”
Although written with New Orleans in mind, the new toy buying guide holds true for children in any part of the country or world, the Click-A-Brick entrepreneurs say. Plus, rather than just listing toys for parents, it teaches them how to identify educational toys for themselves.
“What we really like about this new guide is how it trains parents to consider a toy and decide if it is educational or not,” de Gorostiza, who also acts as Click-A-Brick’s brand manager, said. “It doesn’t just give a list of toys to go out and buy, but rather gives parents the skills to discern for themselves if a toy measures up and can be considered educational.”
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