How to Choose an Educational Toy Infographic
How can parents be sure that the toys they choose for their children are not only safe and fun, but also have a learning component? The How to Choose an Educational Toy Infographic helps parents make smart toy choices with suggestions for choosing an educational toy.
The Big Picture: Toy Trends in the United States
- Toys are bought for many reasons:
- child requests
- Americans spend approximately $22 BILLION on toys each year
- American toy purchases make up approximately 25% of global toy sales
- Educational toys are designed to help grow not just to entertain
Benefits of Educational Toys
- Improve problem solving skills
- Expand language and vocabulary skills
- Increase fine and gross motor skills
- Develop creativity and imagination
- Encourage socialization and cooperation
- Build confidence
What to Look for in an Educational Toy
- Multiple Uses: Some toys, like blocks, can grow with a child. infants can gain muscle development and coordination, older children can use them to learn about spatial relationships, language, ingenuity, resourcefulness and more!
- Manipulative Toys: Shape Sorters and Puzzles build cognitive and perceptual skills.
- True Toys: Dolls and blocks allow children to use their imagination and creativitythere is no predetermined outcome…the sky’s the limit!
- Age Appropriate: Labels are important.
- Exploratory Toys: Children learn about senses, cause and effect.