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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:
    – holidays
    – birthdays
    – 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.

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