It’s still summer and for many parents, this means that it’s all about kids who are in serious need of entertainment. Finding the right type of entertainment can get a little tricky, especially with easier access to TV and tablets. You just have to get a little creative, here are a few ideas to keep those little hands away from those electronics. Choosing the right toy is quite simple once you figure out the mood your children are in.
When they’re Active
No one can argue about the fact that playing outside builds confidence and promotes growth and development. After all, who can go wrong with a little more vitamin D, right? Whether it’s a bike, scooter, or even the latest pogo-stick model, your kids are bound to get their daily dose of gross motor development target. If you are willing to splurge and have the right outdoor space in your home, then don’t hesitate to invest in an outdoor playhouse; your kids will spend hours playing house in one of those babies.
When they’re Feeling Imaginative
Pretend play is an essential part of every child’s life. After all, Pixar and Disney didn’t get the idea of Toy Story out of thin air. Every child loves playing pretend; according to The Toy Report, roleplaying as doctors is often a favorite for kids under the age of 6. Children love to have the tools that doctors have in real life, such as the stethoscope, the coat, the thermometer and of course, the doctor’s bag. It helps to familiarize them with medical procedures that otherwise might seem scary. Also, it gives them the knowledge of the tools they might encounter at their next doctor’s visit. This reduces any fear they might have about actually going to the doctor, it’s definitely a plus.
How many of us didn’t see a spark in our kids’ eyes when we ask them to help us cook? Imagine the pots and pans banged around the kitchen if it hadn’t been baby proofed. How about giving them a toy kitchen of their own? Pick a model according to your space and budget. Of course, the more realistic the pricier they get, but the more fun it will be for them.
When they’re in a Creative Mood
For many, the word creative immediately means art or anything related to it. However, creative play doesn’t necessarily mean a set of finger paints or a box of crayons. Our children can, as a matter of fact, get creative according to their personality. Building blocks, magnetic tiles, a set of beads, or even vehicle models to pull apart and put back together. All the above fall under the multi-use toy category and they are not only appealing for their colorfulness, number, and different sizes, they are bound to get any child’s attention. With those changeable toys, you will definitely set your child’s imagination on an open-ended journey.
When they’re Curious and Scientific
Let’s face it, 2019 came with a handful of new science gadgets that will surprise your aspiring scientist at home. Chain reactions, anatomy, or even microscopes have been recreated as toys to spark their wonder. How about robots? Yup, you will find those in that section too. Your kids can actually design their own robots or even conduct some experiments to grow crystals. The choices and the minutes spent playing with those toys are endless.
A Toy for Every Mood
Summertime is very precious for children. After all, they spend about 10 months a year waiting for it. The least we could do is provide them with the means to make the most of it. With these toy suggestions above, it’s very unlikely you will hear the words “ I am bored!”