Thursday, December 3, 2009

Getting Ready to Shop

Getting ready to shop for the holidays or giving your "wish list" to someone else to do the shopping?

Here are some helpful hints to assist you as you think about gift ideas for your children, as well as ideas you might want to pass along to others who puchase gifts for your children.

1. Many toys today are labeled either on the box or on the store shelf to give you an idea of the appropriate age of the child that would enjoy and be able to correctly use the toy.

2. Books are always a good buy. If you are buying for a child that can already read, be sure to know the reading level of the book as well as your child to make sure it isn't too difficult and frustrating to understand.

3. Avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, detachable parts, cords longer than 12 inches, electrical toys, stuffed toys that could loose glass or button eyes, balloons, and some riding toys - for children under 4 years of age.

4. Look for items that children can "do something with", be creative with, use in different ways.

Check out my website: for age appropriate, safe, and educational toys for kids of all ages.  If you would like help picking out the just perfect toy for your child, please contact me.  I'd love to help!

Cara Retz
Educational Leader, Discovery Toys

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