A Guide to Toy-Buying

By: MCG Children’s Medical Center
By: MCG Children’s Medical Center

When you enter a toy store, you’re bombarded with thousands of the latest and greatest toys for your child. One claims to help your child learn faster, another offers all the flashy bells and whistles, and still others claim to be the latest in automated fun.


But what toys really help your child develop and grow? When choosing a toy, the MCG Children’s Medical Center advises parents and caregivers to look for:


  1. Developmentally appropriate toys that match a child’s interests. Check the labels on toys to make sure they are age-appropriate, and consider your child’s likes and dislikes when choosing a toy.

  2. Creative toys. There are numerous toys out there that encourage your child to think and be creative. Although many computer games advertise themselves as learning and creativity tools, the drawback of computers is that they teach children how to do things one way. Instead of the latest fancy computer game, consider art supplies, building toys, dolls, board games or books, which help children learn to think outside the box and use their imagination.

  3. Interactive toys. This means board games that encourage social activity with others, sports equipment that help develop peer social skills, or other toys that parents or others could play with children.

  4. Toys that encourage physical activity. Bikes, non-motorized scooters, skates, baseballs, footballs and other sports equipment get children outdoors and moving, which is great for their development. Don’t forget to include properly fitting helmets, pads and other necessary protective equipment. But avoid toy weapons, which teach children aggressive behavior.

  5. Toys that encourage quiet activity. Children also need quiet time, especially just before bedtime, to wind down from the day’s activities. Suggested toys include music CDs, books and board games.

For more information on appropriate toys, talk to your pediatrician.


But remember, a toy doesn’t have to be expensive to be a good choice for your child. And the best toys? They’re the ones that encourage interaction between caregivers and child. Whether it’s working on a puzzle, playing with action figures or putting together an art project, there’s no substitute for quality time spent together.


MCG Health System is composed of three separate organizations -- MCG Health, Inc. and the clinical services offered by the faculty employees of the Medical College of Georgia and the members of the MCG Physicians Practice Group Foundation. The physicians of MCG Health System are community physicians, faculty employees of the Medical College of Georgia, or employees of the MCG Physicians Practice Group Foundation, not employees of MCG Health, Inc. MCG Health, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation operating the MCG Medical Center, MCG Children’s Medical Center, the MCG Sports Medicine Center, MCG Ambulatory Care Center, the Georgia Radiation Therapy Center and related clinical facilities and services. MCG Health, Inc. was formed to support the research and education mission of the Medical College of Georgia and to build the economic growth of the CSRA, the state of Georgia and the Southeast by providing an environment for faculty employees of the Medical College of Georgia and the MCG Physicians Practice Group Foundation and community physicians to deliver the highest level of primary and specialty health care. For more information, please visit www.MCGHealth.org.


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