Every parent knows that children need a wide range of toys. As well as keeping them amused, toys provide stimulation and essential lessons. With the right options, your kids can learn necessary skills such as shapes, colors, or even empathy. Every single toy also brings the benefits of imagination we should all harness in our youngsters.
The trouble is that, often, parents make the mistake of not checking age ratings. Your kids always want some new toy or other, after all. You might even assume that it’s probably age-appropriate if it interests them. But, this isn’t the case.
Toy manufacturers always include recommended age ranges on products, and this is something you should check every single time.
Age-inappropriate options do, after all, risk your kid’s learning and their health. To prove that, we’re going to look at precisely which benefits your come from an age-appropriate selection. Remember that these points apply, no matter how much they try to convince you otherwise!
The first and most apparent benefit of age-appropriate options comes from a safety standpoint.
Often, ratings are a result of small pieces and choking hazards. In general terms, any products with small parts will have a 3+ rating, and for a good reason. The last thing you want is to rush your choking child to the emergency room. Of course, we aren’t saying that age safe toys are guaranteed.
In some instances, manufacturer error could still leave your child at risk. Luckily this is rare, and you would be fully within your rights to pursue a product liability case with an injury lawyer if such accidents did occur.
If you bought a toy with an ill-fitting age range, though, you would have no one to blame but yourself. And, that’s not a burden any parent wants to bear.
Full access to benefits
Age-appropriate picks also ensure your child is able to enjoy every benefit that product can offer.
When they play independently with such items, you can rest 100% easy that they’re learning everything they possibly can from their time.
This also ensures that they’ll never get bored with ‘big-kid’ options they don’t understand. Instead, those toys will be tailored to exactly where they are in development, making fun and learning far more likely than it would be otherwise.
Higher levels of achievement
Achievement and praise are vital in learning development. If a child can visibly feel themselves advancing, they’ll experience higher levels of satisfaction, and feel more inclined to continue their learning journey.
If, however, they can’t do something, it can lead to disillusionment and despondency. But, guess what? This is pretty likely when you’re buying them toys above their age range.
When attempting to do puzzles aimed at older kids, for example, your youngster will soon grow frustrated and begin feeling inadequate. They don’t understand age ratings that well, after all.
Make sure this never happens by always buying them age-appropriate toys which fit within their skill set instead of stretching them beyond their abilities!