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Tips for Choosing the Right Toys for Your Child

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The importance of toys is often overlooked when talking about children’s education, but while children play, they are constantly learning new skills.

Fred Rogers famously said that, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” 

While children play, they are learning new skills, discovering their personalities and practicing how to be a good friend. If play is the work of childhood, toys are the tools to lead the way. Toys play a critical role in reaching important child-development milestones — but how do you pick the right ones?

Two important tips for choosing the right toy for your child are:

  1. Keep the age and interests of the child in mind.
  2. Consider the skills they are working on to help them expand or develop certain milestones.

You can also leave it to the experts to help you make a selection. Rely on the toy experts found at your neighborhood toy store. With a curated product selection, family-friendly events and a wealth of product knowledge, neighborhood toy stores are guaranteed to help you find the perfect gifts for the kids you love. Not only will you win by picking the perfect toy, but you’ll also feel good about giving back to your community by shopping local.

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