Believe it or not, manufacturer suggested age ranges on toys have a real purpose. They're designed to keep your kids safe and also to help you find gifts that match your children's skills and abilities. After all, it's no fun to get a gift that's more work than pleasure, right?
A well-chosen gift provides the recipient with an opportunity to grow, learn, and have fun -- safely. On the flip side, choose a gift that's too advanced or designed for an older child, and you could well risk your child's health -- or his self esteem.
One to three year-olds climb, jump, walk, throw and play rough and tumble games. Good choices for these kids are:
Three to five year-olds like to use their imagination and enjoy toys that are close companions, such as
Five to nine year-olds like to be challenged with complex games that teach specific skills and concepts. Consider giving:
Nine to 14 year-olds develop lifelong skills, hobbies and enjoy team and individual sports. Good gift ideas are:
No matter what gift you give, be sure to check the age guidelines and use common sense.
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