It very often happens that when one goes out to meet one’s friends, one is just not sure about the right kind of gift that one must carry for their kids.
One has to make a choice depending upon the child’s age. But there is one toy that always meets the bill. If you could find a nice and soft cuddly toy for the baby, it makes the selection process easier.
Soft toys are adored by newborn babies, and sometimes right till the child is up to around 6 years of age. Some of the most common selections among these toys are elephant, and maybe a panda or teddy bear.
Let’s take a quick look at characteristics of soft toys which match up to the playing needs of children at each stage of development.
For Kids of 0 to 12 months
Newborn babies are vastly focused upon observing their surroundings. They put all their senses to avail for doing the same.
Toys for newborn babies should be bright. They should be very soft such that they are best suited for the skin of the baby, which is soft and tender. As the baby sleeps besides the toy, it builds up a higher sense of safety and protection.
For Kids Aged 1 to 2 years
At the age of 1 to 2 years, kids build up language skills. They look out for a companion with whom they can play and talk. The soft toy should meet these requirements.
This may not be the ideal age to go for serious toys. But kids would adore the time spent with their new buddy which they find in the soft toy and create a world of their own.
Cuddly toys for kids aged between 2 – 3 years of age
During this age, kids often learn to imitate behavior of others. They might look beyond something which makes more of a companion than their teddy bear.
As they play with their soft toys, they find a safe refuge in the world.
Toys act as virtual friends for kids aged from 4 – 5 years
At this age, kids would prefer to go with toys that boost their learning ability and also instructiveness. You can expect a child in this age group to create a virtual world around him self. There would be some virtual classrooms, guests in a virtual house or patients in a virtual hospital. You might find customers in a virtual store and so on.
The board games and soft toys alike must hence be interactive!
Children aged 6-7 years prefer to go for game toys
At 6-7 years of age, children are more mature and have a different set of interests. A child’s psyche at this age is deeply impacted by what goes on in the world around him.
Teachers, peers and the society, all impact the child’s being. A soft toy at this age should be the kind that lets a child relate to the world around him.
At the end of the day, the key is just to be versatile. If the child is in the age group that is going to adore soft toys, you could go for a toy for him.
It’s just about seeing that the toy meets up with a child’s interest and preference.
Girls up to 2 or 3 years of age are going to love dolls. Beyond this age, cartoon characters or superheroes like Despicable Me and Pink Panther are going to be the hot property. Kids sometimes love soft toys that are taller than them.