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Are you unsure what to get your child for a birthday or holiday gift?  Here is a simple guide to help you select toy gifts for kids of all ages, including babies, toddlers, and elementary school-age children.*  (Fisher-Price has a good toy suggestion guide for infants to 5 year olds.)

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When shopping for toys, consider the age, personality, interests, and skills of the intended recipient.  Toys can help children build intellectual abilities as well as motor and social skills.  Parents, relatives, and friends can help a growing child develop a well-rounded personality and skill set by providing him or her with a variety of toys.

Birth to 1 year old

Infants like to grasp and hold things, and they should be exposed to a variety of sight, sound, and touch experiences.  Squishy toys and lightweight rattles as well as large blocks, nesting toys, and stacking toys, are good choices for the first few months of a baby's life.

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1 to 3 years old

Toddlers like physical play activities.  Outdoor toy possibilities include wagons, balls, and ride-on toys.  Indoor toy selections include large blocks and toys that encourage development of hand-eye co-ordination.  Toddlers like toys that enable them to imitate their parents, and toy safety is a very important consideration for children in this age group.

3 to 5 years old

Preschool children are fascinated with the way things work.  Consider creative toys such as construction sets, crayons, and washable markers, as well as watercolor paints and simple board games.  Introduce toys that enable children to practice life skills and imitate their parents.  Examples include toy telephones and computers, doll houses, and pretend kitchen appliances.

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5 to 9 years old

Introduce toys to young, school age children that teach them independence, team play, and sharing skills.  Select hobby toys, sports equipment, computer software, and problem-solving toys, as well as construction sets and storybooks.  Some games can help youngsters learn counting and problem-solving skills, while electronic toys with lights and sounds can help teach cause and effect relationships.  Many toys are designed for children in this age group, and appropriate toys for specific age children are listed below.

5 year old

Major play focus:  play house, motor skills
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Role-playing toys
  • Toy trains
  • Construction toys
  • Dolls — action figures, Barbie dolls, animals
  • Play kitchens
  • Learning computers
  • Children's tapes or CDs
  • Simple musical instruments
  • Sports balls
  • Bicycle with training wheels
  • Lego Duplo
  • Video games

6 year old

Major play focus:  motor skills, pretend play
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Sports balls
  • Bicycle with training wheels
  • Lego or similar building block toys
  • Video games

7 year old

Major play focus:  outdoor play, realistic play
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Board games (Monopoly, etc.)
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Treehouses or swingsets
  • Sports balls
  • Bicycles with training wheels
  • Lego or similar building block toys
  • Video games

8 year old

Major play focus:  organized play
  • Board games (Monopoly, Risk, Clue, trivia games, etc.)
  • Books
  • Science kits
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Construction sets
  • Doll sets
  • Collections
  • Sports equipment (balls, skates, skateboards, etc.)
  • Bicycles
  • Lego or similar building block toys
  • Video games

9 to 12 years old

Preteens highly value acceptance from their friends, and simple toys become less interesting to children at this age.  Construction sets, science toys, and sports toys, as well as board games and puzzles, are good choices for preteens.  Team and group sports and physical play activities are important for this age group.  Board, card, and electronic games can help to develop social and intellectual skills.
  • Science kits
  • Books
  • Musical instruments
  • Computers
  • Lego or similar building block toys
  • Sports equipment (balls, skates, skateboards, etc.)
  • Bicycles
  • Video games
  • Safe projectile toys

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Toy Donation Organizations

Consider sending some toys to needy children!
  • Marine Toys For Tots Foundation - collects toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children.
  • Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child - brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love.
  • Angel Tree - delivers gifts to prisoners' children in their parents' name and shares the Gospel with them.
  • Yahoo! - Christmas Charities - lists selected Christmas ministries and faith-based charities that deliver toys to children.

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