Buying the right kind of toy for a child is probably as difficult as solving a major Math equation. Do you get something that he or she would appreciate for the longer term until he or she grows a little older, or do you gift something that is the "in" thing now?
Given the busy times nowadays, most people would tell you to just go for the easy way and get an educational toy. This way, you don't have to worry if the toy you're giving has sufficient value because you're sure the child will learn a lot of things from it.
But, wait! Before you dash to the nearest toy store and grab the first children's educational toy you get your hands on, consider these three tips first. Yes, even buying children's educational toys have certain guidelines that need to be followed.
First, find out if the educational toy you're thinking of buying is actually appropriate for the child you are giving it to. That is, if it's learning level coincides with the child's age range. All educational toy boxes carry this information outside, to guide you in your purchase.
For instance, while a Vtech Laptop is a really swanky gift, it won't do any good for a two year old. Get something that they can appreciate here and now so you won't be wasting any money.
Second, when in doubt, ask. Most toy stores have little information kiosks where the educational toys being sold are made accessible to the public for testing and trials. These kiosks also almost always have a representative from the toy store who will gladly explain and demonstrate what each toy can do and for what ages they are best suited.
Never hesitate to ask a barage of questions. After all, you want to get your money's worth.
Third, don't get carried away. While it may be tempting to buy the largest and hippest educational toy in the bunch, it would be best to, instead, buy something that will bring the greatest value to the child. Get an educational toy that has many features, even though it is small, against an educational toy that looks really swanky but is lacking in the "educational" department.
This is why reading labels and finding out more about a particular toy is important. If you feel that the box or the toy store kiosk attendant do not say enough, there's always the Internet to rely on to find reviews on the product. Reviews are very important. Nothing beats the opinion of people who have already tried and tested the product out for themselves.