Put Some Toys with a Purpose on Your Child's Christmas List This Year
We are in the thick of the holiday season. Did your little one write their letter to Santa yet? If so, how many screen-related items are on there? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics' article, "Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era," "the report highlights the broad definition of a toy; consideration of potential benefits and possible harmful effects of toy choices on child development; and the promotion of positive caregiving and development when toys are used to engage caregivers in play-based interactions with their children that are rich in language, problem-solving, and creativity. The report aims to address the evolving replacement of more traditional toys with digital media-based virtual "toys" and the lack of evidence for similar benefits in child development."
The toys in the Our First Year backpack and tote are toys that increase children's play skills, imagination, and joint attention. These toys enhance the child's motor and language skills, when engaged with the adult. Tablets, televisions, and video games are passive toys that do not require engagement with another person. These toys do not lend themselves to increasing social language opportunities in young children. Instead, they promote instant gratification and isolation.
The AAP also states that, "the best toys are those that match children's developmental skills and abilities and further encourage the development of new skills." Are you unsure of where your child is developmentally? The Our First Year team has hand-selected toys for birth through age two. Check out the Our First Year backpack for infants and the Our First Year tote for toddlers.
For older children, the Our First Year team recommends building blocks, books, sports equipment, board games, and art supplies.
Spread some holiday cheer this year with a bag from Our First Year!