For some kids getting a watch is a rite of passage and certainly learning to tell the time is a significant milestone in a child’s development, but when is it right to buy a child’s first watch? It used to be that many parents were worried about the safety of watches with glass faces, but now many watches are specifically designed to be robust enough to stand up to the rough and tumble of a kid’s lifestyle. Then there was the idea of usefulness; is it useful for a kid to have a watch before they can tell the time independently? Thinking on this has changed somewhat and most people now consider having a watch a good encouragement to learn telling the time, and of course, digital watches are also an option.
Barbie has got to be one of the world’s most instantly recognizable toys. The first Barbie doll was introduced to the market in 1959 and the Barbie empire has expanded ever since. Playing with Barbie dolls is a great way for children to build social skills and imagination as they play by acting out scenarios and experimenting with different social situations.
Children and teens need plenty of time outdoors to benefit from sunlight and fresh air. Sunlight helps the human body to produce Vitamin D which we need for strong, healthy bones and spending time outdoors also helps to increase the amount of serotonin, the happy hormone, that the body produces leading to an overall sense of wellbeing. In addition to this hormonal response, scooters are a great way to keep children active and sneak in some all-important exercise. With benefits to cardiovascular health and helping to tone muscles, scooters are an ideal all-round exercise for small children right through to teens. Maintaining balance requires good core strength and spatial awareness, which in turn are important for supporting writing.
As well as being great exercise, scooters are a useful mode of transportation for kids that are too big or old for a stroller but still tend to dawdle. Children are ready to ride a scooter when they are walking with a steady gait, so some of the scooters we’ve listed are suitable for children just starting out with scooters whilst others are designed for older children or even teens. With a range of different features available, different types of scooters will be suitable for different children depending on their age, skill and what they want to use it for. We’ve brought together some of the best to help you choose the right scooter.
Remote control toys might seem like just a bit of childhood fun but they are actually a great developmental toy too! Playing with remote-controlled toys, children begin to gain an understanding of and interest in technology. At its most basic, children learn about cause and effect as they learn that pressing buttons makes the toy do different things and then begin to differentiate which button does what and become more skilled in their controls.
Remote-controlled toys also help to develop hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness, as they learn to manoeuvre the toys around different obstacles using a combination of different buttons, wheels or joysticks. With plenty of different types of toys and vehicles available, for a range of age groups and ability levels, there really is a remote-controlled toy for everyone! We’ve brought together some of the best in this list.
A dollhouse is a toy that never gets old, their appeal seems to last through the ages. As well as making a lovely addition to a kid’s bedroom or playroom, dollhouses offer a whole host of developmental opportunities. The opportunity for creativity and imaginative role-play is the primary benefit of dollhouses.
Imaginative play with small figures gives children the opportunity to create and experiment with a range of different social situations and scenarios. This gives them a safe place to test out different concepts and responses and make sense of the social world. However, there are now so many different kinds of dollhouses on the market that it can be difficult to select the right one, with such an array of features available. Here are 11 of the best.
Buying a stroller can be an overwhelming process with such an array of different products on the market, and it really is an important decision. Whether you’re buying a stroller for your first baby, something to travel with or even upgrading to a double there’s a range of different factors you need to keep in mind when deciding what to buy.
Whoever came up with the phrase “sleeping like a baby” clearly didn’t have a baby! Baby sleep, or lack of, can be a tricky art to master and finding the right crib is key to maximizing that re-energizing rest. Buying a crib for a baby is an important decision as you want somewhere safe, secure and comfortable for your little one to sleep, but you may also be considering and weighing up a range of other features.
Feeding is a great way to bond with a baby as well as providing nutrition and comfort. If you’ve decided to use a bottle to feed your baby expressed breastmilk or infant formula then you may be overwhelmed with the plethora of different bottles available. There are many different features to consider when buying bottles, and the best bottle for your baby may not be the best bottle for another which is why we’ve brought together a list of 8 different kinds of bottles for you to consider.
By age 11 girls are swiftly moving away from childhood and towards the tumultuous teenage years, and you may already be seeing that struggle for independence, so with their new desire for maturity it can be difficult to know what to buy for an 11-year-old girl.
This is an age where girls are beginning to want to be part of the adult world, and no longer want gifts which are obviously toys, though their playful side and desire for fun often remains. This all makes gift buying pretty tricky! So, we’ve put together a list of gifts that should appeal to both the playful side and the newfound maturity of 11-year-old girls.
Thirteen; the first official year of the dreaded teens! As a child turns 13, they begin a mental shift in their self-perception; no longer do they see themselves as a child but instead, they begin to adopt that “teenager” label. A 13-year-old girl is likely to feel much more independent during this time and will certainly want to have their opinion heard and exercise increasing amounts of control over their body, their environment and their need for privacy.
In some ways, this makes buying a gift easier as they express quite clear interests and you can purchase something that fits in with these. Many 13-year-old girls still desire affirmation from adults and care about what grown-ups think of them so choosing a gift that reflects a 13-year-old’s interests and abilities as well as opening up new skills is a great way of showing your approval. We’ve put together a list of 30 gifts that will appeal to 13-year-old girls so you can find that perfect gift for her.