Can you imagine a child without a toy? It is quite impossible. Toys are an essential part of the childhood experience, as they enhance child’s psychological and physical development.
Why Are Toys Important?
-Playing with toys is good exercise. Rocking horses or riding bikes helps muscle development.
-Children learn coordination and balance when they climb the jungle gym, use a skipping rope, etc.
-Toys provide a chance for children to use their imagination
-Puzzles develop skills such as logical thinking and problem solving.
But buying best toys for your toddlers within budget calls for smart shopping.
Some of ways to to save money on kids' toys are:
1. Second Hand Toys
Purchasing second hand toys is a good option if you are going through a financial crises. You can shop foe these online and find great bargains. You could also visit thrift stores or garage sales.
Before you buy second hand toys, check for safety issues. Toys with rough edges and paint peeling off need to be avoided at all costs. Check for product recalls.
Stay away from toys that are made from light weak material and seem easily breakable. Toys that will not last more than a couple of weeks are not worth your money.
Try out the toy before you pay for it. Ensure that all parts and buttons work.
Compare the price of the second hand toy with a brand new one. If the difference is small, you may be better off buying a brand new piece from a toy store.
2. Last Year’s Toys
If you have time to shop around, you may find great toys at regular toy stores. Ask if the store has toys left over from the previous year’s collection. These can sometimes be purchased at cheaper rates.
3. Share Toys
Encourage your child to share toys with siblings. It will be easier on your purse when you do not have to purchase separate toys for each child.
Though kids will throw tantrum occasionally (or often, based on individual temperament) when asked to share, in the long run this will teach the child to develop feeling of cooperation and generosity.
4. Avoid Last Minute Impulsive Shopping
Plan and decide what you are going to buy and how much you are going to spend before you enter the toy store.
It is a wise decision not to take little children shopping with you inside the toy store often. Just once or twice a year is enough. At other times shop alone.
Little children are often attracted to bright colored toys they see in a toy store. They will want to get things that you cannot possibly afford.
Since they have no concept of family income and expenditure, you may have to face their tantrums in the store when you refuse to purchase something the child wants.
When you take an older child shopping, explain the amount of money you can afford to spend at that moment. Tell the child you trust that he/she will pick a toy that fits within the budget.
Stick to your decided budget. That way, the next time you take him/her shopping the child will know you mean what you say.
5. Child’s Age
Before you spend money on any toy, consider how old your child is. For example, if your child is a toddler, purchase toys that promote hand-eye coordination and physical development.
Things that toddlers can twist, open, pull and push around the house are great at this age.
6. Toys Worth Splurging on
Jigsaw puzzles, words puzzles and scrabble are worthy of your money because they encourage logical thinking.
Basic toys like balls, roller skates and bikes are a great idea as well. They encourage outdoor play activity that helps physical development and general health.
Toys like a dream kitchen set, toy cash register, doctor’s kit or baby craftsman’s kit are loved by most imaginative children as they encourage the creative and innovative thinking process.
Finally, choose to spend on toys that are safe, and promote all round mental and physical development.