For all of us, a major part of holiday fun is selecting that special gift and watching a child’s happy reaction to it. Book, puzzle, game or toy…how do we go about choosing just the right gift that will delight the children in our lives?
As the Owner of The Children’s Gift Shop in Northfield, I have these suggestions:
- Let the child’s abilities and interests guide your choices, not advertising or popularity.
- Focus on the features of the play a toy encourages, rather than on the features of the toy, itself. Think about what the child can do, rather than what the toy can do.
- Look for toys and games that let the child “make up the story”— ones that leave room for the child to use his imagination in how he plays. Try to find open-ended products that offer lots of possibilities for different ways to engage.
As your favorite neighborhood toy store, we offer skilled assistance in making careful selections that match a child’s age, abilities and interests. My staff is trained to think about toys and games from a child development perspective; and relatives often appreciate their creativity in helping them discover a gift that truly captures the child’s imagination. You may even want to ask for help identifying something that is designed to help you and the child share play time together.
When it comes to the holidays, the season always seems to be a bit more magical with kids around. Enjoy these precious days with the children in your life!