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Choosing Age Appropriate Toys - Toys By Age

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As you are getting ready to buy a new toy for your little one, keep it in mind that the toys you pick need to be age appropriate for your child. Children go through various stages of development at different ages. Toys need to stimulate the child's mind during play. Here's a guide to the right toys you need to buy depending on your child's age. Just pick the age group your child falls into, and you will find the top toys for that category.
  1. Baby Toys and Infant Toys
  2. Toddler Toys
  3. Preschool Toys
  1. Toys for Kids Ages 5-8
  2. Tween Toys - Toys for Kids ages 9-12
  3. Ages 13 and Up - Toys for Teens

Baby Toys and Infant Toys

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The time from your baby's birth to when he or she turns one year old is when the most amazing changes take place. Baby toys at this stage need to stimulate the senses, particularly the senses of sight, sound and touch. That's why so many baby toys at this stage are colorful, textured or make noises. Picking the right toy for baby is not easy. Here are some wonderful baby toys which are best suited for your baby between the ages of birth to 12 months. You will also find excellent advice on how to choose the right toy for your baby.

Toddler Toys

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Toddlers are a bundle of fun! Kids at this stage are full of energy, raring to explore everything around them. They love to do all kinds of physical activities like pulling, pushing, lugging, knocking down, emptying and filling. Toddlers are at their peak of their curiosity where they have to touch and investigate everything they see. It's a wonderful age to learn, explore and discover.

Preschool Toys

LeapPad Explorer

Preschoolers love toys that stimulate the imagination, offer a challenge and are basically fun to play with. Innovative use of technology in toys has ensured hours of fun for this age group. The top toys for preschoolers include a wide range of choices like R/C vehicles, toy pianos, games, bikes, arts and crafts toys and much more.

Toys for Kids Ages 5-8

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This is a wonderful age indeed. Kids are very curious at this age and they want to explore, invent, create and conquer. Children between the ages of 5 and 8 enjoy a wide variety of toys and games that help them use their imagination. Here are some toy suggestions for this age group.

Tween Toys - Toys for Kids ages 9-12

LEGO Ninjago Lasha Spinner Series 1

Children grow up so fast, don't they! The ages of 9 to 12 are when kids are shaping up their personalities. They love playing fast-paced games, learning musical instruments, figuring out complicated mechanisms and much more. Here's a look at some good toy choices for this age group.

Ages 13 and Up - Toys for Teens

Nerf Vortex Praxis Blaster

Teens often prefer electronic toys like music players and video games, but there are many other hot, new toys that appeal to them, too!

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