Treasures or TrashSelecting Toys at Garage
Tulips, lawn mowers, and garage sales all signal the arrival of spring.
Yard sales can be great places to select toys for your preschooler. Here
are some pointers to make certain the toys you buy are "treasures"
instead of "trash."
Another Garage Sale Tip:
- The younger the child, the fewer pieces the toy should have. Watch
out for small pieces or moveable parts that could harm young children.
- Can the toy be easily cleaned? Use 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach
in 1 gallon of water to clean and kill germs on the toys.
- Is there any damage? Check for rust, dents, broken parts or sharp
edges. Sand rough edges on wooden toys.
- Are all the pieces there? It can be frustrating to have a "new"
toy only to discover you don't have the parts that make it work. Puzzle
pieces are very easy to lose.
- Can the child be active? Watch out for poorly balanced tricycles or
- Does it encourage the use of imagination? Old clothes and shoes can
be great for dress up.
- Does it let the child act out grown-up roles? Things like telephones,
cameras, typewriters, hats or uniforms can be lots of fun. Just make
sure there are no sharp edges or loose parts.
- Will it challenge my child? (but not be so difficult he will be frustrated.)
You won't have recommended ages on the package to guide you.
- Think about your child's abilities and interests. Does she like playing
with cars, trucks and tractors?
Give your child a small amount of money to buy birthday or holiday gifts
for friends and family. A little money can go a long way. Your child will
have the pleasure of giving gifts.
Prepared by Debbie McClellan, Extension
Educator, Family Life.
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