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How They Play: Ages 8 plus

Ruhaifa Adil

 Kids this age enjoy outdoor sports as well as scooters, bicycles, and in-line skates. They acquire adult-like interests, abilities, and hobbies and may display a passion by becoming a collector. Girls still love doing crafts and boys like working on longer projects, some of which might take days to complete. Top Toys: Craft kits More elaborate science kits Outdoor sporting equipment Intricate construction sets Board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit Junior Model kits  

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How they Play: Ages 6 to 7

Ruhaifa Adil

Your child is developing his own interests while learning from both his teachers and peers. Some kids like doing science experiments (with your help); others love making beaded jewelry or playing with dolls.This is a great age to get your chilren interested in board games for some great learning and fun! Top Toys: Basic science kits Magnets, magnifying glasses, and telescopes Craft kits Construction sets, such as Legos or K'Nex Sports equipment Board games that involve strategy, including chess and checkers, blokus, qwirkle and others  

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How They Play: Ages 4 to 5

Ruhaifa Adil

There's a tremendous explosion in learning ability at this age, and it's a good time to introduce interactive educational toys that teach math and verbal skills, such as phonics boards or mini computers.Kids are now able to imagine that they're someone else and may fantasize about being airplane pilots, police officers, doctors, or teachers. Top Toys: Art supplies and craft kits Blocks of different shapes Electronic phonics toys Construction sets with large pieces, such as Legos or Lincoln Logs Puzzles of greater complexity Dress-up clothes Transportation toys, such as parking garages, airports, and train stations Board games that don't require reading,...

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How They Play: Ages 2 to 3

Ruhaifa Adil

Your children's play is now more purposeful, and they have the fine motor skills needed to complete a puzzle or build with blocks by themselves. They'll start to enjoy pretend play that imitates the actions of people around her. They'll like high-tech toys that make real-life sounds, such as telephones that ring or dolls that talk. No matter how politically correct you are, your child will probably play in a gender-stereotypical way -- at least some of the time. A boy may use his dump truck to scoop up sand, while a girl might pretend to feed her doll and put it...

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How They Play: Ages 1 to 2

Ruhaifa Adil

Babies are fascinated by cause and effect and will enjoy any toy that responds to their actions and makes use of newly acquired motor skills. At this age, they'll love toys that allow them to hit a ball with a hammer as well as toys with buttons that cause characters to pop up or cogs to roll. Some high-tech toys for this age will name a letter, a shape, or a number when your baby presses a button. They're too young to actually learn their ABCs, but they'll still enjoy interacting with these toys and being exposed to language. Top Toys:  Stacking rings Nesting...

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