ERIC Number: ED394625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
The Toy Manufacturers of America Guide to Toys and Play. Revised Edition.
American Toy Inst., New York, NY.
When children play with a broad variety of toys, the experiences help them to develop to their fullest potential. This booklet is designed to help parents provide the best play opportunities for children. It describes how the toy industry and government work together to ensure toy safety and offers simple charts to guide parents in toy shopping. It emphasizes that play is essential to children's development and is the way that youngsters learn the skills they will need for a happy and capable adulthood, including physical skills, language acquisition, social skills, problem solving, and emotional well being. The booklet also emphasizes the importance of parent participation and recommends that parents observe the child's skills, join in and play at the child's level, be creative, and have a good time with each other. In regard to toy safety, this booklet emphasizes parental supervision, the importance of a hazard-free environment, and proper selection and maintenance of toys. A safety checklist for parents to select suitable toys for their children, information on age and safety labeling, and toy selection guidelines according to age group are included. (MOK)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Check Lists, Child Safety, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education, Infants, Parent Participation, Parenting Skills, Play, Problem Solving, Safety Education, Selection, Toys
The American Toy Institute, Inc., 200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 740, New York, NY 10010 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Toy Inst., New York, NY.