Parents should 'buy educational toys'
Date: 30/11/2009 / Category: Indoor play for disability schools and groups
Parents should avoid the top ten toys list this Christmas and buy their children sensory toys that are durable and educational, according to a specialist toy company.
Alycia Shapiro, founder of SensoryEdge, a toyshop specialising in educational toys and therapy-based products, said that the toys that make the top ten of the most popular toys list are often expensive, easy to break and that children grow bored of them quickly.
"I thought we should point out items for children that help them learn and can last for years to come," she said.
Ms Shapiro recommends sensory toys in a variety of colours and shapes that increase intelligence and cognitive growth in young children.
Some soft play centres include baby sensory classes, which include play with objects in different colours, textures and sizes. They also include music and activities designed for sensory development.
Ms Shapiro has a child with a speech disorder and sensory integration issues and said that it is extremely important for children such as her own to be able to play with toys that are both stimulating and educational.