Educational Products

Written by Sierra Rein
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With all the educational products available on the market today, parents should be extra careful about which ones they choose for their children. Not every toy or activity kit is appropriate for every age, and safety concerns should be held at a high priority. An educational product should first be decided on based on how effective it is in teaching the child a new concept, how much time it keeps him entertained and stimulated, and if it is made of high quality material and design elements.

Educational products and toys should be age appropriate and chosen to match to the physical and emotional development of each child. Look for educational products that help small babies and toddlers learn to reach up and grab things, or how to explore their surroundings. Older children can be given items that help them become more involved with a personal skill, be it an interest in art, music, sports or an appreciation for the natural world.

Electronic or mechanical educational products, while popular today, are less likely to challenge and stimulate a child's sense of creativity. The best toys are those that keep children in high performance or thought modes to help them understand their relationship to the world around them. Some educational items are also practical in nature, like a large-dial watch that can teach a young student how to recognize the time of day, or a backpack with fun facts about animals printed on its sides.

When to Reject Educational Products

Any product that seems unsafe for the child should be avoided, no matter what the packaging says. Young children should never be given educational products with a lot of moving parts, chemicals, or small pieces that could easily be broken off and swallowed. If there are any questions regarding a particular educational toy, a parent should contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission or consumerreports.org to see if any warnings have been sent out.


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