When you decide to purchase a toy for your child, you want to make sure it is a "good" one. There are many things that you can look at that will help you to make this decision. Below is a quick list of things you should consider when selecting a toy for your child:

1.     Must be Fun

The most important thing that you should look at is whether the toy is fun. Children need a toy that will captivate their attention and keep them entertained for some time. It also needs to be a toy that is interesting enough to draw their attention time and time again.

2.     Must be Safe

Any toy needs to have a quality that revolves around your child being safe. For extremely small children, this may mean that there should not be pieces that can break off that will fit in their mouth. Whatever the age of your child, make sure that you purchase a toy that is approved for their age group.

3.     Must be Creative

One of the most important things for kids that are playing is that they have the ability to develop their imagination and be creative. This is also something that parents should look for in a toy for their children.

4.     Must inspire Curiousness

In order to keep kids engaged with the toy, it must provide them with something that will peak their interest and make them curious about it. It is important that kids have the ability to learn how to solve problems on their own.

5.     Must inspire Learning

Another important factor for any toy is that children must be able to learn while they are playing with it. While many parents may think that this means they should learn on an academic level, it is also great if they can help develop hand eye coordination as well.

6.     Must be Challenging

While you want a toy to challenge your child, it is important that you make sure that it is not so advanced that they will become frustrated with it. Because of this, you should always select a toy that fits in with your child’s age and development level.

7.     Must inspire Interaction

Child involvement is probably the most important thing to consider when you are selecting a toy for your child. The toy that you select must be one that you child can involve themselves with rather than simply being an observer of the action. They will enjoy a toy much more if they are able to be a participant instead of watching the toy.

There are certain things that children need to learn throughout the different stages of their lives and many of the toys will that have been developed for the different age groups will help teach those things to them. By looking for the best toys for your child’s age group, you can make sure that they are learning the things that are necessary and that they are able to stay safe at the same time.


Bouncing Buddies are specially designed for toddlers and preschoolers aged 12 months to 5 years. Each Animal Hopper has been designed with child ergonomics in mind with big horns or ears for a strong grip, a contoured body for optimal balance and robust feet for a steady bounce. Our Buddies are perfect teaching aids for balance and coordination in toddlers, strength and confidence for preschoolers and fun playing together and using imagination for all ages. Each of our Bouncy Animals comes with a quality and "fun" guarantee - see the "Fun & Games" page of our website for some great games to play with your little one: http://www.bouncingbuddies.co.nz/pages/fun-ideas