Cheap Games and Toys for Kids – Ideas for Every Age Group

Children can be extremely creative whenever playtime rolls around. A simple cardboard box, for instance, can become a spaceship, a car, and then a house – all in the space of an hour or less. This alone demonstrates how important play is for a child.

Not only does it help fine-tune motor skills, movement, and how they see the world, but, it also strengthens the imagination and, as they start to play with their peers, improves social skills. The best part is that, inducing play doesn’t have to be expensive. There are cheap games and toys for kids available for all age groups.

1. Infants and toddlers aren’t too fussy about their toys, as long as they’re stimulating. Babies, especially, would much rather play with you, the parent, especially if you’re smiling at them. Once they start exploring the larger world beyond your arms, you’ll want to carry them less and less.

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Instead, let them explore on their own, and give them a few companions to share the journey, such as the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy. This plush puppy has two modes that are activated by pressing the button on its left foot.

10 classic sing-along songs for kids, including “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and “Pat-a-Cake”, are sure to engage your child’s love of music. In learning mode, this cuddly companion will introduce your toddler to shapes, numbers, and the ABCs.

2. Preschoolers have moved past the basics and will probably have started learning to read. They’ll need something more stimulating, plus toys that help get their creative juices flowing. Simple jigsaw puzzles are ideal, and so are musical instruments.

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The Plan Toy Oval Xylophone and the Plan Toy Solid Wood Drum are examples of the latter. Meanwhile, something like the Plan Toy Shape and Sort it Out will connect to what they learned as toddlers, as far as shapes are concerned.

You can even introduce your preschool-age child to the concept of cooperative play, by helping them build something out of, say, a Melissa & Doug 100-Piece Wood Blocks Set. Each piece is brightly coloured and goes beyond the usual cube shape building blocks have. So, they can really let their imagination run wild.

3. School-age children are now old enough to play both on their own and with a group. They’re now also more interested in games that involve movement. Home-made obstacle courses are a good idea. Classic games like hide-and-seek are also ideal, and you can use, say, the Nerf Super Soaker Tidal Tube Blaster to give tag a water-gun twist.

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Some children will love seeing concepts they learned in school, building on what they’ve already learned. A science lesson on metamorphosis, for instance, will really come alive for a child watching caterpillars become pupae, and then butterflies. Something like the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden will help.

Speaking of classic games for kids, don’t forget board games like Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, or even Jenga Classic Game – even if it isn’t technically a board game. These games are still around since any kid can enjoy them, no matter what generation they’re from.

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