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14 Best Toys & Gifts For 7-Year Old Boys & Girls, According To Experts

1 month ago   |   By Scary Mommy

It's time to go shopping for the lucky number sevens in your life! As anyone who has ever spent time with a 7-year-old knows, it's an age of curiosity which often leads to asking lots of questions in school, at home, on play dates, and, well, pretty much anywhere. Claire S. Green, President of Parents' Choice Foundation , the nation's oldest nonprofit dedicated to finding quality media and toys, explains that 7-year-olds have reached a point where they know what they like and are even eager to show us adults how to do certain things correctly. (Hey, sometimes we need to be told what's...
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17 Best Toys & Gifts For 4-Year Olds, According To Experts

17 Best Toys & Gifts For 4-Year Olds, According To Experts

1 month ago   |   By Scary Mommy

Your little munchkin is 4 years old. Time is flying by! At this age, four year olds are “really focusing on social and emotional development. While the academics do come into play, their ability to ask for what they need and to regulate their emotions in an age appropriate way is paramount,” says Pamela Morris, MSEd, Early Childhood Director of the Early Childhood Learning Center in Chandler, AZ,
As for key things to keep in mind when selecting a toy or a gift, Dr. Jillian Roberts , a clinical childhood psychologist, says it's important to note that no two children are alike. “The first...
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20 Best Toys & Gifts For 5-Year Olds, According To Experts

20 Best Toys & Gifts For 5-Year Olds, According To Experts

1 month ago   |   By Scary Mommy

At 5 years old, many children will enter kindergarten, officially starting their school career. It's both an exciting and challenging time, which also means “there is often a new emphasis on what children ‘should' be able to know and do by the time they enter kindergarten,” says Lisa B. Fiore, Professor and Co-chair, Education & Director of the Child Homelessness Initiative at Lesley University.
Fiore says this emphasis on academic progress can impede or infringe upon children's natural interests and developmental arc. “It's important for caregivers to recognize that their own expectations...
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22 Best Toys & Gifts For 6-Year Old Boys & Girls, According To Experts

22 Best Toys & Gifts For 6-Year Old Boys & Girls, According To Experts

1 month ago   |   By Scary Mommy

Your child is six years old! Which means he or she is most likely starting the first grade. This is an exciting age when it comes to blending learning with play. At this age, according to Marilyn Chapman , Professor Emerita, and former Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research at the University of British Columbia, both boys and girls benefit from a repertoire of different kinds of play that foster different aspects of their development. “They especially benefit from physical development and well-being, intellectual development, and s ocial-emotional development...
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