"Young children get frustrated with toys and games not suited to their physical or mental capabilities," said Erika Kravic, R.N., Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children's Hospital.
"And some toys can have parts that are dangerous for a younger child," she added.
Kravic listed four criteria for toys and games:
It isn't easy. Kravic said that even innocent-looking toys, such as marbles and balloons, can present dangers to children.
Often, toy buyers don't read labels that provide information on ages. There are several things to avoid when buying toys for a child:
Age appropriate toys are important, too, Kravic said:
Newborn to 1 -- Toys that appeal to a baby's sight, hearing and touch.
1- to 2-year-olds -- Must withstand a toddler's curious nature (stacking toys, sturdy dolls).
3- t0 5-year-olds -- Experimental toys or those imitating parents and older children.
5- to 9-year-olds -- Toys that promote skill development and creativity.
10- to 14-year-olds -- Scientific toys or those encouraging hobbies.