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Health Minute: Toy Safety

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You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.  

With the holiday gift-giving season approaching, many ask how to choose the right toy for a child. Play is important for children’s cognitive, physical, and social development.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends choosing toys that engage children socially and physically and urges limiting electronic toys.

Ideas for age-appropriate toys include: sensory-friendly toys for infants; large blocks and wooden puzzles for toddlers; dress-up clothes and other pretend play items for preschoolers; and books and art supplies for younger school children. 

Children with special needs benefit from functional toys. Consult a specialty therapist for options.

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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.

Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.