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Things to Keep on Mind When Buying Children’s Toys

The holiday season is upon us, and that means three things: family gatherings, Christmas dinners, and plenty of gifts. For the adults, the main draw for the holiday is the first two things – the food and the companionship. For the kids, however, everything is second to the gifts they will get, especially if they are in the form of toys.

We know that plenty of parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and family friends will be running around, trying to find the right toys for the kids in their lives. Those who are internet-savvy might order the toys from an online store like Thaynards. How good of a match they will make depends on how well they know what the kids want, however, there are a few things everyone buying children’s toys needs to keep in mind.

The first thing is safety. The usual reasoning goes that children bellow certain age shouldn’t play with small toys because they can unwillingly inhale or swallow them. However, there are some other things that pertain to toy safety, like the quality of manufacturing and the materials that are used. If a toy is flimsy and could easily be broken, it might present a danger for the child playing with it. Likewise, because children of a certain age like to put everything into their mouth, it is very important for the toy to be made of non-toxic, non-carcinogenic materials. Harmful materials can cause everything from rashes to serious health issues, so to stay on the safe side, do some research on the materials that are blacklisted for use in children’s toys, look at declaration stickers on the packaging, and only buy toys from established manufacturers.

Next, you need to think about whether the toy is appropriate for the children. This is where you actually have to think about whether or not the kids will be interested in the toy, but that’s not the only thing you need to ponder on. The toy needs to be age appropriate for many reasons, from safety to simply the ability of the child to play with it. Or, in case the child has outgrown the toy, you’ll have a tough time making him play with it. It’s important to get age-appropriate toys because toys for certain age groups are made with their capabilities in mind. Apart from being age appropriate, the toys can also be gender-appropriate or not, but this might not be an issue if the parents aren’t raising the children in traditional gender roles.

Finally, you need to ask yourself a simple question – what value does the toy have? Sure, toys are made for kids to have fun with them, but that’s not everything they can do. They can help develop motor skills, they can help with learning how to read and write, or perform many tasks adults take for granted. Through play, kids learn how to navigate the world around them and interact with things, so a good toy will also teach them something. Bikes teach about balance, but also about being a responsible participant in traffic. Legos teach creativity. Rattles teach that manipulating objects make things happen, which is an important lesson when we’re really young. So keep in mind – a good toy should be safe, appropriate for the child and the way it’s being raised, and it should be fun and facilitate learning.

Beach Gear for the Whole Family

Preparing for a family outing to the beach can be a formidable task. Sure, if you live by the sea or spend a lot of time at the beach you might have it down to a routine. But the rest of us who only manage to see big water surfaces during vacations, it takes some time to get everything together. So to make things simple, here are the bare necessities for a day at beach with the whole family. Some of them you might already have in your home, some of them might be available at the beach, and some are easily bought in online stores like Thaynards.

First of all, you need a couple of beach towels. Sand is nice and everything, but if you lay down on it for long enough, it will get anywhere, and then it won’t be so nice. Beach towels need to be big, absorbent, durable and sand-repelling. So you can’t use a big bathroom towel instead of a dedicated beach towel, or you can but that would mean you didn’t have a proper bathroom towel in the first place.

Keeping to the theme of things you’ll need beneath you on the beach, some beach chairs would also be nice to have. You might rent them at some beaches, but if you have enough room in your car, you should bring your own. And another thing you’ll need between you and the sand are flip-flops, flip-flops for the whole family. They are the most practical footwear for the beach, and you should use them.

You’ll need things to protect you from the sun. Sunscreen is great, but you will need something to be a physical barrier between you and the sun rays, and for that end you have a couple of choices. Wide-brimmed hats are a must for your kids, because they will protect their heads, faces and necks from getting sunburns. Sunglasses are also a good thing to have at the beach. And while you’re stationary, you should get under a beach umbrella.

Now for the fun part – you’ll need some toys to play with at the beach. Well, the kids will need them, but hey, why wouldn’t you let some steam off in an all-out war against the kids with a water gun? Inflatable toys are also great for the beach because they don’t take up much space while they are deflated so they are easy to pack, and once they are inflated they will float on water, so you’ll be able to play with them in the water as well as on dry land. And let’s not forget the little builders in the kids, and give them some tools to build sand castles – sets of shovels, buckets and other necessary tools are easy to find and inexpensive.

Lastly, you’ll need something to pack everything into. Beach bags are a great way to carry your beach gear around, but depending on the amount of the gear you plan to bring to the beach and its size, you might need something more. Something like a beach cart, that is easy to more around the beach and can carry more stuff than a bag. And with that, you’ll be fully set to have some fun with your family at the beach.

5 Necessary Inflatables for a Cool Summer

There are more than a couple of things necessary for a cool and fun summer. There’s the sun, of course, and the warm weather. There’s your family or friends, and maybe your beloved pet. There’s the time off work, which you can use to get away from the tumult of the city and your everyday life. There are the ways to keep yourself from getting too warm, which usually include being in or around large bodies of water. And where there’s water, there has to be inflatables. So, before you think you’re set for the summer, check this list to see if you have all of the inflatables you need, and don’t fret if you don’t – you can easily get most of them from Thaynards.

  1. Inflatable Pool

Those of us who can’t go to the sea or the ocean need a way to bring the fun to our homes. If there’s a backyard or even a front lawn in play, one of the best ways of doing it is by setting up an inflatable pool. They are great fun for the whole family, and they will definitely help you stay cool during the warm summer days.

  1. Inflatable Boats

Inflatable boats, or any other type of float for that matter, are a requirement if you have a large pool in your house, or if you plan to spend a part of the summer on the beach. Using inflatable boats or floats in a pool is always a safe way to have fun, but if it’s used at sea, you should be very careful not to get caught by the current. So whatever you do, don’t fall asleep on them – you can wake up miles away from the shore. And that’s not a pleasant feeling.

  1. Kids’ Floaties

If your kids still don’t know how to swim, it doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun in the sea or the pool. All you need to do is get them the kind of floaties that are wrapped around their arms or waist, and they’ll be set to have all the fun in the world in the water. Still, these floaties will not make them 100% safe in the water, so you’ll still have to keep your eyes on them the whole time.

  1. Beach Balls

What’s a day at the beach without a beach ball? It’s good for the beach, it’s good for the sea, it’s good for the ocean, it’s good for the pool. Beach ball is the ultimate inflatable toy, even though it’s by no means the only one you can get. From joust sets to inflatable animal toys, they will occupy your kids’ attention, and they can also be fun for the adults, too.

  1. Inflatable Accessories for the Grownups

Some inflatable accessories are made with the grownups in minds. An inflatable drink koozie, for example, will keep the beverage cold and afloat, which makes it a must for the long days spent floating on an inflatable chair in the pool.