MADISON (WKOW) -- The holiday season is here and many parents are heading out this weekend to buy the perfect gift for their little one or ones. Before you do any shopping for children, you need to be aware of what toys are safe for children, particularly those that cause a hazard for their eyes.
While, toys and games are a great way to challenge a child's eyesight and sharpen visual acuity, certain toys can pose dangers to children's vision and eye health. The member doctors of the Wisconsin Optometric Association urge parents to keep safety in mind when purchasing toys for their children this holiday season.
Parents should avoid purchasing toys with point/sharp edges or pieces. They should select toys that are appropriate for the child's age. Toys such as slingshots, dart guns and arrows should be avoided completely, especially with younger children in the home.
Some toys, such as magnetic letters, stringing beads, and toy cash registers, can even promote the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Examples of ideal toys for children under age 2: Brightly-colored mobiles, stuffed animals, activity gyms, blocks, stacking toys, measuring cups, puzzles, shape sorters, musical toys. Examples for ages 2 and older: Child-sized household items like vacuums, rakes, lawn mowers; sandboxes, riding toys, backyard gyms, swings.
Unsafe toys may be recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The holiday season is a time to enjoy with family and friends; there are many toys on the market today to enhance a child's creativity and personality while allowing them to have fun and stay safe.
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