Your 7 1/2-year-old: Big kid toys

Your 7 1/2-year-old: Big kid toys

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Your 7-year-old now

Ages 6 to 8 can be a transition time when your child leaves preschooler toys behind for good yet is still drawn to the toy box. Sort through your child's toys periodically and donate outgrown ones. This reduces clutter and lets your child spot the playthings that suit her at this age. Too much stuff in a playroom can make it hard for your child to single a toy out.

Having plenty of toys on hand is also a way to tempt your child away from the all-too-alluring computer. One in three parents of kids 6 to 18 think their kids spend too much time online, according to a Commonsense Media poll.

Great toy ideas now:

  • sports equipment (balls, bikes, pogo sticks, scooters)
  • play sets with many small parts (dollhouses, soldier sets, farms)
  • trading cards (in whatever the cool game of the year happens to be)
  • puzzles that are neither too hard nor too easy
  • puppet stages and puppets
  • simple science or craft kits (check the ages on the box)
  • art materials, including paint-by-number sets, play clay, and sidewalk chalk
  • board games
  • blocks and building toys
  • simple chapter books (or beginner series such as Junie B. Jones, Magic Treehouse)
  • mechanical animals and small vehicles that your child can move and control
  • playhouse, fort, or other "secret space"

Your life now

Having trouble sticking to an exercise routine? Try the buddy system. Knowing that you have to meet a friend for your evening walk or Saturday morning class increases the odds that you'll make it — you don't want to let her down. Better yet, it turns what may feel like a chore into a mini social break.

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