It’s not even Halloween and already retailers are getting a jump on the holiday shopping season. Each day our mailbox has been full of catalogs while weekly circulars and online sites list deals for the season’s hot toys. It’s sometimes hard to resist the deals in favor of choosing a toy for it’s longevity, open-ended play possibilities, and quality but The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has some fabulous resources to help consumers wade through an endless array of gift options during the holiday season and beyond.
ASTRA’s website not only features helpful tips on what to look for when buying toys but they have great guides based on age to ensure that you’re always shopping for age appropriate items for your child or another loved one. The comprehensive guides provide a snapshot of the age as well as developmental milestones. Take a look!
- Toys for Birth to Six Months
- Toys for Six to Twelve Months
- Toys for Toddlers
- Toys for Two-year-olds
- Toys for Three-year-olds
- Toys for Four-year-olds
- Toys for Five-year-olds
- Toys for Six- to Eight-year-olds
- Toys for Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews
- Toys that Keep Kids Engaged
- Toys for Kids with Disabilities
Since ASTRA encourages families to think of developmental level and personal interests of the child when making toy choices, they are providing an ASTRA Best Toys for Kids 2012 prize pack featuring some of their top picks as a giveaway.
One (1) reader will win the following collection of toys (valued at over $150 courtesy) of ASTRA!
Playmobil Future Planet Playset – age 7-12, retail value $129
Rubik’s The Void Puzzle – age 8 +, retail value $14.99
Puppets on a Stick – age 4+, retail value $9.99
To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below!
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Please note that items are subject to change and may not be those that are linked to or pictured in this post. For complete contest details, visit my Official Sweepstakes Rules page.
I am an ASTRA Ambassador and receive compensation for my involvement in the program but was not paid to host this giveaway. All opinions are my own. Amazon affiliate links contained in this post. Logo courtesy of ASTRA.