I am going to inform you of age groups of children. Be warned pretoddler is term I made up because difference between a 4-6 month old and 8-12 month old at big. 7 months is transposition area but I pit them on lower end. Parents and toy makers stopping saying 3-4 yr olds fall into toddler category as they don’t.
Under 4 months old newborn.
4-7 months are infants at this stage it is all about bright colors.
8-12 months pretenders music and movement if it moves or makes noise they want it. They also enjoy moving by whatever means they have to move.
12-35 months are toddlers. You can break this in half young toddlers 12-23 months and older toddlers 24-35 months however at this stage the only toys they need are a box and space to run. Seriously a box makes this age happiest. Also blocks are good and this is time when few of and wooden blocks are ok before 12-13 months all blocks should be fabric blocks.
3-5 yr olds it is all about favorite characters and testing limits aka getting into official trouble if you say it’s dangerous they have to see forshaddowing themselves. Good gifts for them are 3 wheeled scooters and rollerskates so find one with their favorite color or characters and they will go nobly.
Kindergatners 5-6 like everything but espialy find bodily fictions funny. Aka poop,pee darts,barf etc hilarious. They also still enjoy favorite characters from v or books.
7-9 big kids it is all about the crafts
10-12 is preteens/tweens which ever term you prefer at this stage is all about their favorite sport.
13+ is teenagers and they already will tell you exactly what they want so less mystery their.
I repeat preschoolers are not toddlers and I wish companies and parents would comprehend how different their 3 and 4 yr olds are from 2 yr olds. I partially blame clothing companies for confusing toy companies who frankly haven’t done proper research for age groups. As the clothing companies mark preschooler sized clothes with a t. However that doesn’t exuse the toy makers either. They really should know age groups and properly market their toys.
Also Amazon stop contributing to confusion fix it you even have preschool pacific toys that are marked 3+ and toddler toys. So fix it toddler toys 1-2yr olds preschool toys 3-4 yrs old often 5 yr olds still like these but they already have 5-7 so that is acceptable just know 5-6 yr olds may need help of said thing requires reading. Amazon bugs me the most because they clearly know but fail to address it properly.
Mattel bring back Kelly nothing is wrong with Chelsea she is great for 6-7 yr olds by if you also bring back Kelly 3-4 yr olds will have doll about their age to play with and that is just much more fun then playing older girl they don’t really understand.
Yes I added a note for specifically Mattel and Amazon as frankly they need to fix their mistakes they both know they have made. I had whole different rant for fisher price and playskool to come.