Helping Hands Nurturing Center Newsletter ~ Includes Toy Selection Guide

December 12, 2017

Here’s the most recent newsletter from Helping Hands Nurturing Center which includes the info about toy selection, copied below:

Annual Toy Selection Guide

A website that we at Helping Hands utilize during the holidays is the T.R.U.C.E. annual toy selection guide. This website can help support parents select toys of long-lasting value and show how to avoid toys of no educational or long-term value.

Consider this before you shop… Be thoughtful. Be aware that companies spend millions of dollars on marketing to children to sell their toys, but there are toys to avoid.


Toys have a high play value when they…

  • Can be used in many ways.
  • Allow children to be in charge of the play.
  • Appeal to children of more than one age or level of development.
  • Are not linked to video games, computers, TV, or movies.
  • Can be used with other toys for new and more complex play.
  • Will stand the test of time and continue to be part of play as children develop new interests and skills.
  • Promote respectful, non-stereotyped, non-violent interactions among children.
  • Help children develop skills important for further learning and a sense of mastery.
  • Can be used in solo play or play with others.
  • Can be enjoyed by all children, regardless of gender.

Examples of toys that fit the above criteria are: blocks, magna-tiles, Lincoln Logs, Grid Blocks, sand boxes, magnets, balls, bubbles, art easels, dramatic play items like capes, scarves, and doctor kits.


  • Can only be used one way.
  • Look exciting but quickly become boring.
  • Do the play “for” children.
  • Lead children to spend more time in front of TV or other media.
  • Lure children into watching the TV program or other media.
  • Promote violence and sexualized behavior.
  • Separate girls from boys.
  • Introduce academic concepts at too early and age.

For more information go to the website.