...and how it affects your child's learning development
It’s the Christmas season!
For many people, that means gift giving. I’m on a constant, all-year lookout for a present for my nephews and niece because I’m always flooded with a dozen things to consider when I get something for them – Will they like it? Will the gift be useful? Will it take up too much space in my sister’s tiny house? Is the gift gender neutral, or at least not encouraging the “trucks for boys and dolls for girls” brainwashing that I grew up with as a child?
I’ve got one more worry to add to your list: Noisy toys.
Kids toys can be loud. And they often hold toys up to their ears when they are playing with them. With some toys, that’s like blasting a rock concert into their ears – More than 30 seconds of exposure can permanently damage their hearing! This is especially true for kids under the age of 18 months, where their hearing is still developing and at its most sensitive. Now imagine trying to learn, develop social skills without being able to hear sounds. I wouldn’t subject my nephews and niece to that. Not for the coolest toy in the world.
I realized how much of a geek I am when I looked at my gift choices:
If I can get a 6 and 8 year old to assemble 172 pieces without the 3 year old eating the bits, this might be perfect.
A compact, 2D and 3D puzzle game to befuddle the kids on a roadtrip
Rush Hour Traffic Jam
Develops critical thinking skills.. unless they cheat. And the car flies to the exit.
Sighs. I welcome suggestions.
If only my sister and kids were based in Wellington - I'd have given her a baby massage gift voucher. It would have been a soothing experience for the baby, and a wonderful skill for my sister to acquire that she could then keep using for life.
At $100 for 5 whole sessions, I think it's a steal and well worth every penny!
Until I find something better, I’ll be on the lookout for more capes. Because Edna Mode might say:
But she obviously hasn’t seen:
In the meantime, if your child does get a toy that makes noise, here’s what you can do:
• Download a noise meter app on your phone and use it to measure the sound. If it’s more than 60 dB with your phone mic right next to the speakers, duct tape or masking tape can help to muffle the sound
• If that doesn’t work, take out the batteries. Or toss the toy out. It’s cruel, but between that and a child’s learning development? I’d rather be cruel.
Sight & Hearing Association’s Noisy Toys List 2019
The Sight & Hearing Association is a lovely non-profit organisation that makes the effort to measure and write up a list of most popular Noisy Toys each year.
Decibel (dB) level measurements were taken with a hand-held digital sound level meter (Digital Instruments, model SL-814), calibrated to manufacturer’s specifications. A-weighted scale, set at a slow response time capturing the maximum sound level. 0 inches equals the child’s ear to the toy. 10 inches equals a child’s arm length away from the toy.
Learn more about Decibels and what they mean here.
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Sight & Hearing Association's Noisy Toys List 2019
Published with permission from the Sight & Hearing Association team.