CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and parents will be spoiling their children with toys to keep them busy during the holidays. Here are some ways to choose the right toy for your little one.• Less command, more creativityThese days, children’s toys are more technologically advanced and can do anything with a click of a button. This Christmas, make a difference in your children’s lives and get them toys that will stimulate their creative side. Rather opt for puzzles as opposed to a game console.• Can other children use it?Teaching your child the art of sharing can be difficult. Author and psychologist Dr Art Markman says in Psychology Today that the only way to succeed at this is if your child is faced with a tough choice to make. It could be having to decide between sharing his or her only ball with another sad child or keeping it for himself or herself. The same theory applies to when shopping for a toy — ensure it’s something that’ll help your child adapt easily to sharing, like a board game.• Use common senseThe beauty about being a parent is that there’s no right or wrong. You do what you think is best for your child. However, this doesn’t in any way condone recklessness. Be mindful of what effect a certain toy will have on your child’s growth. Experts believe that parents who are keen on buying toy guns for their offspring should first consider educating them prior to them using it. By so doing, your child will know it’s not right to point a gun at people as this could harm them.• Keep it simpleAs opposed to adults, children are hardly impressed by the price of a gift, they’re just happy to receive something. So don’t go breaking your bank balance for an item that your child will outgrow in a few months.• BewareRemember that toy manufacturers are driven by sales, so if they have a catchy phrase promising a smarter or bilingual child, chances are they’re just overselling the toy.Read the reviews of the products and ask around before splurging on a toy. — Parent24.