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When it comes to toys, striking the balance between entertaining and educational can be tricky, but clinical psychologist Daniel Marston, PhD, ABPP, has a great piece of advice on how to nourish kids intellectually while they have fun. “Children at this age need to learn that they have to put effort into remaining focused on tasks if they are going to complete them successfully,” he said.
With this in mind, we chose many gifts and toys for 7-year-olds that include an element of focus and task completion. Whether it’s finishing a craft or choosing how to outfit a doll, kids can practice setting a goal and reaching it with these toys. We also looked for toys that encouraged social development. “I particularly like games that focus on cooperation and effective communication.” said Marston.
And because we’re particularly jolly this time of year, we added some purely silly gifts too.