Which toys are appropriate for which age?

Playing is very important and indispensable for the development of our children. It is necessary for them to explore and grasp the world, to deal with it creatively and to learn rules for life in society.
Playing is an exciting activity that provides new impressions and is obviously extremely efficient.
For which age is the new toy intended, what is the play value of the toy – these thoughts and questions always take priority when new products are developed at Gollnest & Kiesel. Parents, educators and toy manufacturers bear joint responsibility for the development of our children. We are delighted when you allow us to share in your experiences with children.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious," wrote Albert Einstein in a letter to the author Carl Seelig. We want our children to be able to satisfy their great curiosity for the world around them with our toys in an age-appropriate manner. The following guidelines provide you with a brief overview of the age and development levels for which we consider our toys to be particularly suitable. Naturally, the overview is not complete, nor does it correspond to the individual development of your child. That is something you can assess far better yourself and your children will certainly leave you in no doubt as to which toys they consider appropriate for them.

  • the first 6 month
  • 6 month and older
  • 1 year and older
  • 2 years and older
  • 3 years and older

Toys for the first six months

Your child is born into a completely new, strange world. It now needs security and affection. It will begin to turn its head towards sounds and movements. Mobiles, clip figures, mini-trapezes and pram chains provide your baby with orientation when they are installed in a fixed place.
Your baby will take in its first acoustic stimuli gratefully and attentively. Rattles and grasping toys support the development of hearing, seeing, feeling.

Your child will grasp objects you put in its hand and also, after a few weeks, move them deliberately from one hand to the other.
So much has to be comprehended. Every object is moved, familiar things are recognised. Familiar sounds and shapes cause pleasure.
Wooden toys are already indispensable in this early phase because wood is a warm material that is more closely linked to the history of mankind than any other.

Toys from age six months

Your child can sit up unsupported, explore things visually, distinguish your facial expressions, It is becoming more and more mobile, starts to crawl and can soon stand up with assistance. Exploring cause and effect is very exciting. Your gaze and your pointing finger are followed. You should talk to your child a lot, naming objects, as your child's passive vocabulary grows enormously in this time. Because your child understands that objects are still present even if they are not visible and tangible, it gets a lot of pleasure from making hidden grasping toys or other toys reappear.

Support your child with a grasping and playing trainer that stimulates crawling and grasping. When looking at a picture book together your child will understand its first words. Mobiles, grasping toys, mini-trapezes remain the toys of choice.

Toys from age one year

Your child is developing fantastically! It is becoming more and more lively, can grip firmly and even throw things rather than just dropping them. It starts building small towers and is learning to walk. The pleasure of running without support is increased by objects which it can pull behind it or push in front of it..
A hammering bench helps the child to develop a sense of its own strength and to train its motor skills. Colours and shapes can be distinguished and attributed and a children's xylophone is perfect as the first musical instrument. What sound does the red bar make?

Toys from age two years

Your child is becoming more independent and wants to do a lot on its own. It is inquisitive and wants to know what happens if… ? Its creativity is developing and your child's first constructions with wooden building blocks will astound you. Ride-on cars support the need for movement, steering and a sense of speed.

Toys from age three years

Your child is influenced by a host of changes. In role-playing games it processes previous experiences or prepares itself for new experiences. In doing so, social forms of behaviour are developed which the child's previous two years have already prepared it for. Agreements are made and conflicts have to be solved.Help your child in this exciting time with toys designed specially for to support these developments.

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