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The Instacart buying guide to toys

Make shopping for toys kids will love easier than ever when you shop via Instacart. Whether you're looking for the perfect birthday present, a special holiday gift, or a treat to brighten a child's day, Instacart has you covered. You can find all your favorite toy categories and brands in one easy-to-shop selection. Order using the Instacart app, and enjoy delivery in a little as 2 hours! Gone are the days of scouring different stores for the right toys for every child on your gift list. Let Instacart simplify the shopping experience at these stores whenever you're looking for toys.

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Buy your favorite toys online with Instacart. Order electronic hobby toys, dolls, other plush toys, and more from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours.

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FAQs About Toys

Toys offer lots of fun, and many toys can play a big role in children's development. However, toys do come with risks, so you'll want to choose what toys you give to younger children carefully. Remember that choking poses a hazard, especially for children ages 3 and younger, as kids that young often put objects in their mouths. It's crucial to check toys for hazards and supervise playtime for younger children.

When you're shopping for toys for kids, you'll want to keep some general guidelines in mind:
  • If toys are made with fabric, they should be flame-retardant or flame-resistant.
  • If you're buying stuffed toys, make sure they're washable.
  • Getting painted toys? Make sure that any paint on toys is lead-free.
  • Ensure that art materials are listed as non-toxic.

Babies start to understand the concept of stacking around 12-15 months. At that point, many kids' brains, eyes, and hands are at the right development stage to start with this type of play activity.

When you're looking for blocks to start out, open-ended blocks tend to work well, rather than block sets for constructing specific objects (the latter are great for older kids, though!). Young toddlers learning to throw things can safely play with large foam blocks available in various colors, shapes, and sizes. Older toddlers tend to have fun with cardboard or wooden block sets.

As your child gets older, you might move to more complex sets such as Waffle Blocks and Lego Duplo. Just remember that sets can sometimes limit kids when they're just getting started with blocks, frustrating children not yet ready to move into more complicated building activities.

Musical instrument toys are not only fun for kids but also provide developmental benefits. You'll find lots of research demonstrating the profound effect music has on the brains of young children. Making music may have even greater developmental benefits, and providing opportunities for toddlers to experiment with musical toys can go a long way.

The benefits playing with instruments provides for children include:
  • Accelerating brain development.
  • Building fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
  • Enhancing hand-eye coordination.
  • Supporting sensory development such as balance, hearing, movement, and touch.
  • Teaching patience.
Not sure which musical instrument toys to choose? Percussion instruments may provide enhanced benefits. Toys that children can hit, scratch, slap, or tap offer incredible value for a child's development. Look for:
  • Cowbells.
  • Cymbals.
  • Drums.
  • Maracas.
  • Rhythm sticks.
  • Pianos or keyboards.
  • Tambourines.
  • Triangles.
  • Wood blocks.
  • Xylophones.

Today's kids are certainly lucky, thanks to the huge array of toys out there. While that means you're sure to find something your child will love, it also means that shopping for toys can be incredibly stressful when you're not sure of the best toy to get. You'll find toys designed to spark imaginations, connect with characters from popular culture, and teach concepts such as STEM, music, art, and more.

If you need some inspiration when shopping for toys, some elements kids tend to enjoy include:
  • Characters from favorite movies and television shows.
  • Mystery unboxing and collectible surprises.
  • Toys that change color or otherwise transform when dipped in water.
  • Toys that let kids get their hands dirty or offer interactive elements (think stretching, squeezing, and squishing).
No matter the occasion, giving the right toy can make a child's day. Save time and money shopping for your favorite brands and products, and order the perfect toys from the best stores through Instacart!
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