Gift your kids with these developmental toys..Our picks!

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Toys are more than just fun and games for kids.  Most toys provide at least some opportunity for children to learn. The best toys engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others.

Toddlers are constantly on the move. They have an urge to see more, do more, and try new things. For moms and dads, this can be a difficult stage for entertaining little ones!

 

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During this time, your tot also will begin to differentiate colors and shapes. So choose toys that are bright, colorful, and fun for little hands to hold. By age two, most toddlers can kick a ball, scribble with a crayon, and build towers four or more blocks tall. By age 3, they can do simple puzzles and pedal a tricycle too.

You can introduce toys that expose baby to new skills, all while keeping them happy and occupied.

  1. Toys that Baby Can Manipulate: Toys that can be manipulated, such as shape sorters, stacking blocks, and baby-safe puzzles, are great for a child’s cognitive and perceptual skills. Pegboard puzzles, nesting cups or blocks, and buckets with holes for different shaped blocks challenge hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.

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2. Multi-sensory Toys: Toys for toddlers are often bright, bold and musical. That’s because at this stage, baby’s senses are ripe for stimulation. Musical instruments, textured puzzles, mobiles, and baby-safe mirrors are excellent multi-sensory options.

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3. A Toy Bin Staple: A ball is a staple for every toy bin. They’re also a great way to expose your toddler to new skills. Cognitively, infants and toddlers learn about the properties of balls. They bounce, roll down hills, are easy to move and difficult to keep still. The finger holds make it easy to grasp, throw, and squeeze. It’s a simple and great choice for curious and active toddlers.

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4. Role-play toys: Play kitchens, doctor’s kits, and golf sets help children learn how the world works by imitating the actions of you and other influential adults. Dolls and stuffed animals encourage pretend play and aid social and emotional development by teaching tots how to express emotions and take care of something they love.

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Children can learn a lot from playing.  When you give your child educational toys and play with her, it gives her a chance to bond with you, learn, and have fun at the same time.  And making education enjoyable will help your child retain the things she learns and develop a positive attitude toward learning.

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