Toddlers are little explorers who learn by doing. Play gives your child a great opportunity to develop and practice new skills at their own pace by following their unique interests. The toys and playthings your child has available to them can shape their development in important ways. Better choose wisely!
While it may seem like choosing toys for toddlers should be easy, as you walk into a toy store today, the only thing that’s easy is feeling overwhelmed. There is a huge array of toys that have been developed for the toddler market. How do you choose which are right for your child? How can you tell which are high quality and which will last? Which will engage your child’s interest for more than a few days or weeks?
Here are some tips that may help find the right toys:
1. Multi use toys save lives: Playing gives children the chance to practice new skills over and over again definitely when they are interested. Toys that give kids a chance to figure something out on their own and gives them a challenge. It also builds their logical thinking skills and help them become persistent problem-solvers. They also help children develop spatial relations skills (understanding how things fit together), hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills (using the small muscles in the hands and fingers). When choosing the toy you can find ones that have multiple ways to play with the items. For example clay can be used to make shapes and learn colors. Along with learning to read if you label; same goes with blocks.
2. Problem solving toys builds many skills: Things like puzzles and nesting items are things your child has to solve. Like stated in the tip above this help with many functions your kid will need to survive more than just school. It will also help identify problem areas that your kid may struggle with. It's best to discover these challenges at home than school. Most schools can't handle each child individually so the problem may be overlooked or misdiagnosed. I can never stress foundation enough it'll help in the future and make life so much easier.
3. Spark their imagination: I know Bastian loves to build and likes to pretend his within things. I play off that by buy bigger lego sets and fort like things so he can play inside. It helps because he has to figure out how he can make it into a house for him to be in. I also let him use just plain cardboard. Another good toy we made together was a marble maze. We took a cardboard box and broke it down and he figured out how he wanted his maze to go and he helped cut and glue it together. I repaired it more than I care to but he plays with it more than any of his other things. He likes the fact that he came up with the way it looks a works. So he went super creative with it and it help exercise his skills.
If you want some templates on some handmade toys Bastian and I have made then check out my instagram story or shoot me a message!
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