With three kids of our own, we are somewhat of self-described “toy experts”! We’ve been through the Weebles, FP Little People, and Little Tykes and then moved on to the hot wheels and lego stage. Kids love toys! Playing with toys as toddlers helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of hobbies! Just consider how easy it is for kids to build with the huge duplo blocks and then make the transition to legos! and eventually grow into model car builders!
Here’s some great things to consider when picking out toys for toddler from Blogger, Decoator and Mom – Amy!
Toddlers, or children between 1 to 3 years old, tend to have a lot of energy and would need toys that will keep them occupied almost all the time. The child’s brain also develops pretty fast during this stage. This is where they start learning new things, so it’s important that they play with toys that would stimulate their intelligence.
However, parents should keep in mind that not all playthings are appropriate for kids within that said age range.
Things to Remember
Toddlers like putting toys in their mouth. Therefore, it is not safe to purchase toys with small, loose pieces as they might try to chew on them and choke if they accidentally swallow them. They also run the danger of hurting themselves on toys that have sharp edges or pointed parts. So if you want to buy building blocks for them, pick ones with rounded corners and larger pieces. Same goes for shape-recognition toys or simple puzzles.
To help develop the child’s motor skills, riding toys or toddler gyms can be provided. Just make sure that they have steady and sturdy parts to avoid causing injuries. Toy trains or cars may also be given. Just make sure to check that these toys don’t have loose cords or long strings that may loop and cause accidental strangulation.
As children these ages are curious about noise and sounds, toy musical instruments, such as a xylophone with big, fixed parts, is also a great option. Talking dolls or animals would also make great playthings – just make sure that there are no loose hairs, or removable parts.
Because toddlers like to imitate adults, it would also be a good idea to give them simple, role-playing toys and facilitate the role-play. This would boost the child’s imagination as he/she tries to picture the scenarios that are being acted. Play scenes, such as pictures of a doctor’s clinic, a house or a farm, would make a great addition to his/her toys.
For those who are between 2-3 years old, it would also be nice if they are already introduced to art to boost their creativity. Washable, non-toxic crayons, finger paints and other art materials may be given to them.
Whatever suitable toy you choose to buy for your toddler, always remember that the most important thing is that you, or a mature adult should always be around to supervise, or to even just monitor the child’s playtime every now and then in order to ensure his/her safety.