Toys are a large part of a child’s life, which is why it’s important to get toys that will help them gain skills too. Good toys should be durable, fun, engaging, educational and can be played in several ways.
Here are some of the toys suitable for toddlers:
1. Mega Bloks
Mega Bloks are bigger than Legos and are not a choke-hazard. The blocks also are also easy to put together and taken apart. Block play is good for young children because it encouraged imaginative play and helps develop fine motor skills. The blocks are made out of non-toxic materials so adults don’t need to worry if their toddler tests it against their teeth. To clean, immerse the blocks in hot, soapy water.
2. Wooden blocks
Similar to Mega Bloks, they help children develop fine motor skills, spatial skills, have an imaginative play and also develop vocabulary. Wooden blocks come in all shapes and sizes and expose children to new shapes such as semicircles, cylinders, triangles and arches.
Playing with dollhouses lets children develop their creativity and imagination. Children who play with dolls develop social skills and gain vocabulary. This is also a good activity for children who are shy because it provides them with a way to talk and practice their social skills in a more private setting. Pretending to be someone else during doll play help develop empathy in children as well.
4. Sorting, matching and classifying games
Sorting skill is an early math skill. This skill helps train the brain to organize thoughts and retrieve information. Kids get to understand their world better and think logically when they are able to sort and classify items into groups. To get started, get them to sort items by colour before advancing them to sort by shape and size.
Some examples of sorting games include Baby Blocks and wooden puzzles. Coding toys such as Fisher-Price’s Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar has sorting and sequencing involved.
5. Workbench and tools
There is something addictive about screwing and unscrewing nuts and bolts. While the kids are engrossed in this action, they are unknowingly strengthening their fine motor and fingers which will help them to grip items such as pencils better. It’s also a good way to keep them occupied for some time by hammering and pretending to be a workman.