Many parents have been there – wondering what to do about all those toys that just sit in a heap in the toy box – or are played with for one minute and then tossed aside. The solution? Find toys that your little one will love and actually want to play with for the long-term.
Toddlers can be quite finicky about many things, including what they like to play with. Some children may take interest in just about any toy presented to them, but many young kids will often grow bored and distracted after a few minutes spent examining the new object. Perhaps hiding the toy away for some time and presenting it at a later date will have a better outcome. Or, you can simply find toys that your tot will love from the start and avoid having a mountain of castaway toys in the first place.
According to Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, also known as “Dr. Toy,” parents should choose toys for their children that offer a good balance while also inviting creative opportunities and enriching a child’s skills. Such toys should include open-ended options like blocks, electronics that are balanced with nontech toy options, physical toys such as balls and silly or surprise toys.
Choosing toys for your toddler doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some options that toddlers will actually want to play with for months — and maybe even years — to come.
5 Toddler Toys You’ll Love
My daughter actually received this from her dad and I for her first birthday (the pink cow version), and she loves it! Just on the verge of walking on her own, this adorable walker has kept her entertained off and on throughout the day.
As an added bonus, it has also helped her gain more confidence in her walking abilities. Some of the walker’s wonderful features include five piano keys, spinning rollers, light-up buttons and shape sorters. There are also plenty of songs, sound effects and fun phrases – the walker also features a pretend telephone which my daughter loves holding up to her ear.
Toddlers love to build and create new things. Blocks have stood the test of time as a favorite for young children. This building block set has ranked highly as one of the best toy block sets out there. The Mega Bloks are chunky, which make them easy for toddlers to grab and put together. This particular set of blocks can also link to other Mega Bloks sets and helps inspire creativity in young children.
Designed to make bath time more enjoyable, this fun BPA free Amazon Best-Seller helps develop a child’s hand-eye coordination and features fun colors and shapes that are attractive. Kids will love making a game of trying to toss the three rings on the octopus, which floats in the bathtub or pool.
My daughter has this chair at Grandma’s house and it has also become a favorite of hers. The fun chair offers three different stages, or levels, from 12 months of age to beyond 24 months. The chair is a “smart” chair of sorts and knows when your baby sits down. It will also activate songs and phrases when he or she stands up.
Tots can flip a book on the chair’s armrest to hear about shapes and numbers. They can also lift up the cushion and get a surprise of more fun activities to enjoy. All activities are developmentally appropriate based on the level you select. From teaching first words to learning how to answer questions and follow directions, this smart chair is a smart choice and will entertain your kiddo for a long time to come.
This instrument set will be sure to be music to your little one’s ears! The set includes a drum, drumsticks, jingle bell, maraca, tambourine and shak-a-shaka eggs. As an added bonus, the animal-themed instruments all fit compactly inside the drum, making for an easy cleanup.
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