When purchasing toys for toddlers, it's imperative that you search for toys that are as fun as they are educational. 80% of brain growth occurs during the first three years of a child's life and giving them educational toys that help their development is the best way to encourage their minds to explore without boring them.
Here are seven educational toys to purchase for your toddler-aged girls and boys that they will enjoy and learn from.
Mix-and-match puzzles are a wonderful option for toddlers because they involved fine-motor skills as well as mental dexterity to solve them. Beleduc's Match-and-Mix Animals Puzzle
is no different. With colourful animals to spark their interest, this set of 15 2-piece puzzles will keep them engaged and active while they use their fingers to enlighten their brains. The best part of this toy is that the pieces can flip over and act as a memory game for when your little one gets older.
If you're looking for a way to let a toddler improve their coordination and have a better understanding of music, then the Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench by Hape
is the perfect option. Made from a sturdy wood and metal combination, this musical toy will last through the physical punishment only a toddler can deliver while growing their mind. It offers two ways to play that both engage the mind and introduce toddlers to musical systems and sounds. An added benefit is that children will be able to experiment with cause and effect: pound the ball, it falls through the bench and crescendos down the xylophone!
Another colourful and engaging toy by Hape, the Wild Safari Adventure Wooden Activity Play Cube
is a combination of puzzles and mazes for your child to explore, perfect their fine-motor skills, and delve into spatial learning. Designed for children 12-months and older, this toy can withstand play for years since it's constructed of wood and colourful, water-based paint.
If you want your toddler to grow up and be an active thinker and thoughtful scientist, then the Build and Learn XXL 100 Piece made by SmartMax Magnetic Discovery
is your best option. A STEM learning device that promotes the understanding of magnetism and gravity, this toy lets children practice their spatial orientation skills by turning 2D pictures into 3D objects. In 2010, it was awarded the Toy of the Year in the Netherlands because of its high-quality and ability to show toddlers how to build, strengthen, and create their own structures.
The Bunny Peek a Boo by Smart Games
was given the Parent's Choice Silver Award because it encourages strategic planning, spatial understanding, and advanced problem-solving skills in toddlers. Object permanence, puzzle solving, and logical reasoning all come into fruition while playing with this toy. Its colourful blocks are sure to keep little girls and boys interested, and with 60 different challenges to conquer, this is not a toy that will quickly disappear from a toddler's memory.
If you're looking to buy a toy that offers tactile, audio, and visual rewards for a growing mind, the Tegu 42 Piece Tints
set of magnetic, wooden blocks is your next purchase. This is a toy that comes with no instruction manual nor any list of rules or regulations in how to play. This set of blocks simply requires an active imagination and the possibilities are endless. This gives your toddler that chance to explore spatially and logically while engaging their senses at every 'click-clack' of the magnets.
The Roll & Play Game by Thinkfun
is your child's first chance to play a real game. With rules that are simple to understand for an exploring mind, your toddler will practice new sounds, learn about new animals, and physically express themselves in a fun way. This toy was honoured with a plethora of awards because of its ability to engage toddlers with their first opportunity to learn about play patterns in a safe way.
When choosing a educational toy for a toddler girl or boy, engaging, interactive, and colourful toys that promote STEM learning and encourage growth through multiple intelligences are ideal. Learning while having fun is what toddler-hood is all about!
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