Educational Toys for Toddlers

 

With such a range of educational toys on the market today, it can be hard to know what kind of toys to buy for your toddler. Over the next few weeks I’m going to do a number of posts on some of my favourite educational toys for this age range. Here’s Part 1! 

 

Building Blocks

 

In the early years, your toddler is working hard to develop their motor skills and hand/eye coordination so encourage them to build up the blocks and knock them down. This is also a lovely activity for developing cause & effect. Your toddler will learn that their action caused the desired effect…..that is, the big crashing sound as the blocks fall down. Here’s a round-up of all the things building blocks can target:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Motor skills
  • Develops constructive play
  • Cause & effect
  • Improves creativity
  • Spatial Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Concepts: on, off, in, out, up.
  • Social skills: turn-taking, cooperating with others.
  • Colours, Shapes & Sizes
  • Counting

 

Stacking Cups

 

Targets can include:

  • Concept Development. Whatever way you chose to use these cups, there’s plenty of opportunity to model the concepts ‘in/on/out/up/down’. Throughout the toddler years, these are concepts that can be repeated time and time again in their daily play.
  • Requesting. Don’t give your toddler all the cups at once. Encourage them to ask for ‘more’.
  • Symbolic Play. Engage in some silly play with your toddler. Use a cup as a pretend hat or pretend to take a drink. You are now laying the foundation for their imaginative thinking.
  • Problem Solving. Your toddler is working hard during this activity, trying to figure out which cups stacks on which. Prompt your toddler initially until they learn what is required of them. Another lovely fun idea is to hide some chocolate buttons under a cup and encourage them to find it.
  • Turn taking. A vital skill in conversation development and one that can be taught taking turns as you stack.
  • Colours
  • Nouns

 

Shape sorter

Shape sorters are another great toy. Initially your toddler will love just putting the shapes in and out of the container. You can slowly transition to learning where the shapes go.  Shape sorters can help develop the following skills:

  • Hand/eye coordination
  • Motor skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Turn-taking
  • Requesting ‘help’
  • Developing your child’s understanding of shapes can help with literacy development later on

 

Bubbles

And not forgetting my all time favourite, bubbles!! You can check out an earlier post I wrote here .

 

Check back shortly for part 2 or follow my Facebook page for more tips and toy recommendations.

 

Happy playing!

Jennifer

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