Just like with books, it is important to have age appropriate toys to help children develop both physically and mentally.
“Toys are actually subliminal learning tools.” – This Scribbler Mum
After our first child was born, things accumulated pretty quickly and a lot of those things are toys. As she grew, we had to giveaway a lot of those toys but we also made sure to keep some of the toys that we knew would be essential for a growing baby should we have another one. Not only is our second baby benefiting from them now, we also saved ourselves a bit of money too from buying another set of the same toys.
Here are some of the favourite baby toys that we kept from when our now four year old was a baby which have now been passed on to her baby sister (so far).
Stacking cups are an instant interest and favourite for our babies. They are easy to hold for tiny hands, great for banging together, stimulating as they are colourful, and fun to build towers with (along with tearing it down). They are also great for teaching colours, counting and even the concept of big or small eventually.
Gund Peek a Boo Bear
Peek a boo being one of the first games that babies learn, this Peek a Boo Bear gives babies a few minutes of fun. Not only is it cute (I mean, it’s a teddy bear!), it also has a very cute voice that encourages babies to play along. The mouth moves when it talks and the arms move to hold a cloth up or down just like how a person would do when playing peek a boo.
Fisher-Price Stroll Along Walker
Ours is an older version but it is basically a stroller (our old one came with a doll). Our baby likes pushing it which is helpful when they are just learning to walk. The wide base of support helps to steady her, giving her confidence. When using it this way though, proper supervision is needed for obvious reasons. She also likes examining the stroller and the wee bits and pieces on it. The music is also a treat for her, as it is a treat for us when she dances to it. And the doll, well she likes taking the doll out of it.
Similar to the stacking cups, building blocks are a hit. They are colourful, fun to squeeze with the squeaky sound and fun to stack on top of each other – that is, when she’s successful she’s really happy and proud of herself. When she’s not so successful though, she likes to throw them about (good thing they are rubber and light so she won’t hurt herself or anybody else).
Peppa Pig phone
I don’t know what it is but babies like buttons like that on remote controls. This Peppa Pig toy phone gives her that satisfaction of playing with buttons and getting different peppa pig sounds as she does so. It is very good for developing fine motor skills.
A wooden xylophone is colourful, fun to bang with a stick and makes sounds. What’s not to like? It is amazing when I see her playing with it purposefully. Not only does she learn from it but it shows how quickly she picks up things by copying everything we do.
Little Tykes shape sorter
We have two shape sorters, an interactive shape sorter and the simpler ball one that does not need batteries. Both are really good. She does not put the shapes through the proper holes yet but she loves examining the different shapes, banging them together (of course!) and it’s a good way to teach her the names of each shapes and colours while developing her vocabulary.
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