The holiday season is quickly approaching, and we want to support you when it comes to thinking about your holiday shopping! We understand and respect the fact that families celebrate different holidays or may not celebrate them at all. So while the following information is somewhat of a gift giving guide, it is helpful information for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the developmental suitability of toys.
Children are always learning and growing, so ensuring that they are playing with developmentally appropriate toys can work wonders for them! As children move through developmental stages, their sensory, motor, and cognitive skills are impacted by the ways in which they play. The ways that toys impact development can differ depending on a child’s age; for example, developmentally appropriate play for one child may be just reaching for a toy but for an older child could be a toy that encourages them to practice throwing. Toys that encourage imaginary play are important as well, so that children have the chance to develop conitive skills. Below are some tips and ideas when it comes to picking the best toys for your child’s age!
Birth to 6 months:
Black and white designs are optimal for this age range since babies cannot see colors clearly. Patterns that will catch their attention are the best option when thinking about what kinds of black and white toys to buy. When using these toys, try to engage in tummy time to support the development of muscles and rolling skills.
- Toys with black and white contrasting designs
- Play mats with with tummy time objects and hanging toys
- Books with textures
- Musical toys with lights
Exploration, reading, and music are integral at this stage. Help your baby to sit up and push off from their belly; this will help your child to start learning to crawl!
- Stacking blocks or rings
- Musical instruments
- Shape sorters to put in and take out objects
Focusing on toys that promote body awareness and imaginary play is the primary goal for this age range.
- Walking toys for pushing and pulling (wagon, stroller, shopping cart, etc.)
- Balls of all sizes
- Fat crayons
- Symbolic/pretend play (kitchen tools, play farms, dollhouses, etc.)
- Picture and finger play books
Following directions, sharing, interaction with peers, movement, and coordination are all important pieces of development that are at the forefront during this stage.
- Coloring books
- Art supplies (finger paints, play dough, markers, etc.)
- Memory card games
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