Toddlers are tiny explorers who are always eager to do something and learn with it. Playtime offers a great opportunity to toddlers to develop and practise new skills at their own pace while following their unique passions. Therefore toys and playthings play an important role in shaping her development.
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Choosing toys for toddlers may seem easy, but when you go through a toy store today, e.g. the vast collection of Tiny Tiny Shop Shop, you may only be overwhelmed. Toddler toys market is brimming with options. So, how will you choose the right toys for your kid? Here are a few tips.
Toddlers typically love to separate, put together, put in, pull out, stack and build up. Considering their likings, choose toys that can be used to perform many or all these actions. Toys should have versatility so that your toddler can play many games with them. For example, chunky blocks can be used for building a road, a zoo, a spaceship or a motor. Such toys trigger children’s imagination and develop logical thinking.
If a toy engages your toddler for only some days and then he won’t look at it again, your money is wasted. To avoid this, look for toys that your toddler will find interesting at every stage of his development. For example, he will find tiny plastic animals for telling a story in jungle, a village, a household and more, and he can also take them in trucks from one place to the other.
Kids learn new skills with play again and again. Toys that offer them a chance to learn something by themselves, or with a little assistance, develop their logical thinking skills and enable them to become problem-solvers. They even develop spatial relations skills in children, fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
During the 3rd year of your child, his creativity is truly booming since he can now play the role of someone else (e.g. a king) and imagine that something (e.g. blocks) is something else (e.g. buildings in his country). At this stage, you should find toys that will trigger his imagination more and more so that he builds and acts out tales.
With pretend play your toddler will learn language skills, problem-solving skills, literacy skills and the ability to put things or events in a sequence.
Your toddler will now slowly get good at understanding how different objects work, like light switches or TV remote. She will be also interested in playing with the ‘real’ stuff, like your mobile phone, since she eagerly wants to become big like you. At this stage give her the real stuff or toys that resemble real things, e.g. the best quality child play sets from Tiny Tiny Shop Shop.
Toddlers love to do all sorts of physical tricks as they are growing stronger and more confident of their bodies. You have to be an appreciative spectator for the newest play achievements of your little one. Now you should look for toys that will help your toddler practise her current physical skills and learn new ones.
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While kids and adults can play almost anything with each other, some toys are exclusively designed for adult participation. As your toddler reaches age 3 and beyond, play with her on early board games that make one use memory or simple board games that don’t need reading. Consider a “family play” in which everyone in the family will participate and your toddler will enjoy that.
Thus you can be creative and imaginative while finding toys for your toddler and that will be a fun process for you too.