Best Toys for Toddlers

Best Toddler ToysBest Developmental Toys: The Toddler Edition

We hope you enjoyed our last post in the series offering the Best Developmental Toys for Infants. For toddlers we focus on active play.  We seek to engage the child physically and mentally to promote development of gross motor, fine motor, language, problem solving and critical thinking. The Best Toddler Toys and activities and will provide a multi-sensory experience to challenge the child and expand upon their development. 

Our Top Picks for Toddler Toys:

1. Trampoline

A trampoline offers the opportunity for little ones to stay active indoors or out. The stability bar encourages children to gain control and stability as they practice jumping. Jumping is an excellent means of sensory input, helping to regulate children, and provide much needed proprioceptive input to their joints. 

2. Play Tent and Tunnel

This Play Tent and Tunnel also doubles as a fun ball pit! Add on a set of colorful balls and you are set! Extremely easy to set up and once broken down this kit is extremely compact. Each component can be used on its own, offering unique opportunities for children to explore and engage their mind and body!

3. Soft Building Blocks

This Soft Foam Big Blocks set of bright, soft blocks encourages endless opportunities for creative play! Allowing children opportunities to stimulate imagination, encourage interactive play time, and promote gross motor skill development. Also great to promote sitting, tall kneeling, and supported standing. For more Toys to Encourage Independent Standing Visit our post here!
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4. Riding Toy

The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike converts from a stroller, steering trike, learning-to-ride trike and finally a classic tricycle. Offers removable wrap around tray, 3-point safety harness, adult steer and stroll bar, and adjustable seat. Riding toys offer opportunities to address strength, balance, coordination, and foster independence. This is a great toy that can grow and adapt with your child!

5. Play Kitchen

One of my son’s favorite toys is his play kitchen. He can cook alongside me with his own pots and pans, bringing me food and sharing a cup of “tea” with his dad! The play kitchen definitely ranks high as one of the best toddler toys! best toddler toy

6. Shopping Cart and Play Food

The Melissa and Doug Shopping Cart is a wonderful tool to encourage walking and navigating the child’s environment while participating in active learning and play. This cart can also be weighed down to provide more resistance, promoting strengthening and adding sensory input. 

The Learning Resources Fruit and Vegetable Color Sorting Set is a great toy to practice color sorting and identification of healthy fruits and vegetables. Promoting language development and engaging the child in a variety of creative play scenarios.

7. Balls

The Toysmith Pro Ball Set comes complete with three soft sports balls made for smaller hands to enjoy their favorite games. Great to practice hand eye coordination, object manipulation, and bilateral manipulation. 

8. Puzzles

Melissa & Doug peg puzzles help teach toddlers color, number, and letter recognition, while also developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor, and visual perception skills.           

9. Interlocking Blocks

The Mega Bloks Set includes 80 big colorful building blocks! It is the perfect toy to stimulate children’s imagination and learning skills while encouraging discovery, fine motor skills and open-ended play. The blocks are also the perfect size for small hands, making this set one of the best toddler toys!10. Standing Easel

A Standing Easel is perfect for your toddler to assist in development of fine motor and visual motor skills. They can practice drawing, scribbling, and tracing for hours. Using a vertical surface, like this easel, is great for developing the muscles in the shoulders, arms, and fingers. 

11. Dress Up Clothing

Playing with dress up clothes is lots of fun for toddlers, and there are so many great options out there, like this Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play or Melissa & Doug Doctor Role Play, and these awesome Superhero Capes & MasksAll children benefit from playing dress up, as it encourages pretend play, creativity, and important self-help skills like getting dressed on their own!

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12. Magnetic Letters 

Magnetic Letters are a must for every toddler! These are great to play with on the fridge, an easel, or even a cookie sheet! Children can learn how to identify the letters in their name, favorite words, capital vs. lowercase, and more. You can help your toddler sort them into colors, too. The possibilities are endless!best toddler toys lacingbest toddler toys lacing beads

13. Lacing Cards and Lacing Beads

Lacing Cards and Lacing Beads are great for simple and fun two handed play, addressing the important skills of both bilateral coordination & hand eye coordination.

14. Button Art 

The Peg Button Toy board and picture cards are a wonderful toy for toddlers, addressing visual perceptual skills as well as fine motor skills. Lots of fun picture options to change the activity while working on color recognition, hand eye coordination and creative thinking. 

15. Magna Doodle

Toys that promote pre-writing skills are perfect for getting toddlers interested in learning how to draw and write. Magna Doodle is a wonderful tool for working on developing grasp, pre-writing, and visual motor integration skills.

Check out our next post in the series Best Developmental Toys: The Preschool Edition!

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