In the next stage, "bridging," your preschooler begins to make her own simple structures. She may put two blocks down, then place a third block over the space between them. In addition to learning how to balance, she is beginning to experiment with symmetry. Bridging leads to "enclosures." You can't build without being able to organize and enclose space. How am I going to fill that space? is a complicated question, requiring that your child figure out how many big and small blocks are needed to get the job done. Not only is your child planning ahead, but she is problem solving.

This cute, colorful product includes a child-sized stool where little ones will sit for hours. The interactive activity desk has five learning pages to teach numbers, counting, letters, fruits, and colors. Toddlers can touch different spots on each page to learn about the pictures, and if you want more skills, additional expansion packs are available.
Every family that has kids should experience the magic and wonder of Elf on the Shelf. This is a Christmas tradition shared by millions of families. You’ll learn in the story that the boy or girl scout monitors children during the Christmas holidays and reports back to Santa. That explains how he knows whether children have been naughty or nice. Parents and older siblings will have fun moving the figure around for the little one. Make this joyous and fun tradition a part of your family.
Your kid has so much fun at home, right? It's brilliant to turn play time into learning time. The toy market is so vast these days, there seems to be learning toys for everything, which is so cool. Whether you have a silly scientist who seems to take to biology, or a little learner who's an empath at heart, there are toys that encourage intellectual development across the board.
In addition to being safe (see Safety and children's toys below), good toys for young children need to match their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found at home. Cardboard boxes, plastic bowls and lids, collections of plastic bottle caps, and other “treasures” can be used in more than one way by children of different ages. As you read the following lists of suggested toys for children of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at an individual pace. Items on one list—as long as they are safe—can be good choices for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
Board books are the best. They are durable, short little stories that kids love. He are some of my faves that are tried and true but without the really popular ones like Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny because most people have those. If you read this site for any amount of time you know how much I love I Am a Bunny. BEST. BOOK. EVER!
Music is a wonderful tool for encouraging language development with toddlers.  In addition to learning important components of language such as rhythm and rhyme, music also has been proven to use many different parts of the brain.  Finger plays, simple songs, and exposure to various musical instruments are all excellent ways to promote language development!
And they called it puppy love: The KD Kids Rescue Runts are adoptable plush pets that kids can "rescue," groom and love. A grooming kit includes a brush, tweezers and more to help rid their pet of (pretend!) fleas, clean its paws, wipe away tears and brush its soft but messy fur. Adorable and adoptable, make this the best toddler Christmas gift ever by bringing home all four rescue puppies! ($20; amazon.com)
We’ve all seen basic globes before, but now the Geosafari Jr. Talking Globe steps into the 21st century with a smart globe offering an interactive learning experience. This interactive globe features the voice of Bindi Irwin and teaches kids about continents, countries, U.S. states, animals, and nature. Using the smart pen, kids press on a spot to hear fun facts, play quiz games, and more.
This shape puzzle and travel case is great for packing a bag and taking off for the weekend with baby in tow. You could even just leave it in your car for unexpected trips or doctor’s appointments. It’s ideal for the baby who can sit upright and grab onto things and is starting to try to problem-solve these types of puzzles. The colored shapes will engage him and the bag will provide plenty of hiding places for his other toys, as well.
Moose Toys has something new up its sleeves for its hottest collectible brand, Shopkins. Introducing Shopkins Lil Secrets. They look like small lock boxes that open to reveal small hidden playsets inside. Of course, you’ll need some micro-sized characters to play out your adventures in those miniature worlds. It looks like Polly Pocket has some real competition! Each set features an exclusive Teeny Shoppie and one tiny Shopkin to bring your adventures to life.

New for Happy Places this fall is Happy Places Shopkins. With the Rainbow Beach play set, you will be able to play with all your favorite Shoppies inside. There is also the new rainbow convertible and new rainbow RV. It allows you to take all of your favorite Shopkins on a road trip. Open it up and there is a fun doll house inside. It pairs perfect with the rainbow convertible (sold separeately) and comes with fun accessories.
3. Promote interaction and language : Some toys are more supportive of playing with  and talking to your baby than others. A book that reads itself to your toddler as she turns pages or pushes buttons leaves little room for a parent to interact. A spider toy that sings the whole "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song doesn't promote imitation of hand motions as mommy or daddy sings it to baby. Look for toys that do less for the child and that allow the space for you as a parent to ask questions, tell a story, sing a song, make an animal noise,  and make observations.
The 4-in-1 Radio Flyer Stroll ‘n Trike is designed for youngsters from nine months to five years old. For babies, the trike has a wraparound safety tray that can hold snacks and a sippie cup, a five-point harness, back and head support and a sun canopy. Mom or dad can push the trike from behind, just like a stroller, with parent-controlled steering, adjustable push handle height and a storage pocket for things like a wallet or cellphone.
SpinMaster has created the most realistic doll ever with Luvabella. She loves being tickled – tickle her feet or tummy. She’s a really happy baby and loves playing games like Peek-a-boo. She is extremely life-like with blinking eyes and an animated mouth, head, and arms. Her life-like expressions make her come to life. What makes her so special is that she features hundreds of responses. You can even hear her little heartbeat if you put your head to her chest. The cool part? The more you play with her, the more she learns. Bring home this loveable bundle of joy!

This is a gift that will last your baby through teen years and possibly beyond. You can set it up to be on an automatic sensor to come on with the darkness and go off with the light. The sound isn’t loud, but it will be a nice soft addition to the nursery to drown out the noise from outside the room. Plus, the lights can spin (or not) to give baby something to watch as he dozes off.
Teddy Ruxpin, the iconic story-telling teddy bear from the 80’s, is back with a tech makeover. He now features cool emotive LCD animated eyes and he’s lighter, softer, and more huggable than ever now that he’s gone all digital. And he even comes to life with a motorized mouth synched to the story. He has built-in storage with 10 stories – with three of them unlocked. Additional stories can be unlocked with a smart device. Kids can even sing along with Teddy. He’s the perfect bedtime companion. Kids can play with Teddy alone or interact with the stories via the app. It’s the perfect educational toy that combines story-telling, friendship, and reading into a fun kid-friendly package. You thought Teddy was cool before … now he’s even cooler than ever!
You can look at your baby’s teething as the process by which his or her very first deciduous teeth break through his or her gums. This usually occurs by the time your baby reaches 6 months old, although it is not uncommon to see babies as young as 3 months and as old as 1 year to have their very first primary, deciduous, baby, or milk tooth. What can be expected is that by 3 years of age, your baby would have already erupted 20 milk or baby teeth. During the first eruption, your baby’s first tooth will most likely appear on the lower front of his or her gums. One to two months later, you can expect the upper front teeth.
One of the most popular teething toys in our list is the Baby Teether Toys by Ike & Leo. This set of 4 teethers and pacifiers is what you will need for your baby as he or she can still use it until he or she reaches toddlerhood. It comes with a pacifier clip so you won’t have to worry about the teething toys getting lost. All toys are made of silicone which has been rated and approved by the FDA as 100 percent food grade. It is also free of any harmful chemicals like phthalates, PVC, and BPA.
These four soft block have different colorful pictures and patterns and introduce baby with letter, numbers and animals.  Each block has crinkles, satin tags and knotties. They all make sounds: rattle or jingles. Baby can explore, stack, built up or knock down. This toy stimulate baby’s senses and makes the playtime a blast! It is suitable from 3 months.
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