We recently spoke to Dr. Nick Cornett, a play therapist in northwest Arkansas — the play therapy center of the United States — to get his take on what toys he’d recommend for toddlers. According to Cornett, “the more open-ended the toy, the better.”  It’s just like how an interviewer avoids yes / no questions; they circumscribe dialogue. Cornett divides toys up by “real life” toys, “active or constructive” toys, and “creative expression” toys. Each genre offers the kid a chance to truly express himself, and therefore a therapist to observe. Here, per Cornett, are some parameters of — and our choices for — seven great toys for toddlers. 
Based on Alicia Vikander’s likeness from the new Tomb Raider movie, Mattel has unveiled a special Tomb Raider Barbie for collectors and fans alike. The doll bears a striking resemblance to Lara Croft and comes complete with a map, axe, journal, doll stand, and certificate of authenticity. Lara is fully articulated for bringing your action scenes to life.

There are a variety of developmental milestones toddlers have to achieve and each milestone should ideally be achieved by a certain age. Do not worry if your toddler doesn’t reach a certain milestone quickly as possible like other toddlers as each toddler is different and develops at their own rate. However, if there is a slight concern of delayed development, please speak with your chosen child physician.
As you keep up with tummy time, you'll see baby holding his head higher and steadier. By the end of month three, he may be able to raise his shoulders and upper chest. He'll probably roll a few times accidentally if he turns his head too far, but before long he'll doing it intentionally. (Want to get some rolling practice in? Place baby in a side-lying position.) You may also notice baby kicking a bunch while lying on his back, which helps strengthen the belly muscles needed to eventually roll over. Another fun development? Baby may start to intentionally reach for and grasp toys—but knowing how to let go of objects hasn’t set in yet. Keep in mind that babies at this stage are relying on their senses (sight, hearing, touch and smell) to navigate around the new world around them, so offer up some healthy stimulation.
Every week I take my kid to a play therapist. My son is great and, because he’s six and also my son, has a hard time expressing his emotions through words. His play therapist is great too but out-of-network and so crazy expensive. Regardless, it’s totally worth it. Play therapy allows my son a way to express himself non-verbally and provides a professional to, to some extent, decode his play. (Like most therapists, she meets separately with us.) But you don’t need to be in a play therapist to offer your kid the ability to work through their shit — or simply express themselves in a more natural way — with toys. You just need the right toys.
5. Relevance to real life :  Babies are learning about the world around them. They're trying to associate words with the pictures in books and the toys in their world. The objects that they play with and interact with on a daily basis can contribute to that understanding of the world. I advocate for at least some of a baby's toys to be related to or resemble real life objects. Look for baby books with real photos or realistic drawings of animals and toy animals that actually look like animals (as opposed to the singing octopus pirate previously mentioned). Let your baby play with cups and wooden spoons, wooden blocks, mirrors, scarves, etc.

Large, soft, fabric blocks are easy for a baby to hold with 2 hands. Babies will practice holding a block 1 hand, or transfer it from one hand to the other. As a child develops their motor skills for sitting and playing, parents will start to see babies try and stack blocks on top of another, until they can build a small tower. Blocks come in all sizes and materials. 
Babies always need these. They get lost or used, and you can just simply never have enough. Link them together when baby is first grasping things and put them directly in her hand so she can feel the sensation of grabbing something; let her pull on them from her activity mat mobile. When she starts moving her hands more, she can shake them as a rattle. You can even use them as a chain to connect a sippy cup or pacifier to the stroller or car seat to prevent loss.
The Bright Starts Get Rollin’ Activity Table features over 60 different songs and activities across eight play areas. It encourages motor skills, while showing baby colors, numbers, opposites, and animal names. Its brightly colored and fun toys are designed to stimulate baby’s senses and provide a variety of entertaining activities. The legs of the table even detach for floor play.
A: In an unexpected light, these toys can help babies and toddlers gain a basic understanding of the concept of cause and effect. They experience pain and discomfort and are given a solution to solve their problem. This creates a pathway in their brain to reinforce their understanding of finding a solution. These toys help children learn very early on about problem-solving.
Love laser tag? Then you’ll love the Nerf Laser Ops Pro. This blaster boots up quickly and it’s very easy to use right out of the box. Although the app is not required, it does enhance your gameplay by allowing players to level-up the blaster to make it stronger, better defense, check the scoreboard and more. Using the laser guns without the app is great for light-hearted fun. But if you’re competitive and want to kick someone’s tail, you’ll want to get into the app.
While newborns are notorious for packing their schedules with only a handful of activities—namely sleeping, eating, and pooping—at around three months you will start to notice a marked change in your baby. At around that time babies tend to spend a bit more time awake, they notice more about their surroundings, they’re better able to hold things in their hands, and you might even hear those first coos and giggles.

The Xbox One is home to solid first-party exclusives like Halo, Forza, Gears of War and more! It’s also home to one of the best online multiplayer experiences with Xbox Live. The console is a powerhouse delivering amazing HD graphics and immersive gameplay experiences. A new Netflix-like platform will allow you to play at least 100 titles from spanning many of Xbox’s top titles.
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What kid doesn’t love emojis? Uno Emoji is a fantastic new take on the original game. Kids love emojis and this game taps into that love with cards featuring cool emojis. It’s not only the emojis that have changed. There’s a special rule involving playing a special card and face card. The following player has to attempt to make and maintain that expression over the next two turns. If this player fails, they need to pick up four cards. This will be a top game your family turns to for family game night since it’s incredibly fun to play.

Did you know that Elmer’s Liquid School Glue can also be used to make slime? While many people think of glue for their arts and crafts projects, it actually is a key ingredient when making slime. It makes wonderful slime that is nice and stretchy with fantastic consistency and it’s super satisfying to play with. Now you can make all types of slime until your heart’s content!


Babies love taking toys apart and putting them back together. They also like to "dump and fill" putting toys in and out of containers over and over again. Look for nesting and stacking cups, as well as soft toys that attach and un-attach with velcro. These important toys help babies learn to develop their problem solving and fine motor skills, while they practice over and over again.
The options are truly endless when it comes to bath toys. There are interactive toys that suction right onto the actual bath walls, and of course there's an enormous variety of fun squirt and water toys. Some toys are inspired by television characters, while others encourage educational play. Take a look at our top picks, and bring home some bath toys to make sudsy memories that'll last a lifetime.
This is a great gift idea for a toddler that will serve a long time. It has two parts: the walker and removable interactive panel. The latter is for early learning, it has two colorful spinning rollers, five piano keys which play music, three shape sorters and three buttons that light-up. All of these features are awesome for developing motor skills and discover new things like animals, colors, shapes and numbers.
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