Seriously, how cute is this little vet play set for the kiddos?! It’s a great way to show them (and let them learn) how to take care of pets. It comes with 24 pieces, including a plush doggy and kitten and must-have vet accessories like a thermometer, tweezers, bandages, stethoscope, syringe, and so much more. Their imaginations will run wild and your heart will melt!
4. Sensory simplicity : Every object in the world has sensory properties - weight, color, texture, sound when banged or tapped or rubbed or squeezed. I find that baby products labelled "sensory" are often just busy for the sake of being busy. A baby is just as likely to be be as interested in sensory exploration of a simple wooden maraca toy as a light up, vibrating, singing octopus pirate with a different whirlygig doo-dah hanging from each tentacle.
By 18 months, your toddler's gait will smooth out, likely making him more interested in on-the-go play—he may even take a stab at kicking a ball around. More refined motor skills means building even taller block towers and enjoying scribbling on paper with a thick crayon. Your little one could also be more into solitary play as he grows and gains new abilities.
Isn’t he the cutest baby tiger ever?! Roarin’ Tyler is the newest adorable member of the FurReal Friends family. Tyler looks fantastic and features over 100 motions and sounds that bring him to life. He responds to touch and reacts very realistically. If you roar at Tyler, he’ll roar right back. He even plays tug of war with an included squeaker toy. Adopt what is sure to become your kid’s new favorite pet companion.
Kids will get revved up when they open up this sweet toddler gift. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Smart Car teaches your increasingly mobile child how to confidently develop from walking and bouncing to riding and "driving," plus many more motor skills. The interactive dashboard entertains as your mini roadster listens to fun sounds and songs about the alphabet, opposites, counting, and beyond. ($40; walmart.com)
Who isn’t obsessed with Unicorns? Started on Kickstarter, Unstable Unicorns is a card game that raised an ungodly amount of money. In Unstable Unicorns, you must build a unicorn army. The player that is the first to collect seven unicorns in their hand is the winner, but thanks to the “Neigh” cards there are numerous obstacles in your way. It’s much a game of strategy as it is a game of betrayal. Add rainbows and a little sparkle to your game night.
At 1, kids are learning about the world around them through trial and error and experimentation. Puzzles and shape sorters are great for encouraging them to explore how things work. “Puzzles exercise children’s cognitive abilities to be able to think about both the physical manipulation of the pieces and understanding how something will fit into something else,” says Lytle. “It’s this idea of containment and fitting and what goes where.” This puzzle cube will appeal to the tactile learner, with its rubbery shapes and cutouts teaching little ones to experiment with size and fit. The tethered pieces ensure nothing will ever go missing.
Things to create with—large and small crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large and small paper for drawing and painting, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, paste, paper and cloth scraps for collage, and instruments—rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
Once you open this package and put the rings on the octopus’s tentacles, they may never connect again, but that works out just fine with this toy. Baby may want to spend hours in the tub putting the rings back on, or if she keeps them apart, the rings still make great teething toys. The octopus will engage baby with its bright colors, and with curled tentacles you can expect it will get plenty of teething on as well.
He's baaack! The plush animal kingdom's smartest, cuddliest and most magical bear has returned just in time for the holiday season. Teddy Ruxpin's advanced features make him one of the best toddler gifts this Christmas. His color LCD eyes include 40 animations, and touch sensors let kids control the story and songs. Play with or without the free app. ($60; amazon.com)
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.
Infants are constantly developing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. At the same time, they're rapidly taking in the colors, sounds, textures, and even tastes around them. Some of the best toys and baby products for infants allow them to safely explore those curiosities without proving too challenging or frustrating for their developmental stage. And if a toy can grow with them and last through a few stages, all the better.
Once your baby starts learning to sit up and crawl, a whole host of new toys can enter the scene. The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker—an Amazon’s Choice product—is recommended for kids from nine months to three years of age, and comes with all the bells and whistles to keep him occupied for hours at a time while also developing those important sit and stand skills.
The Nerf Prometheus is Nerf’s flagship blaster this year and it’s a BEAST! This mammoth blaster has a hopper that can hold up to 200 rounds of foam Nerf Rival ammo. It blasts with an advanced acceleration system – 8 rounds per second. Its rechargeable battery is perfect for all-day play. Simply hold down the accelerator and press the trigger to empty it in just 25 seconds flat. The only problem? Picking up all the ammo.
For all the future ornithologists out there, may we present the Rock-A-Too Show Bird. Much like a real feathered friend, this animatronic avian wonder boasts over 50 sound-and-motion combos, plus he sings, dances, does impressions and tells bird brained jokes. As toddler toys go, this one is sure to soar to the top of the "must play" list! ($80; target.com)
A rattle is one of the first toys most babies get and that has been unchanged for hundreds of years. This set of maracas, however, gives a bit more flavor to old rattles of the past. Not only are the beads in the maracas visible through the clear surroundings, but the bottom is a soft pom-pom grip that will allow baby to experience texture variation and will likely end up in his mouth (like everything else).
Proceed with caution. Most products that make these claims have not been proven to increase children’s intelligence. In fact, safe household items (plastic bowls for filling and dumping, pillows for climbing and piling up to make a cave, old clothing for dress-up) are often the best learning tools. Remember, the more your child has to use her mind and body to problem solve and develop her own ideas, the more she learns.
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.
Vroom! Vroom! Counting down the days to Christmas just got a whole lot more exciting. Now you can count down the days to Christmas with Hot Wheels. There are 8 vehicles and 16 accessories to unbox inside. The best part? Compared to last year, this time around there are no stickers so you get actual toy accessories. It’s the perfect Advent Calendar for car lovers.
We're proud to offer such a broad range of educational toys that provide real, tangible developmental benefits for kids at such a critical stage of their childhood. These toys are made to help little ones learn new things by challenging their minds and helping them develop important mental and physical skills. When they have toys that enrich them rather than simply entertaining them, young children are better able to tap into their natural curiosity and creativity to use their imagination and enjoy pure, authentic play. Shop this collection of best-selling toddler toys at Fat Brain Toys to find unique games, puzzles, books and more for your kiddo.
It's never too early to get a jump-start on memorizing the 50 states and capitals. This oversized jigsaw floor puzzle makes it so fun, your kids won't even realize they're learning while putting it together. The 51 sturdy and extra-thick pieces are just right for little hands to hold, and, once assembled, it's a great size to display in their room.
Choo! Choo! Gear up for fun adventures with Mickey in Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Choo-Choo. Pass over 5 Smart Point locations on the track to activate over 40 fun phrases, songs, and sounds. Press Mickey to hear fun phrases. Kids will love revealing the fun peek-a-boo scene. The coolest part? Kids can combine this set with other Go! Go! Smart Wheels sets to expand the fun.
Luckily, we have evolved more as a society and tend to avoid giving our children toxins as we did in the past! As with many things that have come to light, we can now see teething as an integral learning phase for both parents and children. Not only do teething toys help to alleviate gum pain, but the pressure also aids in strengthening the incoming teeth….this is one of the reasons that it is so vital to finding a teething toy which can also reach the back molars as well as the front teeth coming in!
Ever wish you could cast magic spells like Harry Potter? Experience how it feels to be Harry, Dumbledore, and Voledemort with the Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands. Using gestures and motions, you can ‘cast’ 11 different spells. What’s cool? You can even challenge other aspiring wizards. One mode is like laser tag, but magical. There are 5 modes of play. While you can’t cast any real spells her, it’s the closest experience fans can get their hands on.
“A cape is a blank slate,” says Dr. Cornett, “a kid can use it to be royalty or a superhero or just as a blanket.” Again, you want to stay away from existent superhero logos to allow the maximum freedom for your kid. We dig this Lynda Sutton DIY Drawing Superhero Cape, which comes with a matching mask and, most importantly, can be washed after a hard day of superheroing.
Exersaucers and jumpers encourage babies to take weight through their feet in a standing position while they play. For babies that are the recommended age range, who can not climb out, they give baby a contained place to play. However, developmentally, parents should be mindful of the time babies spend in exersaucers and always balance their playtime with floor time so baby can learn other developmental skills, too.
It’s Christmas on the farm! Babies will love playing with and trying to help identify the various animals as they stack the turtle, cow, pig, hen and lamb. The Pottery Barn Kids Fun on the Farm Stacker has various fabrics and colors, so it's a baby and toddler toy that is sure to entertain for years to come, helping to develop their cognitive skills and dexterity. ($39; potterybarnkids.com)
Developmental disabilities are usually permanent and are rarely outgrown or able to catch up in. While developmental disabilities are not the same as a learning disability, it can greatly impact the ability to learn. These disabilities usually require constant monitoring, teaching and caring of the toddler by parents, guardians, caregivers and teachers. Some disabilities require specialized classes or schools. Conditions such as Down syndrome, Autism, and complications from brain injuries can cause developmental disabilities.