The Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez will make the teething process a little easier for both you and your baby. This teether is 100% silicone and designed with soft bristles that will soothe, clean, and stimulate your child’s gums. The material is super soft and BPA free, thus making it safe for your child’s mouth. Designed for babies three months and up, this teether can easily fit in and be grasped by tiny hands. When purchasing you can choose between a blue or pink teether.
The other toy, Baby’s First Blocks, is all about sorting, matching and stacking. The top of the box has holes cut in various shapes (square, circle, star, etc.) and there are blocks that match each shape. Kids have to try to find a match to fit them in. Once they’re all in, they can dump them out and start over again. Both toys are great for learning new skills and developing hand-eye coordination, plus they’re just fun.
These 10 BPA-free rattle teethers are also musical instruments that allow your baby to explore different sounds and feel like a bandleader in their very own home. They help babies develop fine motor skills while learning how to grip various shapes and textures and — once your infant starts to use them to relieve gum discomfort — you can worry less knowing they're made from safe, non-toxic materials.
Perfect for the aspiring chef, this Play-Doh Kitchen Creations set allows toddlers and young kids to knead, chop, and shape their way to the perfect meal. (Note: These foods are just pretend; they’re not supposed to be eaten.) The best part about this Play-Doh set is when your chef is done making their creations, there are no dirty dishes for you to clean up. ($25; toysrus.com)
Collectible Minifigures Series 18 – the Party Minifigure line – features party figures celebrating Minifigures’ 40th anniversary. In this Special Limited Edition series, there are seventeen figures to collect in all. Like previous series, each collectible Minifigure will retail for $3.99 when it launches this April. Every character is dressed up for a costume party and has its own unique personality. Collect all your favorites from this limited edition series.
One of our favorite toddler toys for several years, Anamalz are handmade, wooden figures reminiscent of your childhood with a fun, modern twist — the perfect classic-cute combo. Toddlers’ imaginations will go wild as they play with the poseable farm, jungle and prehistoric animals. It even comes with a cloth mat to set the stage for a creative landscape. ($19; amazon.com)
A floor mirror is a perfect tool to help babies become aware of not only themselves but of a human face in general. Mirrors are a great way to let them explore the world around them and see their own features which will help them grow cognitively. This mirror features several fun things to appease their senses, such as textured leaves and various cute insects that will encourage their sense of touch.
Lego is known for its colorful brick construction sets, but even little kids can get in on the fun with the company's Duplo line of products. If you're keen to stoke your tot's interest in science, then the Lego Duplo My First Rocket set may be the perfect gift. Kids can build and create a colorful rocket and planet with Lego Duplo's chunky bricks that are specialy designed for little hands. The fun set encourages kids to use their imagination, but children will also learn counting skills with numbered bricks and corresponding pieces showing one moon, two planets and three stars. (Recommended ages: 1.5 to 5 years)
Step into the driver’s seat with the On-The-Go Baby Driver set. Get into the fast lane of fun with a toy that promotes learning and development. Develop you child’s motor skills by having them turn the ignition key, steer the soft fabric wheel, or shift gears. It introduces baby to letters, colors, and more with twinkling traffic lights and more than 30 upbeat sing-along songs, melodies, sounds effect, and fun phrases to capture your baby’s attention. The horn and mirror are really fun features. This toy is sure to keep your baby busy with endless fun learning and stimulation. It can be used on the floor or even attached to a stroller.
Who knew it could be so hard to chow down? Chow Crown from Hasbro Games is a new game that puts a twist on viral food eating challenges. You start by loading the six hanging forks with various food items, like candy and such, and place the crown on your head. Your challenge is to eat as many snacks before the music stops to keep the crown. It’s simple and wacky fun! Who will be the Chow Crown Champ?
While it may seem like choosing toys for toddlers should be easy, as you walk into a toy store today, the only thing that’s easy is feeling overwhelmed. There is a huge array of toys that have been developed for the toddler market. How do you choose which are right for your child? How can you tell which are high quality and which will last? Which will engage your child’s interest for more than a few days or weeks? Below are some ideas for choosing toys that will grow with your child, challenge her, and nurture her overall development (her thinking, physical, language and social-emotional skills).
Created by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Relative Insanity is like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, but you can play it in front of the family. It’s a game that you’ll love playing because you’re sure to get lots of laughs. There are punch line cards and setup cards. Someone reads the setup, for example: “When my cousin walked in with my new baby, my grandma blurted out _______.” Then players look at their punch lines and submit the one that’s going to get the biggest laugh. The setup person picks the best answer and that player scores points.
Enchantimals celebrates the special bond between kids and animals. These 6-inch lovable dolls share a special connection with their animal friends. Their outfits and shoes feature bright colors, floral prints, and furry accents. The look is completed with animal-inspired ears and headpieces. The newest dolls are inspired by a headgehog, parrot, and cheetah.
Soft and cuddly, this well-made stuffed lamb is perfect for one of baby’s first companion friends. Light enough for baby to handle and carry along, it is the perfect size for newborns and infants. A great sensory toy because of the soft fur to feel and explore, plus the rattle inside will help baby’s listening skills. Easy to clean because it is machine washable.
Save your walls from crayon scribbles and give your children an approved outlet for artistic expression with an easel. While drawing at a table is easy and efficient, an art easel offers the added benefit of a large canvas that clips into place. Kids don’t have to worry about their picture sliding around, and you don’t have to worry about them “accidentally” drawing where they shouldn’t. Select an easel with a handy shelf that keeps all their art supplies within reach.
If you love arts and crafts, there’s a good chance you’ll love Doh Vinci from Hasbro. This studio set complete with various art tools encourages creativity and self-expression by allowing budding artists to create wonderful masterpieces in three-dimensions! Best of all, it’s simple to use and comes complete with a workspace, storage, and carrying case. Let your child’s imagination and creativity soar this spring when Doh Vinci launches at major retailers.
When playing with stacking cups with your baby, you'll use positional words like on, in, under and on top. You can talk about big and small, colors, how many cups you have, and more. A caregiver could certainly interact with baby while using the drum but there isn't so much to talk about. And if you assume that the alphabet is a language-promoting sound - keep in mind that the toys won't ask baby questions, make observations of what baby is doing or respond if baby happens to imitate a letter sound. Battery operated toys may speak words or letters but they lack the valuable language-enriching "circles of communication" that interactions with caregivers offer
Stacking cups may look simple, but they offer baby a chance to use vision, touch and the pressure & stretch sense (proprioception) to perceive subtle differences in sizes - a valuable sensory processing skill. Successfully learning to perceive these differences results in the ability to stack, nest and sort the cups as baby gets older. One of the key features of sensory play is that it promotes a skilled or purposeful response from your child. The drum lights up and makes sounds in a cause and effect fashion but not in a way that is responsive to your child's different purposeful actions.
Featuring an innovative folding design, the Adventure Town Railway Train Set & Table from KidKraft is a dream come true for kids! It offers a massive playset sure to inspire endless creative, imaginative, open-ended play. With EZ Craft Assembly, the wooden play table can be quickly assembled. This 120-piece set features a wooden train track along with plastic and wooden accessories to enhance your child’s play experience. Get ready for a world of fun!
Shadows In The Forest is a surprisingly refreshing and clever game. You play the game in the dark and light and shadows are a core part of the game. One player is the lantern, a pursuer represented by a small LED lantern. Other players are the Shadowlings, who crave darkness. The Shadowlings have to gather under the tree, while the lantern has to freeze Shadowlings in its light. The catch? Shadowlings can’t cross light beams projected by the Lantern. It’s the perfect game for sleepovers and requires chess-like strategy and cooperative play.
These blocks are super soft and each has a different picture: numbers, cars, animals and other objects. Baby can play with them in many different ways: built up and knock down, pair numerals and quantities (for example cube with number 10 and cube with 10 butterflies), match everyday shapes and animal halves (put together head and tail of zebra or panda).