Toys that toddlers can push, pull, and ride on boost balance, improve coordination, and encourage active play. Look for toys that your toddler can ride on by themselves that also have a handle for you to push when their little legs get tired. For toddlers who are still learning to walk, something they can push or ride lets them practice both skills.
One of the author and illustrator Eric Carle's favorite characters, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, takes on the role of a lifetime: The World of Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Wood Pull Toy. Babies and toddlers will love wandering around their room or playroom with one of their favorite children’s books characters following close behind. Baby girl and baby boy Christmas gifts, such as this classic wood pull toy, are enjoyed now, handed down later and treasured for years to come. ($16; amazon.com)
There is also a piano that lights up, peek-a-boo owl, cloud with colorful beads, a spinner and swaying trees. This active center also grows with the baby and when he/she outgrows the seat we can convert it to a sturdy table for playing, coloring, writing and more! It is recommended from 4 months to toddlerhood. Therefore it can be a gift that will serve for few years.
Stardew Valley delivers comfort rarely found in other games. Players will farm, fish, craft, mine, fight monsters, make friendships, and more. This farming adventure has plenty to offer. It beautifully combines farm simulation with RPG elements to create an intriguing, absorbing world. Although the game plays well on other platforms, it feels even better on the Switch thanks to the ability to play on the go.
Paw Patrol fans can spark their imaginations and go on exciting, fun-filled adventures in Adventure Bay with these Paw Patrol mini vehicles. The vehicles are TV show-accurate, heightening your child’s play experience. What’s cool? These mini vehicles can connect to your Ultimate Rescue Themed Vehicles. Collect all your favorites to recreate fantastic rescue missions just like in the show.
“Kids love to recreate scenes they see in their daily life,” says Dr. Cornett. A cash register is a great example. (though, a Square reader would be even more realistic.) We Like Fisher-Price’s Classics Retro Cash Register. A throwback to the golden oldie Fisher-Price from 1975, is sturdily made, comes with eight coins, and kinda looks like a slot machine, a nice if subtle jab at late market capitalism.
This 150-piece set offers young builders ages 4 and older an easy build. For younger kids this is most likely going to be the big hit for many fans, as it is an incredibly detailed Juniors set based on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for larger than life fun. Who said only big kids can have all the fun? Kids will enjoy bringing their imaginations and stories to life with this amazing new set slated for release this April. Recreating the T-Rex breakout scene will be really exciting for fans. The set includes nice set pieces based on the Jurassic World universe, a large raptor, vehicle, 3 minifigures, baby dino, and more accessories.
When my kids play with stacking cups, I like to think of it as good practice for emptying the dishwasher, but they're actually stockpiling math and science skills. Sometime between his first and second birthday, he'll be able to place the cups on top of one another. He's usually not stacking them in any order, but he's starting to understand size relationships. Don't pressure him to do it the "right" way. As he gets older, he'll realize, If I put the small cup inside the big one, the medium one won't fit. He's starting to understand seriation -- a fancy word for putting things in their proper order.
It wouldn’t be a holiday without mass hysteria over the latest announcement from the Hatchimals folks.  Hot off the press (and already one of the most anticipated toys of the season) meet ‘HatchiBabies.’  That’s right.  They’re babies!  And this time you won’t know if you’re hatching a baby boy or a baby girl. It’s like a true gender reveal so get those cameras rolling! They also have a secret compartment (and companions) as an added bonus inside that famous speckled egg for extra fun this year.  They’re up for pre-order right now so you might as well get it while you can!  Learn more here.
The Ninja Nightcrawler is based on the TV series. It is actually a lot larger than you would expect based on the pictures. It features a muscular racing-type look. Overall, the build quality is very good and it feels sturdy. The wheels are made of rubber and as you roll them and push down on the top of the vehicle, you can fire the studs. It features a spacious cockpit, seating one driver. The set is not particularly difficult to assemble. Set comes with three minifigures and a small motorbike. Kids will really enjoy having this set.
Building blocks are popular toddler toys that provide an early lesson in the laws of physics. Your kids can learn about gravity, cause and effect, and the importance of a stable foundation without even realizing it. Blocks are a smart buy for young ones since kids typically maintain interest even as they get older. Start with a set of wooden blocks or big plastic ones that interlock. Both are a good size for toddlers who are still mastering fine motor skills.

These toys seem like they would be great for my kids to play with. I remember that I used to love playing with cardboard blocks. They were fun because I should use them to build a fort or a tower that’s any size that I want it to be. My kids have great imaginations, so this seems like a great toy for them that will let their imaginations run wild with all of the things they would build. Thanks for posting this!


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This weird-looking Swiss-designed Bilibo is for every preposition: sitting in, climbing over, filling up with stuff — whatever comes to the imagination. “This is cool. It can be a hat or a chair, that’s fun,” says Dr. Golinkoff. “I go by certain principles, and my first principle is that the toy shouldn’t control too much of what the child is going to do. Ask: Is this 90 percent child and 10 percent toy, or 90 percent toy and 10 percent child? If there’s only one thing to do with it, then the toy is controlling everything. This one’s more open-ended, so he gets to make his own world.”
It’s one of our favorite eco-friendly baby Christmas gifts. The height-adjustable frame is made of 100 percent birch and finished with nontoxic stains. The wooden teething toys are untreated Indian hardwood and buffed with vegetable seed wax. The animal rattles are hand-knit in Peru from organic cotton—and since they’re removable, they can double as stroller toys.
If you’re looking to give baby a Christmas gift that is cuddly and soft like a stuffed animal or plush pet, look no further than the West Elm x pbk Plush Animal Thumbies. They come in four different adorable animal faces and help baby self-soothe thanks to the soft polyester sherpa and faux fleece. Babies love to cuddle up with these thumbies everywhere they go, which is a-OK with parents since the blankets can easily go in the wash for a little refresh when necessary. ($16; potterybarnkids.com)
Love Barbie and coloring books? Your two favorite play patterns merge with Barbie + Crayola Color-In Fashions, taking creativity to a whole new level! Using 5 Crayola Supertip markers, you bring your creativity and designs to life. What’s cool? Since these markers are washable, you can design and re-design over and over again for endless fun. This set includes one Barbie doll, 5 washable fashions, 2 accessories, one dress form, and 5 washable Crayola Supertip markers.
Curious kids have a ton of questions about their bodies. Now with Disgusting Science from Scientific Explorer they can learn a lot about their bodies with this hands-on kit. Kids will learn why feet stink and they can even make fake snot and blood. They will create a stinky intestine and even learn to grow friendly molds and bacterias. In all, the set features 6 activities to educate your child. Yeah, it’s gross-out science, but kids will absolutely love it.

A: As a general rule, we would advise going with silicone, although there are other FDA-approved thermo polymers that can be made perfectly safe. The benefit to silicone is that it’s extremely durable and flexible at the same time. It’s also freezer-friendly and chills quickly. The safest, highest grade of silicone is medical-grade, like Bebe By Me’s cookie teethers. However, 100 percent food-grade silicone has been approved by the FDA as being safe, especially when it’s free from contaminants like BPA, phthalates, and PVC.
There more than likely isn’t a more adorable teether than Sophie the Giraffe. Composed of natural rubber and colored with natural dyes, this giraffe is perfectly safe to go into your child’s mouth. She is designed with two teething rings, each with a different texture. The ring near Sophie's head is designed with raised bumps, while the ring near her feet is designed with ridges. This teether arrives in an adorable gift box which makes it the perfect baby shower gift.
Why we love it: It's very easy for even small babies to grab and is lovely and soft to hold. 'Sophia could give it a good squeeze and hold on to it well,' says our baby tester's mum. 'She loves the mirror side and prefers holding it where she can see that. As she gets older, it will be an ideal toy to do throwing and catching with as it's soft but big enough for her to grab on to. I think she will enjoy it for a while to come!'

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!

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.
By the time your child is 3, she'll enter the next phase of block play: "stack and row." Now she can stack the blocks vertically or lay them down and configure them horizontally. She's not building with a specific purpose yet, but she is beginning to try her hand at patterns. The first patterns are usually identical blocks placed on the floor one after another until she adds a twist, such as putting a square after a rectangle, and another square after the next rectangle, and so on. "Math is the study of patterns," says MacDonald, "and encouraging block-patterning lays the foundation for math skills." Here's where fractions come into play. When she puts down two blocks side by side, she can see that, together, they form the same size and shape as one larger block.

Simply stick the suction cup to any flat surface and watch your child become mesmerized by the spinning wheel. The centerpiece spinners enhance visual tracking and strengthen fine motor wheels, while also encouraging your baby to reach, tug, and bat, which helps develop hand-eye coordination. The colorful beads within the clear structure of the toy also help baby connect the idea of sound to sight. Multiple texture points are optimal for baby’s developed play, as well. This toy is recommended for kids six months and up.
Tegu Magnetic Blocks – Tegu blocks are one of a kind. They are magnetic blocks, which make building more fun! They feel amazing and kids of all ages will love playing with these. They are a bit pricey, but they are unique and will last a long time! Also, make sure to watch for them to go on sale. I got ours a week ago when they were 40% off. I love that when you buy their blocks, they plant 2 trees in Honduras!
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For gross motor skills milestones, the toddler should achieve ability in walking, climbing and stomping around. By age two, they should be able to walk at ease, perform basic running and catch, throw, and kick objects such as balls. Another milestone of this skill for toddlers is the ability to sit upright in the very early stages of this phase as well. Lastly, walking up steps should happen without assistance and toddlers should be able to bend, squat without falling over.
The Vampirina Rock N’ Jam Touring Van is based on the hit animated TV series. Preschoolers will have fun with this 2-in-1 set featuring a van that transforms into a stage for an all-star performance with the Ghoul Girls. Fans can go on tour just like in the TV show. The stage features music, rock and roll sounds, lights, signature phrases and more to bring your role-play adventures to life. The driver’s seat becomes a couch, bunk beds rotate to reveal speakers, and the spiral stairs serve as piano keys. This set includes Vampirina, Poppy, and several accessories.
A: Extreme temperatures, as mentioned above, can cause damaging effects. There are some products that state they are designed to withstand that kind of heat. If you find yours is not one of them, or just don’t care to take that kind of risk, you can rinse them in warm soapy water. Let them soak for a few minutes. Scrub in a circular motion as this action can help to agitate and lift bacteria from the toy’s surface. Finish with a rinse and let them sit to air dry. Be sure the toy is completely dry because moisture creates a perfect environment for lingering bacteria to regrow.
Welcome to the magical kingdom of Cinderella’s Dream Castle. It utilizes the new 2018 Build and Swap modular building system. The castle itself is a sight to behold and something you can be proud to display. It features nice colors and a lot of small details that make it shine. There’s a lot of room to pose your figures and kids will have fun acting out various fun scenarios. What’s cool? With the modular design you can mix and match pieces from this set with other sets to expand the fun and even experiment with different designs. The set includes 2 minifigures, a horse, and carriage.

For gross motor skills milestones, the toddler should achieve ability in walking, climbing and stomping around. By age two, they should be able to walk at ease, perform basic running and catch, throw, and kick objects such as balls. Another milestone of this skill for toddlers is the ability to sit upright in the very early stages of this phase as well. Lastly, walking up steps should happen without assistance and toddlers should be able to bend, squat without falling over.

If you’re looking to give baby a Christmas gift that is cuddly and soft like a stuffed animal or plush pet, look no further than the West Elm x pbk Plush Animal Thumbies. They come in four different adorable animal faces and help baby self-soothe thanks to the soft polyester sherpa and faux fleece. Babies love to cuddle up with these thumbies everywhere they go, which is a-OK with parents since the blankets can easily go in the wash for a little refresh when necessary. ($16; potterybarnkids.com)
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