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Toddler Toys That Dazzle

As your baby becomes more mobile, he may become a real noise maker, remote control expert, building machine, storybook junkie or explorer on the go. Toys can incorporate creative play and drama.  Imaginative ways to learn, build, stack, wash, throw and piece together will be the route that children of this age take.  It is magical how a child grows in language and curiosity from birth to four years-old…it is amazing!

You already know what toys are age-appropriate for babies, so let’s now delve into the toddler toys that are the most intriguing, physically challenging and cognitively engaging for your little one this holiday season. 

  • My Dolly: These soft, multicultural plushes are sweet, huggable and great little “friends” for your little one. ($9 – www.auroragift.com
  • Push-Along Frog: This toy will help your toddler with his walking skills while making the cute frog jump in front. ($20 – www.plantoys.com)
  • Weebles Musical Treehouse: Your child will be mesmerized while he watches the weebles slide down the cranked slide of this musical toy.  ($30 – www.playskool.com)

    Weebles Magical Treehouse

  • Parents Stow and Go Activity Cart:  This is a push toy and activity cube in one! ($85 – www.manhattantoy.com)
  • Turbo Touch Speed Truck: When you flip off the top of this truck, it transforms into a racetrack complete with lights, sounds, and a moving car. ($60 – www.toysrus.com)
  • Drop and Slide Farm: This version of the pound-a-ball toy allows your toddler to knock the balls down the slide or barn chute with a mallet. ($25 – www.step2.com)
  • Wonderworld Rolling Rainbows:  Your little one will be fascinated as he watches the shapes roll down this toy’s tracks. ($38 – www.smartgeartoys.com)
  • Smart Muti-Solutions Shape Puzzle: This is a great first puzzle for your child, and it comes complete with a slotted baseboard to give him guidance. ($20 – www.pkolino.com)
  • Classic Bumper Car:  Swivel wheels make this ride-on easy for your toddler to maneuver. ($60 – www.radioflyer.com)

    Fantasy Castle Blocks

  • Fantasy Castle Blocks: Kids can select different shapes in this block set for endless building fun. ($30 – www.educo.com)
  • Duplo Play with Numbers: This toy not only encourages your child to use his imagination, but his fine motor skills and early counting skills, too. ($25 – www. lego.com)

For more great toddler gift ideas, also check the websites www.habatoys.com and www.discoverytoysinc.com.

Take the time to really enjoy the holiday season by playing and interacting with your children.  If you want to know the educational value of these toys, read My Baby Compass, Two to Four

– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series

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