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Toys and Games for 1 & 2 Year Olds

Your toddler is gaining greater body awareness at this stage. His ability to control his arms, legs, hands and feet has grown significantly and his fine motor control is improving rapidly.  Follow your child’s lead and don’t force a play activity on him.  He’ll have preferences and you will soon discover what they are.  You want him to learn to focus, make sense of the world around him, develop creative play and learn cause and effect.  Remember, the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend screen time for children under two years of age.  Here are a few educational and fun activities for your toddler.

  • Finger Painting Pads, Finger Paint, Jumbo Brushes for fine motor and creativity
  • Tops & Tights

    Magnetic Dress Up Tops & Tights  by Melissa & Doug for clothing identification and creativity (www.toysrus.com – $15.47)

  • Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Little Super Star Classical Stacker for size identification (www.fisher-price.com – $13.00)
  • Magnetic Boats in the Tub for special and early science experimentation (www.fatbraintoys.com – $9.99)
  • Lil Shopper Play Set for object identification (www.toysrus.com – $24.99)
  • Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano for early music creativity (www.target.com – $13.49)
  • Fisher Price Laugh and Learning Letters Mailbox for drama and creative play (www.fisher-price.com – $28.00)
  • Green Toys Dump Truck

    Green Toys Dump Truck for creative play – (www.greentoys.com – $17.99)

  • Early Years Busy Ball Drop for early science and math experimentation (www.babyhaven.com – $14.99)
  • Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Friendly Flip Phone for imitative play and communication (www.toysrus.com – $9.99)

If you want more ideas, refer to My Baby Compass, Birth to Two to increase your knowledge how toddlers learn and interact with their environment.

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

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