Understanding the Link Between Toys and Toddler Development

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When it comes to toddler development, the toys you have your toddler play with are going to make a difference. When your baby has grown out of their ball and rattles, it is time to get them some more complicated toys to keep them amused and stimulate their thinking and reasoning skills.

Don’t overlook traditional toys for aiding toddler development. A favorite type of traditional toy of mine is a pull along. These have been available for a long time, but have also come a long way. They used to be a duck that made noises as you pulled it along, as those of us who are older may remember, but today the duck is just the tip of the iceberg. There are now chickens, which have chicks trailing behind them, lions, and even crocodiles.

Another popular traditional toy is a train set. These are perfect for toddlers and are great fun. And while your little one may think they are playing, they are also using and refining their motor skills.

Modern toys such as electronic games are very popular, however, they do not encourage children to play together. They also do everything that is needed for the child, which means they don’t need to imagine much. Many young children may spend hours sitting in front of the TV, which can inhibit their imagination and social skills. Instead, it might be a good idea to only allow your child to watch limited amounts of TV each day.

Although every toy encourages learning in a different way, there are also toys that are specifically designed for learning, and you can use these toys to teach skills, reasoning, and just how to play. The whole experience can be very rewarding.

If you think about it, toys and development aren’t really that difficult to understand. Try to choose the ones where your children have to use their imagination to make things come alive and further their toddler development.

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  1. Avatar of LIZ says:

    very good info

  2. Avatar of Krystal Krystal says:

    Ready for these days!!

  3. Avatar of monsue87 monsue87 says:

    My son loves to play with bowls and lids. We have tons of toys but he loves putting his blocks in the bowls and shaking them up.

  4. Avatar of KarleyB KarleyB says:

    Little Ava loves Mickey Mouse just as much as her big sister Olivia, looks like we’re saving a lot of money through hand-me-downs! Score! ;D

  5. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    Great article, but my daughter is still to young to play with toys.

  6. Avatar of JamJam JamJam says:

    I totally agree. I dont want to put emphasis on toys i want to put it on imagination and outside

  7. my son is obsessed with soccer balls and loves doing ANYTHING outside :)

  8. Avatar of Hipmom808 Hipmom808 says:

    I try to monitor time spent watching tv, instead I like putting her shopping cart, stroller, and other toys outside for her to play and use her imagination. When I was a kid, I spent my days climbing trees and playing outside. These days kids are indoors on their computers. I think it’s important for kids to use their imagination. Love this article!

  9. Avatar of bianca bianca says:

    true, even a simple toy can be a great learning toy

  10. Avatar of monica monica says:

    so am i my kids the ones the play music

  11. Avatar of monica monica says:

    my kids love cars, balls,toy doggy

  12. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    My son loves everything, from plain toys to big rides to puzzles. In terms of watching there is a specific movies he watches: Disney Pixar Cars, Toy Story, all Dinosaurs movies. He likes watching them along with his toys that shows in the movie. So far I notice him more interested in dinosaurs ever since I bought him the Animal Planet Dinosaurs Set at Toys R Us, from that on he loves watching Dino (movies, shows, and even documentaries)

  13. Avatar of Angelwings Angelwings says:

    I’m glad the pull along toys are still around, and stuffed animals. Imagination is the key to a healthy mind

  14. My son loves Lego’s. He build things and tells me what he built. He has such an imagination! He also likes cars, trucks, dinosaurs, and books. He gets to watch leaf frog dvds

  15. my kid loves toys and books, but his favorite is cars and trains….don’t dare try to take one away from him or he pitches a fit.

  16. Avatar of Timberly Timberly says:

    my son refuses to watch tv at all, so i guess im lucky there!

  17. Avatar of Kimberly Kimberly says:

    My son loves everything… from playing with cars n making car sounds to grabbing books n pointing at animals n making sounds… i think the more u play with them the more they like to play

  18. Avatar of tmillington2 tmillington2 says:

    I find that this toddler development is goood, but I am also teaching my child how to sign what she wants as well talk.

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