Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers

Today's gift guide focuses on toddlers. Toddlers are busy moving around, exploring their environment, and figuring out how things work. Here are some gifts to help them explore and learn.

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug
This is a very durable ride-on toy and the wheels allow the child to move easily in all directions. Younger toddlers also enjoy pushing the wheely bug while walking.

Gymnic Rody Horse

The Rody Horse is great for building balance and core strength. It can also be a great source of vestibular and proprioceptive input for sensory seeking toddlers.

Gertie Ball
Balls are great for working on the eye-hand coordination and eye-foot coordination required to learn to kick, throw and catch. I personally like the Gertie Ball because it is easy to catch and it is soft, so missed catches don't result in tears. The bumpy texture is also fun for kids of all ages.

Handle Car
This car is good for young toddlers, although I've seen older toddlers/preschoolers who enjoy this car as well! I love that this car is plain and simple, which promotes imaginative play. This car is so easy to grasp that I also recommend it for children with motor impairments that make it difficult for them to grasp small items. 

Tiny Love Musical Stack and Ball Game
This is a good toy for babies/young toddlers that will continue to entertain as they get older. Babies often like the music and the balls that rattle when they shake them. As they get older, they learn how to put the balls inside to activate the music. Finally, it is a ring stacker as well!

I hope you find this list helpful! Please check back tomorrow for a gift guide for preschoolers!

What are your favorite toys for toddlers? 

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