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Toddler Toys for Each Stage

Playing is an important task for young children, as it is their primary method of developing their physical and mental skills and learning new concepts that they need to grow into aware and healthy young children. Offering the right toys to your toddler at the right stage will tangibly facilitate their mental and physical development, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the type of toys that should ideally be offered to children during their second year.

12 to 18 Months Old
A good majority of babies will be able to walk by their 13
th month, but will still struggle with keeping their balance and stopping themselves from falling over. By their 15th month, most babies will be able to twist and move their wrist independently from their arm, explore objects more carefully and with greater awareness, string two or more ideas together to plan their short-term behavior, and handle objects properly, such as cuddling a baby doll or pressing the correct buttons of an interactive popup toy.

Give your little one plenty of opportunities to develop their motor skills and improve their balance by offering them the following toys:

•  A low climbing gym
•  Early learning toys
•  Push and pull toys
•  Different types of play sets
•  Puzzles with knobs attached to them or puzzles with large pieces
•  Building blocks
•  Musical instruments
•  Slow, battery-powered ride-on toys

18 to 24 Months Old
Children between the ages of 18 months and 2 years are energetic little tykes that revel in investigating what they are capable of. Most children at this stage will enjoy experimenting with walking forward, backward and sideways; running; and maneuvering mobile toys by pulling or pushing them around. They are also more adept at using their feet to scoot along on a ride-on toy, throw a ball, place one block on top of the other, and scribble with more purpose using a crayon.

Toys that will help contribute to your child’s development at this stage include:

•  Play dough 
•  Large crayons 
•  Toy wagons 
•  Toy housekeeping tools 
•  Dolls and doll accessories, such as cradles, potties, and feeding sets 
•  Slow, battery-powered ride-on toys 
•  Construction and building play sets
•  Books featuring different textures and colorful pictures 
•  Early learning toys
•  Toys that help develop eye-hand coordination, such as toys that involve sorting shapes or throwing balls into a basket