Kitchenware toys

Get some non-breakable containers with lids in assorted sizes. Have your child remove the lids, mix them up, and then put them back on the appropriate container. Start with two or three containers then add more as your child improves.

From: parentingtoddlers.com Opens in new window

Kitchen toys

Stainless steel bowls are great toys for your toddler.

They are shiny and reflective, they are great for banging and they can make a lot of noise when they rattle them around on the floor – add a wooden spoon into the mix and they have a makeshift set of drums and stacking toys.

From: baby.families.com Opens in new window

toys that promote activity

Seek out toys that encourage your child to be active. Toddlers are doing all kinds of physical tricks as they are stronger and more confident with their bodies.

From: zerotothree.org Opens in new window

The power of play

Play gives children the chance to practice new skills over and over again.

Toys that give kids a chance to figure something out on their own-or with a little coaching-build their logical thinking skills and help them become persistent problem-solvers.

From: zerotothree.org Opens in new window

Toys in groups and alone

Plastic bats are great for solo play but a disaster in a group. Select age and temperament-appropriate toys.

An impulsive thrower needs soft toys, not metal cars that he can use as projectiles. If a toy habitually excites squabbles among playing children, shelve it.

From: askdrsears.com Opens in new window

Choosing re-usable toys

Toddlers love to take apart, put back together, pull out, put in, add on, and build up.

Choose toys that are "open-ended" in the sense that your child can play many different games with them. For example, wooden blocks or chunky plastic interlocking blocks can be used to make a road, a zoo, a bridge or a spaceship.

From: zerotothree.org Opens in new window

Baby toys

Baby Toys are not just your baby’s playing tool, they help a lot in building their overall development. So before buying toys for your child, you should think of its utility and different ways of playing it.

From: babyfirstyear.org Opens in new window