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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Putting toys where they belong

Each toy should be categorized and should have a home to make clean up quicker and easier.

If children know exactly where things belong, they are more likely to put them away.

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Imagination toys

Allowing children to play by themselves at times is a good way for them to learn how to do things themselves.

Basic "non-toys" such as boxes and other containers are perfect for unlocking the key to a child’s imagination.

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Top 10 Best Toddler Gift Ideas 2009

You’ll find the best toddler gift ideas for boys and girls including lots of popular and educational choices.

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Avoiding sharing issues with todders

If you know that it is going to be an issue to share a special toy then try to leave it at home. Don’t expect other kids not to want to play with it and don’t expect your child to want to share it.

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