What Toys Are Best for Young Children?
Here are some lists of toys that are beneficial for infants and toddlers. Remember safety is the number one concern!
Birth to 6 Months
Toys are mostly for looking, listening, sucking, grasping or fingering:
- Unbreakable crib mirror.
- Toys to bat or kick, mouth or manipulate.
- Toys on suction cups attached to high chair tray.
7 to 12 Months
Toys that can support their interest in exploring, practicing and expanding their skills:
- Soft, lightweight blocks.
- One-piece push toys.
- Grasping toys that require variety of manipulation.
1 Year Old
One year olds are increasingly mobile and want to practice motor skills, such as carrying toys, or moving them from place to place.
- 3-5 piece puzzles with knobs.
- Push and pull toys.
- Sturdy books to “read” together.
2 Years Old
Two year olds love active, physical play. They enjoy manipulating and exploring objects with more deliberate experimentation. They are very interested in interactive dramatic play.