In addition to being safe, good toys for young children need to match their stages of development and emerging abilities
- Toys for young infants – 0 to 6 months
Babies like to observe and look. Sounds, bright colours, toys that make them reach, lift and turn their heads make great toys for young infants.
- Things they can reach out for like the Manhattan Infant Mobile to go
- Things to listen to or shake like the Djeco Baby Piti Plui Shaker
- Safe toys for teething and putting in mouth – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Teether Rattle
- Sensory Play - Manhattan Toy Co Colourful Classic Baby Beads
- Toys for older infants – 7 to 12 months
At this age, your baby is a mover. They go from rolling over and sitting, to scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling themselves up, and standing. They also start recognizing faces and developing their motor skills.
- Things to develop motor skills – Lilliputiens Jungle Sensory Rattle
- Sorting and building – Manhattan Toy Mind Cubes
- Toys for one-year-old to 18 months
One-year-old children can walk steadily and even climb stairs. They enjoy stories, say their first words, and can play next to other children (but not yet with!). They like to experiment—but need adults to keep them safe.
- Things to play music and make noise – Djeco Baby Raini Shaker
- Things for developing fine and gross motor skills – Janod Sophie La Girafe Stacker
- Toys for toddlers
Two-year-olds rapidly develop their language skills. They also have good control of their hands and fingers and like to do things with small objects.
- Things for solving problems such as wooden puzzles
- Things to keep their active minds busy as well as develop motor skills – Le Toy Van Petit Activity Cube
- Things that help them become confident walkers – Djeco Otto Koala Pull Along
- Toys for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners
3 to 6 year olds have longer attention spans than toddlers. They talk a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and with their still-emerging physical skills.
- Things for solving problems—puzzles, blocks that snap together such as Petit Collage Mixed Up Monsters Magnetic Playset
- Things for pretending and building—many blocks for building complex structures, transportation toys, construction sets.
- Things to create with—large and small crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and finger paint, large and small paper for drawing and painting, colored construction paper, rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines. – Djeco Animambo Tambourine, Djeco Animambo Metallophone