Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide Part One: Toddler Toys,128.html

This year, we've created handy gift guides with our best toy suggestions for different age groups at various price points. Ask for one in the store or browse our website for more gift ideas.

Part One in this series: Toddler Toys

From the age of 12 months up until 2 or 2 1/2 years old, toddlers are learning how to move their bodies through the world. Crawling, walking, pushing, pulling, jumping, balancing and running are all skills that toddler are learning. Toddlers also need to exercise their boundless energy, and a good toy can help a lot.

Some of our favorite gross motor toddler toys include the Rody Riding Horse (we recommend this with supervised play at this age), Papa Don's Rainbow Push Toy, The Hape Scoot Around, Wheely Bugs, and the Plan Toys Pull Along Snail, all of which will delight an active toddler.

Toddlers are also learning to hone their fine motor skills while developing their imaginations. Ball run toys like the Switchback Racetrack, pounding toys like Plan Toy's Punch and Drop, and building toys like Haba Fantasy Blocks are all great for developing hand eye coordination while also encouraging imaginative play.

Also, be on the lookout for toys that will grow with your toddler. Folkmanis Puppets, for example, are a lot of fun for younger kids when grownups use the puppets, but will also be used by older kids to create their own stories. Likewise, Green Toys vehicles are great for a toddler to push around, but will also make a perfect sand box toy for a 5 year old. And BEKA Maple Unit Blocks are perfect for making towers with toddlers and awesome for making bridges and castles with 4 year olds.

Check our our complete list of Toddler gift ideas on our website. Or, better yet, stop in to the store!
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