Choosing the best toddler toys for your child
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choice of toddler toys available, you’re not alone! We remember the days when we were gifted a wealth of baby and toddler toys with our first child and were amazed by how much ‘stuff’ was out there for our little ones. Whether you shop with us or elsewhere, when it comes to picking toddler toys, we want you to know you’re choosing the right toys. Toys which will last beyond the initial ‘new toy’ excitement and will help your child have the best possible playtime. Let’s take a look…
Do toddlers really need toys?
The beautiful thing about toddlerhood is that exploring new things is one of the most exciting things a toddler can do - and most things are new to them! Whether it’s seeing and touching a new fruit, visiting a new playground, or learning how to help you with something different around the house... the world is full of interesting opportunities to engage your toddler without toys.
Of course, all parents need a break from finding the wonder in the everyday... which is where toys are very welcomed. Toys provide safe opportunities for your child to be curious, learn and practice their independence at home, without your constant interaction!
What types of toddler toys are there?
The variety of toddler toys on the market is impressive (and tempting) but the main thing to remember is your children already have the best play tool available... their imagination! When picking toys, we encourage you to choose toys which are open-ended in nature and encourage them to use their imagination as much as possible.
- Small world toys
- Roleplay toys
- Sensory toys
- Movement toys
- Arts & craft materials
- Musical toys
What toys should a 2 year old play with?
At 2 years old, your child is curious, adventurous, and eager to learn about the world around them. They want to experiment with how things work, try their hand at problem solving and use their imagination to be in control of their play world. Toddler toys which encourage this type of exploration include: puzzles, building blocks, Montessori toys, open-ended construction toys, rockers, climbing toys, slides, balance boards, role-play toys & dolls and games which involve cause and effect (for example, they twist/push/pull something and something else happens).
What are the best educational toys for 2 year olds?
Children learn best when they’re having fun, and at 2 years old there’s really nothing more your child needs to learn then how to be confident in themselves and the world around them. At this time, your child is learning rapidly and gaining new skills all the time through everyday life and their free play.
If you’re keen to purchase an ‘educational toy’ for your 2 year old. Opt for a toy which will grow with them and help nurture their development throughout the toddler years. Open-ended toys like Montessori toys, construction toys, creative materials and movement toys (like balance boards) leave space for your child’s imagination and can be used again and again as they grow - plus they support your child's natural cognitive and physical development through fun!
When it comes to the best make of educational toddler toys, wooden toys for toddlers are our favourite. Wooden is not only durable and sustainable but is naturally appealing (and calming) to a young child’s sense.
If you’re interested in discovering open-ended, wooden toys for your toddler, how about browsing our toddler balance boards before you go?