What Types of Toys Support Healthy Play?

QUALITY TOYS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS...

ALLOW CHILDREN TO USE THEIR IMAGINATION

Look for toys, stuffed animals, figurines or dolls that aren’t from a tv show, or other media, to allow your child to create her own play ideas. Helping children to develop their creativity and life skills is important for lifelong learning.

Also allows for child to be in-charge of their play, while a battery-operated doll that talks limits what your child might pretend.

CAN BE USED IN MANY WAYS

Quality toys can be used in more than one way and will grow with your child. For example, nesting block, buckets or tunnels can be used for many things: stacking, filling, and as he or she grows they can turn them in car garages, cities, or homes for animals.

ENGAGE THE SENSES

Children learn by using all their senses. Young babies learn by using all their senses. They enjoy play that involves a variety of textures, as well as touch, songs, and dancing. For older children, playing with paint, sand or dirt, dried beans and ice cubes will provide opportunities for learning using touch, smell, sight and sound. 

REMEMBER…

Play is essential to early learning; children need to be actively involved in their play to develop basic learning skills.

Play allows children to explore the world and gain confidence. And it improves the child’s social skills as well

Create the Scene for Play:

Babies and toddlers learn by watching other children play. Provide opportunities for mixed age play experiences
Create a safe play space, where children can move around freely
Less is more. Provide a few toys and rotate them when children lose interest. 

Household objects that allow infants and toddlers to play creatively:

Small pots and pans
Wooden spoons
Carboard boxes
Measuring spoons, cups
Plastic tubs with lids (yogurt, butter containers)

Written by: Ashley McKee