One of the best ways for very young children to learn about the world around them is to play – and with companies like Hope Education offering a wide range of educational toys for infants, there’s plenty for cheeky monkeys to enjoy. Everything from puzzles to games and sensory equipment will get young brains thinking, so here are some of the most inspiring toys out there.
- Number puzzles
Before you know it, children will be running around counting from one to ten, so why not assist their learning with a number puzzle? This will help them to identify numbers in their written form while working on their problem solving and motor skills at the same time.
- Alphabet puzzles
“A, B, C, D, E F G….,” toddlers may even be able to sing the alphabet but do they know what each of the letters look like and can they put them in the correct order? Alphabet puzzles will help them master this and are a must-have for any toy box.
- Stacking towers
Building towers (and knocking them down again) is all part of being a kid. Not only is stacking blocks on top of one another fun, it also develops motor and balance skills.
- Educational play gyms
Educational play gyms are great from any age – even starting with babies who are not yet crawling as they allow them to explore a wide range of colours and textures while lying on their back. Many have musical sound effects and some even have flashing lights making for extra fun tummy time sessions.
- Stacking Clock
Lovers of the good old fashioned jigsaw puzzle will be delighted to know that these still have a place in pre-school nurseries – they are superb for developing hand-eye coordination and motor skills but certain designs take the education a step further. This stacking clock is simple enough, breaking into just five pieces, but it’s a useful tool for learning to tell the time and it also displays the 24-hour clock.
- Wooden cube development toys
Wooden cube toys are great as they often include a different activity on each side. While one side might have shape and colour recognition another might focus on counting and coordination with the help of brightly coloured beads.
- Mega Bloks
Mega Bloks are ideal for little builders encouraging hands-on exploration as well as creativity and imagination in developing new structures. They’re big and easy to handle, safe to chew on and are available in numerous bright colours making learning fun.
- Farm sets and animals
There are many ways to encourage independent play, but providing the right toys will certainly help. Those who fuel the imagination (such as animal farm sets) will encourage curiosity and discovery, channel their learning and keep little minds entertained. You can even give them new animals to play with here and there to prevent boredom and increase their vocabulary.
- Role-play sets
If your child loves Bob the Builder, why not buy them a construction set? Similarly, if you’ve a little nurse on your hands a toy medical kit could be the perfect Christmas or birthday present. Role-play is an excellent way for kids to learn and you might be surprised at how much they chatter away as they discover their new toys.
- Colouring crayons and paper
Sometimes, kids just love to sit down and draw… or scribble on a bit of paper. If they are anything like mine they will love ‘creating’ things from things from scratch and they will love using every colour under the sun!.
There are many incredible toys available these days, which are highly educational, so take your pick and have a great time with your youngster.
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