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Holiday Shopping List Day 2

We are back for Round 2 of our Holiday Shopping Guide! Today's all about the toddlers. Sure, they sometimes come with tantrums, but this age group is also so fun developmentally. This age group has so many new skills that begin to emerge. Here are some great toys for little ones in this age group:

Fisher-Price Little People 50th Anniversary Play ‘n Go Farm

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This is another classic toy that helps children learn early vocabulary, prepositions (in/out, up/down, etc.) and provides opportunities for pretend play. This classic version does not make nosies, which gives children opportunities to make animal sounds on their own (and helps parents keep their sanity :)! Remember, when it comes to language development, sometimes having an opportunity to take initiative and vocalize independently is a positive thing!

Best for Ages: 1 year +

Skills Addressed:

  • prepositions

  • identification

  • object permanence

  • cooperative and turn taking play

Where to Buy: Here at Target

Think and Roll Board Game

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This game’s soft game cube makes it a perfect choice for toddlers. Kids roll the cube, find a game card that matches the color they rolled, and then perform the action that’s listed on the card. Great for teaching about colors, emotions, body parts, movement, and a lot more!

Best for Ages: 18 months and up

Skills Addressed:

  • Following directions

  • Body Awareness

  • Identification

  • Turn Taking

Where to buy: Find it here, on Amazon

Wooden Knob Puzzles

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Puzzles with big wooden knobs make great first puzzles for toddlers. The knobs are easy for to grasp and the pieces are larger than other puzzles, making placement easier. You can find a lot of varieties, but this shapes puzzle from Melissa and Doug is a great one! It works on basic colors and shapes, in addition to developing fine motor skills!

Best for ages: 12 - 24 months

Skills addressed:

  • fine motor

  • shape and color identification

  • grasping

  • hand eye coordination

  • visual perceptual

  • matching

Where to buy: here on Amazon.

Mega Bloks

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Who doesn't love to build a good tower? Blocks are great for so many things: pretned play, fine motor skills, visual motor skills, and even hand strength! We love Mega Bloks because the size makes pushing and pulling the blocks together easier for little hands. Bloks are also great for practicing releasing objects into a container. You can even sort by color or size to work on identification skills!

Best for ages: 1 - 4 years

Skills addressed:

  • fine motor

  • grasping/releasing

  • bilateral coordination

  • pretend play

  • visual motor

  • eye hand coordination

  • color and size identification

Where to buy: here on Amazon.

Wishbone 3 in 1 Original Bike

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This amazing product is a little pricier than other items on our list, but it is able to transition with your child through many stages of development. It is able to transform from a baby walker into a push tricycle and then into a small or large balance bike! What more could a kid (or a parent)?

Best for ages: 1-5 years

Skills Addressed:

  • gross motor skills

  • motor planning

  • bilateral coordination

  • balance

Where to buy: Find it here, on Amazon

Mr. Potato Head

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This is a classic toy that appeals to pre-school age children and remains fun even for older kids. It provides great opportunities to learn and use early vocabulary words including body parts, clothing, prepositions (in/out, top/bottom, left/right, front/back, etc.), pronouns (Mrs. Potato Head is great too!) and colors. This toy also provides opportunities to practice turn-taking skills, discuss facial expressions, practice requesting, and reinforce correct facial orientation. Older children might enjoy adding pieces to the collection, such as branching out into occupations or characters (Darth Tater is a popular choice).

Best for Ages: 2 years +

Skills Addressed:

  • body awareness

  • fine motor skills

  • prepositions

  • vocabulary

  • turn taking

  • requesting

  • hand strength

Where to buy: Here on


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Kids have so much fun with these! A great spin on the hippity hop, Rody helps to encourage balance, coordination and motor planning. Rody comes in so many different colors, you'll be able to pick out your little ones favorite!

Best for Ages: 24 months - 4 years

Skills addressed:

  • Motor planning

  • Balance

  • Coordination

Where to buy: here on Amazon

Wooden lacing beads

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Wooden beads are such a classic and simple toy, but they are great for developing so many skills. Wooden beads come in so many different shapes, colors and themes, it should be easy to find some that match your child's interests! Lacing the beads helps to develop fine motor, bilateral coordination, hand eye coordination, and manual dexterity skills. Beads can also be used with sorting and matching activities to help with identification. For added fun, hide your beads in a sensory bin for some fun tactile exploration and visual perceptual skills.

Best for ages: 2 - 5 years

Skills addressed:

  • fine motor

  • hand eye coordination

  • bilateral coordination

  • manual dexterity

  • sorting

  • matching

  • visual perceptual

Where to buy: here on Amazon.

You can find our recommendations for babies on yesterday's blog post here. Be sure to check in the rest of the week for other age groups, and don't forget to share our posts with your friends for a change to win a $20 dift card!

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