Natural Toys for Creative Play

March 122013

Day 199 - Leon Playing
In these days you can buy so many toys for your baby or for your toddler but the interesting thing is that most of the time the favorite toys are the most simple ones. I’ve already noticed that with my son. He loves cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and last but not least newspapers.

Dana Johnson wrote a really interesting article on this topic, let me share it with you:

Think back for a moment to your childhood. What was your favorite thing to play? What did you pretend for hours on end? When parents are asked this question, almost without exception we discover that our favorite play scenarios were those we created out of our imaginations. We were mommies feeding babies, superheroes with a towel-turned-cape, explorers of our backyards. Grandparents often say they played with what little play materials they had. A simple cloth was a baby blanket, a parachute flyer, and a costume all in one.

You can read the rest here: Natural Toys for Creative Play

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Educational baby toys

January 152013

Grant Play Gym
My son is 8 month old and he love playing with basically anything. We bought him different educational toys from Fisher Price and Lamaze baby toys and I find them quite good. Although it’s not easy to choose because there’s a huge selection in the market when it comes to educational baby toys.

I found a good, well-written and short article about this topic. I have to emphasize short because I don’t have much spare time to read at the moment :)

Wooden baby toys

Blocks will always be a solid toy for baby, but today, much research and psychological study goes into developing baby toys. There’s a reason for the colours, the sounds, the lights, the materials and the shape. To choose the best toys for baby, follow these simple steps:

  • Check for sharp edges or rough surfaces as they can cause cuts and splinters.
  • Buy washable, non breakable toys for babies.
  • Anything small enough to fit into a 35mm film canister can choke a child under three.
  • Be wary of toys that make loud noises as they can be harmful to hearing. Particularly toys which are held against the ear, such as walkie talkies and toy mobile phones.
  • Buy for your baby’s age, not six months ahead.
  • Look for toys that grow with baby as she moves through the lying, sitting and standing phases.

I think these tips are pretty helpful and it’s important to bear them in mind.

Playmats

Small babies just love a playmat. The containment of the mat, with its sides and the gym above, keeps baby feeling safe and secure. They can only see a few centimetres in front of them so they need to feel cocooned, and a playmat does this job well, while at the same time introducing enough stimulation to keep him satisfied. Baby will use a playmat until about 9 months old, so it’s worth investing in a good one.

I agree my son loves his playmat too. It stimulates him and he loves lying on it.

Car, cot and pram toys

As baby starts to reach out to touch things, he’ll need a well positioned and secured dangly toy to help with the development of his motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

We have some pram toys and they can be very entertaining and useful too. It’s worth to buy them.

Source: http://www.kidspot.com.au/Baby-Baby-gear—buying-guides-Educational-baby-toys+410+426+article.htm

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