Time flies as your little one grows and by 18 months you are most likely in full on toddler territory. Your little one is probably walking and talking, or will be soon and traditional wooden toddler toys such as puzzles, ride on's and vehicles are suddenly starting to appeal and hold their engagement. This is the perfect time to start moving away from newborn baby toys and starting to look at our fantastic range of wooden toys for toddlers.
Toddlers have busy minds and seemingly limitless energy. As parents, our focus is on choosing the right toys to inspire and engage them. We want to find the perfect balance of fun and learning that will help them develop important key skills that they will hold on to for the rest of their lives whilst also keeping them amused, ideally for long enough for us to make a cup of tea or empty the washing machine.
If you haven't had any new toys for a while then you might feel that your toddler's toys are looking a bit babyish and don't seem to be engaging them in the same way they used to. Although in many cases children will simply change and develop the way they play with toys as they get older, there are certainly some amazing toddler toys you can introduce at this stage.
It's around this time, as they are rapidly hitting milestone after milestone, that children start really using their imagination. Role play in all its forms is a fantastic way of learning through play. Toddlers love to mimic the things they see us do and rapidly develop their vocabulary and motor skills by playing these games.
Encouraging pretend play with toys such as the cutting fruit and veg, a beautiful tea set, or even just a few cups will likely result in endless cups of tea for you and their teddies. It won't be long before they are big enough for a wooden kitchen. And we love the toolsets for toddler role play games.
Farm sets or construction vehicles are great toddler toys for small world play and will form the start of a collection that can be built upon for years. Again these types of toys are perfect for developing fine and gross motor skills, engaging their imaginations, and building vocabulary as they act out stories either real or imagined.
Even the youngest toddlers will love pushing a toy car around the room and making vroom vroom noises. While a farm set is great for learning animal identification, noises and all about life on a farm and where our food comes from as they grow.
We particularly love the Indigo Jamm transport toys for toddlers. They are chunky enough for little hands, beautifully made with responsibly sourced materials and child safe non-toxic paints, and toddlers are really drawn to the colours and designs. The little peg people are a great feature that adds so much more small world play potential and is great for developing dexterity and hand-eye coordination as they pop them in and out of the holes.
Puzzles make great toddlers toys as they are a great way to encourage problem-solving skills, develop hand-eye coordination, help with shape recognition and build self-esteem. Djeco and Goula both make some really lovely peg puzzles for toddlers that are great for colour and shape recognition as being great toys for learning about things such as animals and what they eat, or learning about different textures. We love the multilayer puzzles for a bit of an extra challenge, and toddlers think the Tidlo sound puzzles are just fantastic.
Toddlers love music, they love dancing to it and they love making it, meaning toy instruments are also great for this age range.
Give them something to shake, rattle or bang and play alongside them so they can copy rhythms, shaking fast or slow and making quiet and loud noises. This type of play is great for self-expression, concentration and gross motor skills. And it's great fun for grown-ups too.
Soft toys and dolls are loved by all ages. By this stage children are starting to mimic your actions, taking care of their dolls and teddies, and developing their vocabulary by chatting away to them. Rubens barn dolls are wonderful for providing comfort, and teaching empathy, as well as being the perfect toy for role play games.
Building blocks are obviously still a winner, as toddlers get more coordinated they'll be able to build taller towers and start creating other more imaginative structures. You might be amazed by what they come up with.
Ok so wobbles are obviously a bit of a favourite here, but we really do think they are the perfect toys for everyone from toddlers to teenagers. They promote gross motor skills and help children develop essential balance and strength. They also happen to be fabulously open-ended toys, especially when they are in the hands of a toddler.
A walker or pull along toy is perfect for helping toddlers to really find their feet and grow in confidence, while one of the beautiful ride-on toys is great for keeping toddlers active.