What Are the Best Activity Toys for Babies?
Best Developmental Toys for Babies
Toys are amazing, and there are just so many to choose from even for babies. From activity cubes to bath toys there are so many options when it comes to keeping your little one entertained that it can be hard to know where to start.
While toys are of course designed to be fun, we want them to entertain and engage our children, they are also a key part of child development. When babies play they are developing key visual and motor skills, they are learning how to solve basic problems, they are beginning to recognise shapes and colours and they are developing their understanding of the world around them.
Different toys help children develop differently. Rattles, for example, help children discover about cause and effect as well as stimulating hearing and helping to develop motor skills. A shape sorter is great for developing shape and colour recognition as well as fine motor skills. And building blocks are perfect for learning about object permanence, stacking and balance.
Some of our Favourite Activity Toys for Babies and Toddlers
Here are a few of our favourite activity toys for babies and toddlers that are both developmental and fun.
Activity cubes are great because they offer so many different activities in one place. They will spark your child’s creativity and develop lots of vital skills including fine motor skills, problem-solving and shape and colour recognition that are vital in achieving their developmental milestones.
Activity cubes often include a shape sorter element but you can also get some fabulous shape sorters as smaller, stand-alone toys. We love the Tender Leaf Toys Tortoise for little ones and any of the animal shape sorters for toddlers.
Another great option is an activity walker. This can be used by little ones who can sit up long before they can walk and offer lots of engaging play and learning opportunities, and then, when they are ready to start taking their first steps they have a handy set of wheels to help keep them stable.
A set of stacking rings, or any stacking toy for that matter is really great for helping little ones develop their dexterity, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They are also great for learning colours and learning about the concepts of bigger and smaller as eventually, they start to stack the rings in size order.
Every child should have a set of building blocks, and babies can start to enjoy them from about 6 months. They won’t be creating huge towers at that point so you may prefer to opt for one of the smaller sets that include sensory blocks that will add another element of discovery and learning to their playtime.
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