We recently discussed what toys aren’t so great for your kids, but we didn’t go into a lot of detail about what toys are likely to lead to engaged play. So let’s talk about some of our favorite toys here, plus alternatives!
For many toys, I’ll show both a more affordable option for a toy and the splurge. I’ll tell you which we have for our kids (even if it’s the cheaper version!). Sometimes the splurge is totally worth it, and sometimes the more economical option works just as well for us!
Want to help your kids with hand-eye coordination? Let her play with blocks!
Want to build your child’s imagination? Let him play with blocks!
Want to build your child’s spatial reasoning (in other words, to help them think about what 3D objects look like all the way around)? Let her play with blocks!
Every little one (girl or boy!) needs something small with wheels that they can roll around. Here’s a few choices.
It’s so fun to have little people to play with. Kids can “imagine into” them and pretend all different scenarios with small characters. I personally chose people without facial expressions to keep them more open-ended, but it’s up to what you want!
These colorful tiles have magnets on each edge so they can stick together. Your kids will be able to make great towers and flat figures with them!
I hope this list of some of our favorite toys gives you some great ideas in case there are any “gaps” of toy types in your collection. Check these out (just in time to get ahead of Christmas shopping) and let me know which are your favorites!
By the way, are you having a hard time getting your children to share all those toys they have? Why not try having them take turns? Sign up to get a free printable (to stick on your fridge!) to give you the exact script I use to help my children take turns with toys!