When your baby becomes a toddler, it can be a fun but challenging time. Young toddlers are determined to do things on their own, but often don’t yet have the skills necessary to accomplish tasks. To keep your child out of trouble and from getting frustrated and upset, it is important to provide a variety of age-appropriate toys and activities. The following are some great ideas for things you can pick up from a toy store in San Francisco that will keep your toddler busy while helping him or her continue developing necessary life skills.
Real Life Toys
At this age, toddlers spend a lot of time watching and imitating their parents and caregivers. They are constantly trying to “help” and want to be involved in all of the things you are doing. To help your child develop their imagination and real life play, provide them with small versions of everyday things. Play kitchens, houses, and even cleaning tools (i.e. brooms, vacuums, sponges, etc.) will allow your child to mimic to his or her satisfaction.
Toys with Interlocking Parts
At this age, children love to manipulate things with their hands. They are just developing their fine motor skills and love to practice. Toys that have nobs, handles, switches, and doors that open and shut are great for learning and keeping toddlers busy. Nesting toys, pop-up toys, and sorting toys, and those with interlocking parts are also great options.
Musical instruments are a great way for a child to learn the cause and effect of certain actions. Toddlers also love to make noise and dance to music. There are a variety of instrument options available, including a guitar, keyboard, harmonica, maracas, drums, or even musical toys. You can even make instruments out of some everyday things at home (e.g. pots and wooden spoons).
Toddlers are at the perfect age to begin learning to build towers and castles and they love to knock them down afterward. Provide your child with a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. These can provide hours of entertainment and even learning opportunities for the future.
Puzzles are also fun for toddlers that have good coordination and fine motor skills. Although they may need a little help at the beginning, once children figure them out, puzzles can be quite satisfying. Be sure to start with simple puzzles from a toy store in San Francisco so as not to overwhelm your child.