Favorite Toddler Learning Toys

Favorite Toddler Learning Toys

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Read on for details on what we both love about them!

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  • Fisher-Price Little People Swing & Share Treehouse Playset: Of all the toys Arya’s been obsessed with lately, this one is at the top! She engages with the little people in such a way that is so cute to see. You can tell she’s actively engaging in the cause and effect situations, and she’s even begun to dabble in a little make-believe with the characters. The songs aren’t annoying (a mom win in its own right), and because there aren’t any tiny pieces, there’s no mess! Suggested age: 1-5 years.


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  • GYBBER&MUMU Wooden Preschool Shape Puzzle: Technically, we bought this puzzle around Arya’s first birthday but it’s still a favorite! At first I would supervise quite heavily since the pieces are small, but the older she got, the more she understood how the puzzle worked. I love watching her try to figure this one out — she sticks her tongue toward her bottom lip and insists on standing while playing with it. That lets me know that her brain is really firing and that hand-eye coordination is something she has confidence in! The fact that its wooden means it’ll last for a long while. Suggested age: 1-3 years.


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  • Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn First Words Smart Puppy: Long story short, kiddos LOVE this puppy. I don’t know if it’s the lights, the sounds, the tumbling of the blocks — whatever, even I really enjoy watching her enjoy this one. In addition to increasing her word association, this toy is designed to expand upon what’s she’s learned. You can activate new levels, when waving the blocks over the puppy sensor! Level one is all about exploring, level two is for encouraging, and level three is for pretend. Suggested age: 9-36 months!


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  • Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Instrument Set: Arya LOVES music. Dancing, singing, dancing AND singing? She’s down for it. I first purchased this set so that she could shake the tambourine when dancing to the theme songs of her favorite shows. Then as she got older, I introduced the concept of being able to create her own music! The set comes with 10 pieces, so every couple of months she latches onto a new favorite. Right now she’s a maracas shaking machine, and I’ve been really impressed with how on beat she is. Technically this set is for older toddlers so I’d recommend one sound at a time, and then keeping all the pieces in the box on a shelf until your little is ready for a new one! Suggested age:  36 months – 6 years.


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  • Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Leave a Message Smart Phone: I’m going to be honest. This is MY favorite toy that Arya has right now lol Because let’s face it — all of us millennial moms know how much our kids are obsessed with our phones. This is the only fake phone toy that captures her attention, and she’s already learned so much. There’s a button that lets her record her own voicemail greeting and she gets a HUGE kick out of hearing her own voice play back. I also love that the emoji buttons help explain the different facial expressions associated with feelings. I’ve caught her having full on babble conversations on her “phone” and they’re starting to sound more and more intelligible each week! Suggested age: 18-36 months.


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  • rolimate Wooden Recognition Board Block: Truth? I borrowed this idea from Arya’s classroom at nursery school! We try to duplicate the ideas and concepts that she learns throughout the day, so that we can reinforce them at home. The day she saw this familiar puzzle pop-up in her room, she was SO excited! Her fine motor skills weren’t the greatest at first but now she’s an absolute pro at sorting the shapes, pegs, and holes. She never gets bored, and I’ve now started to notice her think outside the box with different ways to sort and stack! The pieces are small so supervision would be best. Suggested age: 24 months+.


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