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Monday, February 8, 2010

Choosing Toys for your Toddler

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We have WAAAYYYY too many toys at our house, and I want to get rid of some, but which are worth keeping?  I decided to do some research.  Of course I am always thinking about safety, but my focus here is on the educational value of the toys.

I am going to sort toys and keep the ones that:

  • can be used in a variety of ways.
  • encourages cooperation (NOT aggression or violence)
  • activate the imagination
  • encourage role play
  • increase fine/large motor skills
  • increase shape recognition
  • require sorting

At our house, this means we will be keeping the tractors, animal figurines, puzzles, blocks, riding toys, balls, magnadoodle, crayons, kitchen toys and construction set.

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http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/development/choosing_toys.html

http://www.nncc.org/Curriculum/toys.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/life-stages/parenting/child-development/how-to-stimulate-a-childs-mind2.htm

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