We all know kids, whatever their age love toys. Take a child into a toy store and you will probably find a number of things that he “needs” and “can’t live without”. But toys can be more than just fun and games. If you choose the right toys for your child, you can encourage development and create opportunities to learn.
Babies are eager to learn about the world around them. Colour, texture, taste, shape and sound are all learning experiences for them. So it is important to choose safe and stimulating toys for your baby that let him use his senses. Try musical toys for him to discover sound and introduce toys with contrasting colours to stimulate his developing vision.
Choose educational toys that offer a chance for you to bond with your little one. Recognise your child’s accomplishments during play to boost his self-confidence. Playing toys with others also offers the opportunity for little ones to learn social skills, such as sharing.
Toy Kingdom brings you its top educational toys for babies:
Alex Toys Bath Scene Farm Friends, R139.95
Learn about animals and create bath time stories with this fun farm scene.
Playskool Build ’n Roll Tower, R649.95
This classic stacking and nesting toy helps encourage eye-tracking development. Use the balls to make it more interactive with an exciting ball ramp toy.
Ideal Cycle and Yookidoo Crawl ’n Go Snail, R499.95
The snail rolls along, plays music and spins his shell. Remove the shell for a fun stacking toy.
Fisher Price Thomas & Friends Thomas Suds ’n Squirts, R329.95
This playset makes bath time fun. Pour water behind Thomas and his eyes and mouth move.
Winfun Wriggle ’n Giggle Caterpillar, R459.95
This infrared remote controlled caterpillar set has a cute apple controller, fun sounds, cheerful melodies and a flashing bow tie.
Little Tikes Rainmaker, R199.95
Babies turn the Rainmaker upside down and watch the colourful beads twist and tumble their way down. It’s easy to hold, stimulating and so much fun.
LeapFrog Scout’s Goodnight Light, R499.95
This two-in-one nightlight and torch projects planets onto the wall. Babies ease into peaceful sleep with a starry sky and soft music, which can be set to a timer.
Hape Pound and Tap Bench, R499.95
This toy promotes dexterity, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The set introduces logic, matching, spatial relationships, critical thinking and an understanding of cause and effect, encouraging problem-solving abilities. It’s perfect for little ones who are 12 months and older.
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