Your child is starting to play with a purpose, moving into a more constructive phase of putting things together rather than knocking them down.
He’ll love playing with these toys:
Latches Barn (Melissa & Doug)
R660, visit atoyforyou.co.za for stockists
Children can undo the six different latches and open the barn doors to see what’s inside. This beautifully painted wooden barn is home to four animals; a cow, pig, goat and horse. This problem-solving activity doubles as fantasy play.
London Bus Leo Shape Sorter (WOW Toys)
R325, available at Toy Adventures and Toy Zone and takealot.com
Sort the six shapes into the shape sorter by shape and colour, and then use the driver’s hand to push the WOW magic button to open the tailgate to retrieve them. This toy is lovely for reinforcing shape and colour concepts as well as problem-solving skills.
Adventure Park Play Set (OBall)
R549, available at ToyZone, Toy Kingdom and select independent stores
This is a colourful, sturdy and chunky first train set that has added features such as the lever on the bridge that enables the train to change direction – no batteries required! You will need to build the track for your child at first, but she will learn to do it by herself. This is a great problem-solving activity for your learning tot.
Fridge Numbers (Leap Frog)
R499, available at Toy Kingdom, Hamleys, selected Baby City stores and takealot.com
The kitchen is a great place for learning. Leap Frog’s magnetic fridge numbers will be used by everyone who passes by. It features 20 interactive number and food tiles and an electronic tile reader. Place the matching food tile in Scout’s picnic basket to hear him explain what has happened – “Great! One banana. I have one banana in my picnic basket.” This game helps teach numbers, counting, colours and matching as well as fine-motor skills through cause and effect.
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