Now that your baby is mobile, crawling and walking, life is such an adventure.
Entertain him with our pick of the best toys for toddlers:
Having a Ball Let’s Get Rollin’ Activity Table (Bright Starts)
Available at ToyZone, Makro, Hamleys and other independent toy stores for R699
This jungle-themed activity table is great value for money. It’s loaded with activities to keep little hands busy while offering your standing baby support. A fun ball drop ramp offers an element of surprise that will have your little one wanting to play over and over again. There’s lights and music, shape and colour activities, piano keys and a book. Plus, there’s volume control for parental sanity.
Spin & Sort Pro (Yookidoo)
Available at Baby City and other large retailers for R499
Children love pouring water and playing with hosepipes. This high-quality bath toy has a battery-operated bath spout that easily attaches to the side of the bath and draws an endless stream of water from the tub.
The three interchangeable, brightly coloured bath cups work with the spout to create different water effects for spraying, straining, and floating fun.
Pop Up Teddy Bath Buddy (Hape)
Available at Toy Kingdom for R199
This is a wonderful shower or bath buddy for your little one. As the water level in the bath buddy rises, the teddy appears. Hold the Teddy Bath Buddy up in the air and the water will spray out of the bottom while the teddy disappears again.This little hide-and-seek teddy can also be used to make the hair-washing routine more fun.
Pyramid of Play (Hape)
Available at Toy Kingdom for R399
This is one of those perfect educational toys that covers all aspects of early learning. There are five wooden cubes, each depicting letters, numbers, pictures, shapes, and colours. Nest the cubes inside each other or stack them on top of each other to build a tower. Post the five shapes into the correct openings on the sides of each wooden block, count the objects on the side of the block, and identify the colours and shapes. There’s so much learning in this one high-quality toy that it will be useful for many years.
Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle (Melissa & Doug)
R180, visit atoyforyou.co.za for stockists
Sound puzzles are a source of fascination for young children. Lift a piece and hear a sound. In this case, it is a verse from the most infamous preschool song in history, “The Wheels on the Bus”. There are six pieces in this peg puzzle that will also get little hands working that fine-motor control. The six different pictures that are revealed underneath show what is happening on the bus from the wipers going swish, swish to the horn going beep, beep. Combine your child’s fine-motor development with their auditory memory.
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