There are so many toys available to buy these days, and it can be hard to find the right one for you child. You want them to love it and actually play with it, and not only that, you want them to get some benefit out of it. I found this article online and it was a wealth of information. A speech pathologist is the author, and I loved her insights. My biggest take away was that if the toy encourages basic concepts like stacking or opening and closing, develops relationships, helps with social skills and can help them to follow directions are the best. The article is a four-parter but you should give it a read when you have time. We've linked to a few of the toys that are best for children's development below.
1. Wooden Blocks - These are great for teaching fine motor skills for young children, and numbers and letters for older children. Highly recommend these.
2. Mr. Potato Head - Who doesn't love Mr. Potato Head? He's a great way to teach children about different parts of the face, while also teaching facial recognition.
3. Magni-Doodle - Lydia loves to doodle, and we have a Frozen version of this for her. It's one of her favorite toys, and it's great for us because it doesn't get everywhere.
4. Cozy Coupe- The Cozy Coupe is a childhood favorite and our kid loves hers. It teaches basics about cars, locomotion, and helps them learn motor skills like pushing, opening and closing doors, etc.