Updated: Jan 29
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It all happens so fast. While it might feel like they just came home from the hospital before you know it, your child will have progressed out of infancy and into their toddler stage.
Once they reach preschool-age, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure their early childhood education is on track. But education doesn’t mean that you put an end to fun and games. In fact, you can enhance learning and fun by choosing the right toys for your little one.
Be sure to read to the bottom of this list to get input from Cynthia Hockman ARNP, MS, CPNP from Unity Point Health in Iowa. She’s an advanced certified nurse practitioner who specializes in developmental pediatrics.
Use the following guide to navigate your next toy shopping trip.
Great Educational Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers
We’ve broken these toys into the following categories.
Fine Motor Skills
Price Range: $12 to $30
Category: (Motor Skills)
You might remember this toy from when you were a kid—and it’s no coincidence that they’ve been around for so long.
Bead mazes encourage children to use their senses and employ their motor skills by touching the wooden beads, and it shows them how gravity works when moving them in a certain direction.
Since it doesn’t require batteries and can’t be taken apart, this is a durable and practical option for keeping your son or daughter entertained.
Price Range: $9 to $22
Category: (Problem Solving, Fine Motor Skills)
Any kind of toy that challenges your child to place and match are great choices. Sorting shapes teaches your child colors and patterns.
Shape sorters will keep your chi