Good Toys For Young Children by Age and Stage (continued)

Toys for 2-year-olds (toddlers)

Toddlers quickly learn language and have some sense of danger. They do a lot of physical “testing”: climbing, hanging by their arms, rolling, jumping from heights, and rough-and-tumble play. They have good control of their hands and fingers and like to do things with small objects.

Good toys for 2-year-olds:

Wooden Building Blocks-Beginner Block Builder Set

Tongue Drum Beginner Instrument
Hobby Horse

Toys for 3- to 6-year-olds (preschoolers and kindergarteners) Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than toddlers. They typically ask a lot of questions and talk a lot. They are great experimenters (with various things) and with their still-emerging physical skills. They like to play with friends—and don’t like to lose! They can take turns—and sharing one toy by two or more children is often possible  for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Good toys for 3- to 6-year-olds: Similar to toddlers, but more advanced.

Wooden Building Blocks-Junior Block Builder Set

Original Flying Turtle

If a child has access to a computer, 1. choose programs that are interactive (the child can do something), not passive(the program does the action, and the child just watches) and 2. that children can understand (the software uses graphics and  spoken instruction, not just print), 3. children can control the software’s pace and path, and 4.children have opportunities to explore a variety of concepts on several  levels .

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