No matter what age, your little ones are achieving developmental milestones. Whether you have a newborn or a toddler approaching kindergarten, it’s never too early or too late to foster their growing array of skills. At Manhattan Toy, we are all about learning through play! That’s why we have picked out a few age-appropriate toy suggestions to support your child’s cognitive, social/emotional and motor development through play.
Toys that Support Newborn Development
From the moment they enter the world, newborns begin to learn and develop in their new surroundings. Whether it’s opening their eyes, to find the world is rather blurry or putting EVERYTHING into their mouths to discover new things, they’re constantly learning. Here are a few great toys to support newborn development:
Wimmer-Ferguson Nursery Novel – great for visual and cognitive stimulation with touch and feel textures. The high-contrast graphics are easy for baby to see, capturing their attention and encouraging them to focus.
Winkel – excellent grasping/rattle toy for little hands - building motor function while soothing teething babes' sore gums (can be refrigerated for cooling relief).
Snuggle Pods – soft snuggle doll promotes self-soothing, while providing a comforting companion for nap time or on the go.
Soft Books – promote elementary reading skills while fostering color, word and animal recognition
Wimmer-Ferguson Nursery Novel / Winkel / What's Outside? Sky / Snuggle Pods Lil' Peanut
Toys that Support Development for the One - Two Year Old
By 12 months of age, many children have already achieved so many developmental milestones – rolling over, crawling or even saying their first words. But, it’s just the start of what’s still to come.
Here are a few great toys that are great for budding toddlers:
Tree Top Adventure – great for little ones looking to pull, slide and spin gears and beads as they foster motor skills and experience cause and effect
Musical Tiger – perfect musical toy for the budding musician. Fine and gross motor skills are put to the test with all the banging, drumming, shaking and rattling.
Baby Stella – the must-have first doll for your child. This soft-bodied doll is great for role play, teaching empathy and supporting nurturing play.
My Pal Elly – a sorting bead run and rolling pull toy all in one! Sorting colors and shapes supports cognitive development, while allowing little ones to hone their motor skills. Plus, beginning walkers will enjoy standing and pulling this little elephant along.
Tree Top Adventure / My Pal Elly / Baby Stella Beige / Musical Tiger
Toys that Support Toddler Development (Three +)
As little sponges, toddlers are eager learn. Discovering new territory and experiencing new things is what it’s all about. From embarking on adventures, like rummaging through an open cabinet or drawer, asking questions you’re rarely prepared for to getting their hands on anything within reach! Preparing your naive little people for preschool and social situations are not always easy, but here are some helpful toys to the rescue!
Toys for your preschool age littles:
STEM Blox – perfect for toddlers learning letter and number recognition, basic math and grammar skills. Plus, stacking & sorting supports both motor and cognitive development.
Zoo Mountain – a great toy for experiencing imaginative play while encouraging social interaction between characters. Plus, with seven common zoo animals included in the set, practicing animal recognition and sounds is a bonus learning opportunity!
Lemon The Bear soft books – three soft books tell the stories of Lemon the Bear's adventures in camping, cooking and gardening while also teaching about animals, numbers and the outdoors.
MiO School Bus + 2 People – for toddlers approaching preschool or kindergarten, this wooden school bus is a great tool to prepare them for their first ride on the school bus. Kids can role play with the MiO People to prepare them mentally and emotionally for their first bus experiences.
MiO School Bus + 2 People / STEM Blox / Zoo Mountain / Lemon The Bear + Kitty
These are just a few ways toys can be used as learning tools. The best part? Play is fun, so learning through play keeps even the youngest of learners engaged! Find these and other great toys for fostering your child’s development.