The earliest years of a child’s life are the time of greatest brain development and opportunity. Children’s early experiences and environments build the foundation for future health, education, and life outcomes. So, when it comes to shopping for toys for your toddler, it’s hard to choose from the thousands of options out there. Sometimes it’s especially hard to invest in these when they’d rather just climb in the box that it was shipped in. However, the toys we choose to buy for our young children can make a difference in their early childhood development. Many toys have been designed to challenge a certain part of your child’s brain and can make a profound impact on them later in life.
Benefits of Educational Toys
- Innovative and creative thinking: When playing with educational toys, children can develop perception, intuition, and reasoning.
- Cognitive skills: Educational toys can help children connect to their thought processes and further develop their capabilities to think freely.
- Fine motor skills: Educational toys can help children develop their fine motor skills like using their hands and wrists to accomplish small tasks.
- Soft skills: Through educational toys, children develop soft skills such as appropriate social interaction. This includes social values, language skills, and emotional development.
Here are some of our favorite toys for early childhood development.
MagBuilders are designed to teach children STEM skills: building, geometry, mathematics, and creativity. Children can acquire a strong sense of color, geometrical shapes including 3D forms, numbers counts, magnetic polarities & architectural design at an early age.
The Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game is a creative way to encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor development. It’s challenging enough to keep kids three and older entertained, yet easy enough to promote confidence and self-esteem. There are lots of ways to learn about counting, colors, numbers, and the concept of big and small.
The VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube has 5 sides that encourage exploration; 4 light-up buttons introduce animal names, animal sounds, and shapes. This Pre-k learning toy has 14 interactive features that develop motor skills; music cube assists babies with sitting up to play. The motion sensor activates fun sounds when the activity cube is moved to attract attention and encourage crawling. The early learning center has 25 playful songs and melodies that keep toddlers 6 months to 3-year-olds engaged and entertained.
The Alex Jr. Sort & Count baby toy helps develop spatial awareness while teaching your baby about colors, shapes, and basic counting. The colorful design encourages imaginative play and the wooden blocks are safe for chewing on. Recommended for babies 10 months and up.
Take your tiny one on an adventure around the world without even leaving the house with the Baby Einstein™ World Explorer Music Sensory Globe. This interactive globe is right up there with the best educational toys for babies. It plays music and lights up to delight baby’s senses. Recommended for babies 6 months old to toddlers up to 3 years old.
We know that you want the very best for your own kids, but what about children in vulnerable communities?
Early childhood development for children who live in poverty can actually be life-changing. According to the World Health Organization, development in early childhood is the basis of human development and is key to success in a child long-term. Imagine the impact you can make on a child and family with something as special as a toy.
Early childhood development toys are now a part of the Food for the Hungry Gift Catalog! Your gift will improve sensory, motor, psychosocial, cognitive, and language systems of children in early childhood (up to 4 years old). This gift will help children live out their God-given potential.