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Introduction

According to leading paediatricians and psychologists, toddlers are more open to learning through play. By allowing children to choose their own toys, they develop and improve their new skills at their own speed. Depending on what toys, table games and sports equipment your child has, their development rate can vary. Other factors that determine their rate of development includes the environment that they are growing in and how often they interact with animals, their peers and society in general.

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For most parents, shopping for a toddler might seem like a simple task. However, that feeling vanishes as soon as you walk into a kid’s toy store. You are instantly bombarded by so many options that it is understandable why parents get so confused as to what their toddler will like. The huge arrays of toys, activities and books can overwhelm anybody, especially when one starts thinking about what toys will benefit the toddler and which ones will last the longest.

But, the most important question is what toy will keep their interest more than a few days or weeks? Therefore, we have compiled a list of toys for toddlers that will engage their interests and grow with them as well as challenge their mind and nurture their already learned skills and habits.

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VTech Smart Shots Sports...
Electronic Pet Dog Harry -...
Yeonha Toys Pull Back...
3 Wheel Chopper Trike...
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VTech Smart Shots Sports...
Improves Motor Skills:
Yes
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Yes
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Electronic Pet Dog Harry -...
Improves Motor Skills:
No
Interactive Play:
Yes
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Our #1 Choice
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Yeonha Toys Pull Back...
Improves Motor Skills:
Yes
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No
Batteries:
Yes
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3 Wheel Chopper Trike...
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No
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SGILE Magnetic Drawing Board...
Galt Nursery Trampoline,...
Step2 McLaren 570S Push Sports...
VTech Touch and Learn Activity...
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SGILE Magnetic Drawing Board...
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Galt Nursery Trampoline,...
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Step2 McLaren 570S Push Sports...
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No
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VTech Touch and Learn Activity...
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No
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Yes
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Top Picks and Why – Full Review

1. V Tech Smart Shots Sports Center

V Tech has designed a 2-in-1 best kid’s interactive toy that every toddler will enjoy as it features a basketball hoop that parents can use to teach their toddlers the basis of a basketball game. The baskets are counted through the animated LED scoreboard that will surely add excitement and fun into the game. Plus, the LED screen can play out animations, simple phrases, songs, tunes, and words. The scoreboard can be reset with the help of a purple side lever.

 

Moreover, all buttons on this V Tech toy for toddlers are designed in various shape forms so as to enable toddlers to memorize them through fun play. Such activities help build and improve toddlers motor skills.

What We Liked
  • Great toy for toddlers to improve their motor skills
  • Has over 50 different nursery songs and rhymes
  • Fun, animated LED screen that shows scores, phrases and simple words
  • Features basketball and football nets
What We Didn't Like
  • Requires 4 AA batteries
  • Very short in height, suitable only for toddlers up to 4 years
  • Soccer sensors don’t work properly
  • Motion sensors don’t work properly either
  • Hardware not included

2. Electronic Pet Dog Interactive Puppy

Harry, an electronic puppy dog is over 7 inches long and 6 inches in height and is able to walk, bark and make other sounds at the press of a bottom. It works on 3 AAA batteries that are included in the packaging and have been reported to last for at least several months. The puppy is a Dalmatian breed that has over 10 sensors that respond to touch, movement, sounds and other factors.

Your toddler can use the puppy to play, for example, run and chase or walk the puppy with the Bump n’ Go movement technology. The head of the puppy contains a sensor that responds to touch by singing and performing simple dance moves. When the puppy is first opened it introduces itself by saying its name and asking your toddler whether it wants to play.

What We Liked
  • Great interactive toy for toddlers
  • The puppy is very sturdy and does not fall over when running or dancing
  • If it is picked by the tail, it lets out a cry which teaches children the proper handling tactics
  • Gift packaging is available
What We Didn't Like
  • Battery operated
  • This toy is not water-proof
  • Some toddlers find it boring

3. Lil Rider 3 Wheel Chopper Battery Powered Trike Motorcycle

A 3 wheel trike motorcycle can be a great gift for a toddler boy who likes cars and motorbikes. It is battery operated and the clear assembly instructions make it easy to put together for a smooth and comfortable ride. The battery can be easily recharged from an electric socket and then connected again to the motorbike. Plus, the bike comes with very realistic details such as pedals, side mirrors, seats, and headlights.

 

Moreover, some details are designed in chrome decals that your toddler boy will surely appreciate. Furthermore, the motorbike has a reverse gear and lifelike car sound effects. The same goes for headlights and onboard music. It works great on flat surfaces such as tiles, laminate or hardwood. It works on cement and pavements too.

This motorbike has been tested for harmful chemicals such as phthalates, BPA, as well as polymers and has been certified to be 100% free from them.

What We Liked
  • Free from harmful chemicals
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Realistic car detals such as headlights, side mirrors and doors
  • Can be driven in reverse
  • Supports up to 50 pounds of weight
What We Didn't Like
  • Lights and music player requires 2 AA batteries
  • Works only on flat surfaces and get stuck on the grass and especially sand
  • Some chargers are defective
  • Made in China
  • Toy is not suitable for tall toddlers

4. SGile Magnetic Board Without Harmful Magnetic Particles

A very colourful and large magnetic board that displays 4 vibrant colours in 8 different colour zones, this helps to create fun and interesting drawings. Plus, it helps encourage your toddler’s imagination and creative talents. Its rounded shape prevents your toddler from accidentally getting injured and its lightweight construction makes it easy to carry around. Also, the bright colours will spark an interest in your child to continue growing and coming up with new ideas for more drawings.

Parents have reported that this magnetic board has helped them learn more about their toddlers, their area of interests and level of creativity with imagination. The SGile magnetic board is made from safe, toxic-free materials and has been ASTM certified. Children’s psychologists often recommend this magnetic board as means for toddlers to express themselves and their emotions.

Moreover, it features a sliding eraser that allows toddlers to quickly erase unwanted drawings and can be carried with you to appointments or business meeting to occupy them while you are busy. Furthermore, it helps avoid unnecessary costs of buying different stationery such as paper, pencils, pens, paints and erasers. It also helps avoid stubborn oil or pastel paint stains that can be a nightmare to get rid of regardless of what washing detergent you use. In addition, children risk poisoning if they swallow the paints and ink.

What We Liked
  • Rounded design prevents toddlers from getting injured
  • Eliminates the need to buy pens, drawing paper and paints
  • Made from safe materials only
  • Encourages your toddler to express themselves through drawing
  • Comes with several stamps that can be used to create various designs
What We Didn't Like
  • The plastic felt flimsy to many parents
  • Colours fade too quickly
  • The whole board darkens after a few weeks

5. Yeonha Toys Assorted Construction Trucks

Yeonha Toys have designed a beautiful pack of assorted construction trucks that are made from a safe material. Your toddler can play by himself or you could pack the trucks with him to daycare to share with his other toddler mates. The pack contains 6 different racing cars in addition to 6 varying construction trucks that are designed with great detail.

Your child can use these trucks to enhance grammar, vocabulary and other language skills through the imaginative play. Moreover, the trucks help improve small motor skills and encourage active play amongst young peers. The cars are easily set in motion when your toddler pulls back the car and then releases it to run across the floor of the playing room. Plus, their small size makes them perfect to be used for small party favours or to be gifted for small occasions.

What We Liked
  • Made from safe materials
  • Encourages active play
  • Encourages sharing with peers
  • Cars and trucks are designed with great detail
  • Pack contains 12 cars
What We Didn't Like
  • Pretty small in size
  • Wheels have been reported to come off quickly
  • The cars are easily deformed

6. Galt America Nursery Trampoline

An award-winning kids trampoline that easily fits even in a small nursery room or outdoor garden. The trampoline is designed with a tubular metal frame that covered in soft padding and has easy hand grips your toddler can use to balance himself when using it.

The feet area is covered in rough rubber that prevents your child from slipping and its compact size enables easy storage. Plus, the trampoline legs are detachable and can be stored in the carrying case that comes with the packaging. Moreover, the Gulp Nursery Trampoline has a detailed instruction brochure that enables easy assembly even by a single individual. The trampoline helps toddlers build their muscle mass, improve coordination with balance and increase their overall confidence. However, the trampoline is only suitable for toddlers that weigh less than 45 pounds.

What We Liked
  • Certified Nursery Trampoline
  • Tubular steel frame
  • Sturdy hand grips and anti-slip feet padding
  • Improves coordination and balance
  • Helps build muscle mass in toddlers that frequently use it to jump
  • Compact size
  • UK made
What We Didn't Like
  • Seams have been reported to rip after some time
  • We found it not suitable for children that weigh more than 45 pounds
  • Available in one colour only
  • Tent material can become mouldy under the rain

7. Step2 McLaren 570 S Push Car

The manufacturer has designed this car to look as realistic as possible, the model resembles the famous McLaren 570S sports car and your toddler is destined to love it. It comes with a responsive and interactive steering wheel that will allow your little one to improve his small motor skills by turning the wheel.

 

The lifelike pedal allows your toddler to not just push the pedal to the metal but to rev the engine to the full with electronic sounds. Plus, the wheel glides almost silently thanks to high-quality plastic that was used to make them. Moreover, you can take this push car with you to malls, shops and parks. It folds in half and can be packed compactly into a mesh carrying case that is included in the packaging.

Furthermore, this posh pushing cart features two cup holders and an adult push handle with a swivel cup holder for the parents. Also, the seat doubles as a storage compartment for toys and other small items that your toddler likes to carry around with him. For safety, the manufacturer has installed safety belts that will keep your little bundle of joy safe in his seat.

What We Liked
  • A lifelike design resembling infamous McLaren 570S car model
  • Folds in half to a compact size easily
  • Interactive steering wheel improves small motor skills
  • When a pedal is pushed, the engine makes a roaring sound
  • Features cup holders for the parents and the toddler
What We Didn't Like
  • The steering wheel does not actually turn the wheels
  • Can be difficult to correctly assemble
  • Hardware is not included
  • The body of the pushcart does not have holes
  • People complained that parts were missing from the packaging box

Final Thoughts

A majority of toddler toys are meant to be played with alone. However, some toddler toys are designed with adult participation in mind. As a child approaches three years old, you could start introducing simple board games that encourage them to use their memory, reading skills or logical thinking. Some parents suggest to create a family evening of fun, a day when all the family members play and have fun together.

Plus, board games encourage matching, listening, remembering and following the rules. All of these skills are highly required in their near future. These games also nurture family bonding, sharing, and speaking their mind using simple relationship-building skills. Another important skill that parents must teach their children regardless of their age is to be gracious winners and take losing with a smile.

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Tips for Choosing Toys for Toddlers

Toddler’s main agenda when it comes to toys is to take them apart, inspect every detail and then put it back together again- if possible. Some good advice is to choose toys that are “open” in a sense that they can be used in a number of ways and in different settings. For instance, plastic or wooden blocks can be used to build roads, buildings, and so much more. These toys are known to spark an interest in your child and will encourage them to use their imagination. Plus, they help kick in problem-solving thinking and other logical skills. Pool toys accomplish the same effect.

Spatial relation skills are developed when hand-eye coordination is used and when small motor skills are practiced. Gift your toddler toys that he can use in imaginative play as that will help him develop his language and literacy skills when he acts something out or voices out a story. Throw in some books, CDs and basic stationery such as pencils, paper and crayons to encourage writing and reading skills. Provide some old journals, menus, catalogues, or newspapers for them to familiarize themselves with letters, print and text.

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Look For Toys That Will Encourage Active Play

By the age of 3, toddlers become much more familiar with their own bodies and they have much better control over their legs, hands and general movements. Your job as a parent would be to provide a safe environment for them to run, jump and play. Plus, look for toys that help them practice physical skills and possibly even learn new ones. For example, you can gift them trike motorbikes, different balls such as basketball or soccer ball and scooters or pull toys.

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