A good toy isn’t necessarily a great toy.
A good toy is one that can help children develop and grow.
A good toy is something that’s fun to play with, but works well with the child’s abilities – it teaches them through play, rather than just sitting there and being there.
So, while you may think a robot or a ball will be perfect for your little ones, you need to keep in mind that they’re going to have their own way of playing with them and their own personal preferences.
That means you’re going to have to look at the ‘big building blocks‘ that set these toys apart from each other and make them all more fun – so they won’t just become one-trick ponies: Little ones love science experiments but they also want animals, robots, cars, and spaceships too! They need big building blocks which are educational without being boring. They want toys that make the world around them come alive without becoming overwhelming or distracting.
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Finding the Right Toy for Your Child
The Gigi Bloks toy line is a great example of a product that combines all the tools that I talked about in this post: quality, entertainment, and education. It’s the perfect starter toy for many toddlers — one that lets them explore their world without getting frustrated. But like all great toys, it’s not perfect; there are some pretty tough issues to address.
I don’t have children of my own, but I have worked with parents who are raising kids with gigi bloks for over a decade now. I know the importance of making sure their child has adequate stimulation and enrichment when they are young, so one of the most important things in our gigi bloks education is making sure your child has enough to do — at home or out — so they can play on their own. This is especially true of older kids whose brains start to slow down after they reach school age, so we want to make sure they get plenty of opportunities to be creative and entertain themselves.
Another important thing is making sure your child has enough space. There aren’t actually any bloks (which means no sets) per se; you need at least two feet of space around each row, even if you only use them in one room. That said, there are some other toys that work well with gigi bloks too: ball = checking out the world outside = more space = more fun = better skills The best way to do this is to use ball pit accessories like inflatable bouncers and balls as well as other interactive toys like rope slides and wobbly logs.
You may also want to consider buying durable storage pieces for when you aren’t using them as play pieces (I have really loved these storage cubes from Bitty ). They make storage easier and cheaper than wrapping things up in bags or reusable containers.
One last thing about storage: don’t forget about storage! As much as it may feel like something your kid will never lose once he’s in his room… he isn’t going anywhere yet! If your child loses a gigi block somewhere along the way, it could take not just weeks or months but possibly years before you find it again… maybe even decades if you’re lucky (and we aren’t looking forward to that).
Benefits of Toddler Learning Toys
It’s a common misconception that the best toys for toddlers are those that can be used by older children and thus don’t require any explanation or understanding. This is a mistake.
If you are serious about toddler learning toys, you need to understand the big building blocks of learning. You need to engage your toddler in a way that he can continue to do well long after he stops playing with the toy. Learning doesn’t stop once he stops playing — it continues through development. If you can make this connection between play and learning, you will be better able to design toys for your toddler that will keep him engaged for longer and enjoy playing with them for longer too.
The two main building blocks of toddler learning are immersing the child in his environment and activating his mind by challenging it with new concepts, ideas, and experiences. Immersing your child in his environment means exposing him to lots of variety while encouraging him to explore and discover new things around him (in this case his environment). Immersion also means giving him lots of information he can work through (in this case the information he is exposed to) so that he doesn’t get bored easily, but rather remains interested in what comes next. A great way to accomplish this is through sensory play:
Sensory play is when you let your toddler explore what’s going on around him using touch, sound, smell, taste, etc… When sensory play develops an understanding of what is happening around them (for example as they look at their hands), they become much more independent thinkers who have greater skills at problem-solving (more so than other kids). They will also become more comfortable asking questions that require exploring different possibilities without being spoon-fed by adults (so they will mature faster than most other kids).
In summary: if you want your child to learn fast and enjoy doing so, don’t limit yourself to just one type of toy; instead, take a few pieces of them into consideration so that they can all function well together as part of a large puzzle. The best ones for toddlers tend to be engaging small parts which require thought or exploration rather than large puzzles which just look cool but which aren’t actually designed with toddlers in mind or which end up being problematic from an engineering perspective because they might not be safe or intuitive enough (for example phones should not be put into mouths; toys shouldn’t be put into bedrooms; etc.).
Helping Your Child Learn with a Toy
The toy industry has been dominated by one company — Hasbro — for decades. It recently announced a new licensing deal with Fisher-Price, a toy company that is primarily known for its educational toys. The deal is an attempt to expand the doll and game market, and there’s no doubt that it will help their business.
But there are other brands out there that have been making toys for children for decades, and they’re just as important to children’s development as Hasbro’s products are to adults. The reason they get lost in the shuffle is that they aren’t mainstream enough. They don’t have the consumer brand recognition or the name recognition of well-known brands like Barbie or Legos. Instead, they’ve often considered niche toys in the sense that few people will actually be able to afford them on a regular basis or even see them in stores unless they are part of a family that owns several other toys (this also means many people won’t know about them).
This makes it much harder for parents to tell their kids about these toys because so few people own any of these brands, let alone play with them regularly. It also means lots of parents are shopping around for toys from multiple companies in order to find something interesting and unique that can be used across multiple products (and thus shareable) throughout their child’s lifetime.
The good news is: you can help your child learn with a toy without spending much money at all! Here are some ideas:
• Find something really simple: This one is pretty obvious but worth repeating: if you don’t spend money on things you think your child would enjoy playing with on a regular basis, then you’ll never really find something fun or engaging in their world (even if they do manage to buy it). In addition, finding things that aren’t expensive doesn’t have to be hard; there are tons of fun things out there if you just look around!
• Just buy one! The best way I’ve found myself teaching my kids about the world of Lego bricks is by giving them one brick each month and letting them build whatever story comes up (or asking them questions about what it might say about someone’s personality… I’m still working through this aspect). It’s kind of weird at first but once you start giving your kids pieces from different sets and letting them create stories based on those sets’ themes, it gets easier every month. Just buy one set/block each
Where to Find Fun, Educational, and Low-Cost Toys
After you have found a toy that appeals to your child, the next step is to find some toys to go with it. Toys go from cool, fun, and educational to just cool and fun.
To find toys that are both educational and fun for your child, try looking for big building blocks sets:
• The blocks themselves are big enough for a child to play with so learning will occur in the process of playing with them
• They offer multiple ways of playing with them so the ways you can play with them are varied enough that your child will have fun with them too
• They can be safely played with by an adult or by a small child (so they can be used as gifts)
If you can find sets like these, use them as your building blocks; if you cannot, then look for other sets that appeal to you.
In this post, I will attempt to answer a question that many parents have — namely the following: what toys do your children play with? And how do you pick them out?
I think the two questions are closely related and they’re both worthwhile. In fact, in my opinion, they’re so closely related that they are probably one and the same question.
The first question is how to pick toys for your child. The second is how do you pick toys yourself?
The first question is something that should be answered by you as a parent. You need to know what kind of toy your child likes and doesn’t like; you need to know what will inspire your child to want a particular toy and discourage another — or help turn off some children who don’t care for it.
You can read more about this in my previous posts: “When Are You Too Early To Tell Your Kids That “It’s Just A Toy”?”, “When Is It OK To Let The Parent Know?” and “What Are The Alternatives To Teaching Your Child About Toys?”.
The second question also involves picking toys for yourself, but it’s more complicated than simply selecting a favorite from a large selection of options. You want to pick out toys that inspire positive associations with play or educational activities — not just any old toy your child may or may not like (which could lead to over-stimulation and other developmental problems). In order to accomplish this task, it helps if you understand why the toy in question has been loved by other people who have played with it and why it has been singled out as special or unique among its peers. This is often easier said than done, but I offer some tips below on how to approach this process:
Don’t be afraid of being too specific when describing the kinds of things you like about a particular toy. If you can describe exactly why something appeals to you in great detail, why would anyone else bother looking at other similar products? Keep in mind that most kids don’t care about details — they enjoy new things whether those things are pretty designs or cool sounds — so all that matters here is what appeals to them personally at the time.