We aren’t toying around, these knick knacks help your baby develop their brain, fine motor skills, and creativity.
Here’s What You Need To Know:
The best toys help boost development and increase brain power.
Toys that include pushing buttons for pop-ups or pulling strings for sounds, help your babe understand cause and effect.
Giving your little one an instrument to play builds fine and gross motor skills.
Puzzles help babies build spatial, problem-solving, and fine motor skills.
What Should They Be Playing With?
At the one year mark, your baby is something of a mini researcher, and all the world’s a colorful laboratory. Everything is up for exploration – especially their toys. Toys, new and old, are a great bridge in your baby’s path from sequences to programs. So what should you get then when the holidays approach? The best toys help boost development and increase brain power. Below are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling.
“Cause and Effect’Toys
Toys that include pushing buttons for pop-ups or pulling strings for sounds, help your babe understand how A follows B.
“Real World” Toys
Getting out in the real world and letting your baby see their favorite toys – whether that’s fire trucks, boats, horses, or cars – in action, and as one part of a greater process, is a wonderful way to help their discovery of a new world.
As headache inducing as they can be, giving your little one an instrument to play builds fine and gross motor skills. A five-year study by the University of Southern California showed that young children who played musical instruments had an increase in brain development.
Puzzles help babies build spatial, problem-solving, and fine motor skills. These skills are developed as your little one discovers the right spot and then places the piece.
However your babe is playing, let them play! There are dozens of ways to roll, drop, and arrange toy sets, and your baby is almost certain to try them all.
It’s important to encourage their new, expansive curiosity: studies have shown that one-year-olds touched a toy less after watching an adult display fear toward it.
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