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    Tikiri Baby Parasaurolophus Natural Rubber Toy


    Para the Baby Parasaurolophus rubber toy from the My First Dino Collection is beautifully decorated and is perfect for toddlers, both as a toy and as a teether.  Age Recommendation: 12+...

    Tikiri Baby Stegosaurus Natural Rubber Toy


    Stego the Baby Stegosaurus rubber toy from the My First Dino Collection is beautifully decorated and is perfect for toddlers, both as a toy and as a teether.  Age Recommendation:...

    Sophie la Giraffe Bath Sophie Yellow


    The Sophie Bath Toy by Calisson from the Sophie La Girafa is the perfect addition to the tub to make bath time fun! Floats When squeezed, the Sophie bath toy...

    Maileg Beach Umbrella Toy


    Everyone needs some time in the shade on a sunny day on the beach. This small yellow striped beach umbrella is made of fabric and the center is made of...

    Maileg Big Sister Beach Mice in Cabin de Plage


    Big Sister Mouse is ready to swim! Matches her 2 piece swimsuit is a visor and a pair of fins. Her cozy cabin is also always ready when it's time to rest. ...

    Candylab Candycar B Nana Toy Car


    Our most appealing Candycar yet, meet B.Nana! This cute Banana colored Candycar will have you craving some Banana Bread, a Banana Split maybe even Banana pudding?   Materials: Solid Beech Wood,...

    Candylab Candycar Taxi Toy Car


    Part of the Candylab new Candycar line, a cute 3 inches long. One of two of our racers, who said speed comes with size? Materials: Solid Beech Wood, water-based paint, and...

    Guidecraft Discovery Shapes


    Discovery Shapes are an ideal way to help children exercise fine motor skills and promote colorful, fun-filled sensory exploration. These translucent, acrylic shapes and matching bases in 4 bright colors...

    Candylab Everglades Mule Toy Car


    Crikey! The Everglades are full of some pretty wild crocs and alligators, you’re going to need a tough little truck to get through it. This bright Yellow-Green Mule is ready for the...

    Scoot and Ride Highwaykick 1 Convertible Scooter Lemon


    Scoot & Ride HighwayKick 1 is a 2-in-1 kickboard that provides a seat for its littlest riders. When your child is ready, the seat easily folds into the handlebar converting...

    Kiko+ & gg* Hikoki Mini Jet Yellow


    Small but mighty, the mini jet has the same friction functionality as the original version - but in a littler, more portable size. Pull them back and watch them ZOOM!Perfect for little...

    Kiko+ & gg* Kaleidoscope Play Camera Yellow


    Let the little ones play photographer with the little kiko+ wooden camera. Turn the lens for a magical kaleidoscope surprise!  Material: beech wood, colour lens (acrylic, removable), two denim straps...

    Play is essential for children because it contributes to their intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. When children play, they exercise their creativity, develop their imagination, master their dexterity, improve their cognitive ability and build physical strength. Experts agree that the best kinds of play allow kids to set their own goals, negotiate challenges, develop and share ideas, and make their own rules. 

    But how can we make sure our kids are getting enough healthy, unstructured play time when they’re growing up in an overscheduled and stressful environment, when parents are overly focused on producing high academic achievers, and safety concerns prevent us from letting our kids roam around freely and unsupervised? Perhaps the best thing we can do for our kids is to make sure they have the right kinds of toys at home to make play time most rewarding.

    First and foremost is safety. Safe toys for young children are sturdy, without sharp parts or splinters, free of pinching hazards, and easy to clean. If the toy will be used by an infant, it’s important that parts aren’t small enough to become a choking hazard.

    Toys must be made from non-toxic materials and coated with lead-free paints. You should steer clear of antique toys, second-hand toys and homemade toys that have not been tested and approved by a certified testing lab, or may have been produced before the current regulations governing toy manufacturing were in effect.

    In addition to being safe, a good toy will match the child’s appropriate stage of development and abilities.

    The best baby activity toys for infants between 0-6 months are things they can reach, grasp, suck on, shake, and make noise with. Some age-appropriate toys for little babies are squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and board books.

    Infants between 6-12 months are starting to crawl, sit up and pull themselves to a standing position. They are capable putting things in and out of containers and placing objects on top of each other. Some of the best baby activity toys for this age group are dolls, vehicles with wheels, bath toys, large beads, nesting toys, large soft blocks, wooden blocks, and push & pull toys.

    As your child continues to grow, look for toys that will encourage them to explore, create, pretend, imagine, and learn from trial and error.

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