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If you find yourself asking, "What age-appropriate toys should I get my preschool-aged child this holiday season that will foster their development and be educational for them?" Then you have come to the right place!
Many toys make annoying sounds, take up space, and worst of all, don't encourage the child to play but rather are designed to entertain them. However, the right toys can help aid a child's cognitive development in multiple ways.
Why have toys such as rattles, blocks, and dolls stood the test of time? As technology advances, you would think old toys like these would be tossed aside for shinier and brighter items. Yet, most babies today own these items. It is because these simple toys encourage problem-solving, imagination, creativity, and sensory exploration.
I am a former preschool teacher with an education in Early Childhood Development and now homeschool my preschool-aged children. Here is a list of toys I purchase for my children and for anyone in my life who has a baby or young child.
Infants to 6 months
7 months to 1 year
1 to 2 years
2 to 3 years
3 to 6 years
When it comes to toys and children, less is more. Chances are they will have more fun playing with your car keys and trash than that fancy designer rattle.