The holiday season is quickly approaching! A reader recently asked me to post our favorite toddler toys/gift ideas. So here are Our Favorite Things (WATCH OUT OPRAH!).
We have all of these items and they have been on our list of favorites for awhile. I have not been compensated in any way by any of these companies!
Top 5 Favorites
Scatterpillar Scramble – We just got this and love it! You are supposed to use tongs to place the balls on the caterpillars hands while he is dancing. Honestly, I have a hard time doing it. So we put all the balls on and then turn the caterpillar on to dance to celebrate when we are done. We also use the tongs for other activities.
Aqua Doodle Wall Mat – I love that this is on the wall and available at all times. They also sell mats that go on the floor but having a vertical surface encourages proper position of the wrist while learning to write. Sometimes we use paint brushes and a cup of water on this. We also own some travel Aquadoodle coloring pages (found them at Big Lots) that we have used a ton! **Just looked online for the Wall Mat to get for a friend’s bday and it is out of stock. Looks like they might be replacing it with the Wall Runner**
Play Food – We bought an inexpensive set at Target last year at Christmas time ($10). Although play food ends up all over the house, it really has encouraged B to use his imagination. He has picnics, plays store, and cooks in his kitchen.
Melissa and Doug Magnetic Letters – There are SO many activities that can be done with these. The quality makes them my favorite. Uppercase and lowercase come in the set.
Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD – This video is my hero. I could go on and on about it but just click here to read a previous post about it.
Easel – The IKEA easel was a good value and B really enjoys using dry erase markers and chalk. I wish it was magnetic though!
Doctor Kit – This also encourages a lot of pretend play and also help ease B’s mind about what to expect at the doctor.
Play Tunnel – When B was younger he just crawled through over and over again but now it is used for hiding, pretend play, and building forts.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Leapfrog Word Wammer
Do you have a toy or learning activity that has become a favorite in your home? We would love to hear about it!