All About Educational Infant Toys
Educational infant toys are geared towards developing manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Everything else builds on top of those two things.
Stacking is one of the first skills that children learn. For infants, there are soft stacking toys. They can knock the stack down and build it up again. Stacks may be used in toddler games as well. Because their manual dexterity is more developed, they can handle a more complex stack.
Sorting is another skill that children develop early in life. Very young children can learn to sort by shape and size. Color-sorting comes next, usually around the age of two or three. Older children learn to sort using letters and numbers.
Sounds are important parts of educational infant toys. Babies learn to respond to sound very early. When moving their hands and legs causes a sound, they may stop for a moment in surprise. As times goes by, the child learns how to make the sound. Once they have accomplished that feat, they may be ready for toddler games.
Building blocks are an always-popular toy for children of all ages. Babies have soft stacking and nesting blocks. Toddlers have smaller blocks that can be stacked higher. Older children have even more complex building blocks like the Lego brand. Lego building blocks sometimes become an adult hobby.
Puzzles are introduced at an early age. Although a baby may not be able to put the puzzle pieces in the right places, he or she will be interested in the fact that the pieces come apart and that they go back together. Eventually, the manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination improve to the point that more complex puzzles can be offered.
Small pieces are something that should not be present in toddler games. Parents should pay close attention to the “under age 3” label, because of the risk of choking. If you buy a toy that seems to have parts that may tear or break off, put it back in the box and return it to the store for safety’s sake.
Flash cards designed for teaching infants over the age of 8 months how to use sign language is a recent addition to the list of educational infant toys. Parents learn from the cards too according to online reviews. The cards can become toddler games as well, if the parent wants to continue to learn and teach sign language.
There are many other kinds of educational toys to choose from. It’s never too early to start teaching your child through play.
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