Which toys should I choose?
Our educational and Montesorri toys have been carefully selected by experts in education, and academic scholars to ensure that children foster the development of imagination and creativity through exploration. All our toys have descriptions that will help you decide on the most appropriate educational toy for that particular age group.
Generally, toddlers up to 1 year old just enjoy playing with things and making connections.
They enjoy touching and feeling objects with different textures. Their hand-eye connection is blossoming so ensure that toys and puzzles are easy to grab and manipulate. Children in the age group begin to differentiate between colours, so bright colours are important to help stimulate that growing mind.
- Brightly colored, multipatterned crib mobiles (Note: Remove from crib once your baby can sit up)
- Unbreakable mirrors
- Floor gyms
- Activity boards
- Soft, washable, colorful stuffed animals or dolls with a smiling face
- Small stuffed fabric balls
At around 1-2 years of age, children become naturally curious and begin developing new skills through exploration. Children have acquired new motor skills so will need toys that can challenge these skills, such as toys with a hammer or a button. They are too young to actually learn their ABCs, but they still enjoy interacting with these toys and being exposed to language.
- Stacking rings
- Nesting cups or boxes
- Push- or pull-toys that make noise or have pieces that pop up or move
- Hammering sets that let kids hammer pegs or balls through holes
- Simple, sturdy musical instruments like tambourines, drums, or maracas
- Shape sorters
- Large play vehicles, such as a school bus or a fire engine, plus plastic people that ride in them
- Puzzles with four or five pieces
At around 3-4 years, playtime becomes independent and more purposeful. Children have fined tuned their motor skills and can complete a puzzle or blocks by themselves. At this age, toys that are focused towards solving problems and developing logical thinking skills are seen as most useful
- Dolls and stuffed animals
- Props for make-believe play, such as toy telephone, a tea-party set, a toy kitchen, or a doll stroller
- Ride-on toys and tricycles
- Musical instruments (especially popular are those with flashing lights on the keys that your child needs to press in order to play a tune)
- Large transportation toys with buttons to make a horn honk or a siren whistle
- Construction toys that snap together
Once children reach 4 years+, there is a significant explosion in learning ability, so it is a good time to introduce interactive educational toys that teach math and verbal skills, such as phonics boards or mini computers.
- Art supplies and craft kits
- Blocks of different shapes
- Construction sets with large pieces, such as Legos or Lincoln Logs
- Puzzles of greater complexity
- Transportation toys, such as parking garages, airports, and train stations
- Board games that don't require reading, such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, Yahtzee etc.