As a parent, you’ll want to do everything in your power to foster your child’s development while they are being entertained and having fun!
As you may already know, choosing the right toy for your child which actually has visible results is vital! Toys which spark and shape children’s minds are key to give them a head start in life. Knowing and choosing the right ones comes with the added bonus of allowing you a little downtime while they are captivated through play!
It’s true the world of educational toys out there is a minefield, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and have no idea where to start. You’ll see each type of toy has all sorts of enticing promises which guarantee success with your little one. To be honest, many of them don’t always do exactly what they say on the packet. In many cases, parents end up wasting their money and having a bored, frustrated child itching to learn.
Through my experience of raising bright, confident, happy and stimulated children I am actively aware of the products that come with false promises and the ones that actually do what they claim! Through working side by side with families, I have been trusted to support and encourage children’s all-around developmental needs. I focus on not just brain boosting toys, but I also encourage fundamental products to develop the following:
- Emotions, emotional wellbeing
- Physical development (including large and fine motor skills)
- Social skills vital for interaction and life skills.
- Speech and understanding
My job today is to make things easy for you! Below I have listed some of the most effective products I use daily in which I have seen fantastic growth in my children’s developmental progress! In regards to being open and honest, if you do purchase products from my links, I will get a small affiliate commission. However, the best thing is, by making everything simple and straightforward you can now have this knowledge and spend more time with your family and know your child is getting the most effective education he can receive!
1. Orchard Toys Flashcards!: £5.45- Buy here
This pack of 50 large cards works so well as the pictures are bright and stimulating, yet not overdone so they will not overwhelm your little one. The pack recommends they are used with children of 3 years old, however, I have found starting earlier than this works too! The cards come in wonderful, durable quality and easy to fit in bags so they are great for trips! Little ones are constantly observing and learning the language. By seeing the shape your mouth goes when saying each word, using different pitches is really an incredible start in this development!
2. Primo Toys Cubetto Coding Toy: £195. Buy it here
While understandably costly, new exciting development in childcare recently has been teaching us that we must educate our children about coding. Many new apps and games have been developed recently for this, however, the difference with this little beauty is that your child will not be stuck to a screen all day! Being premium and Montessori approved, it is unlike no other product and takes children back into the real world off-screen. It teaches the basics of coding using a wooden control panel to create programmes and end up having exciting, fascinating adventures. Not only does coding help teach mathematics, confidence, creativity and writing, it also prepares them for later life!
3. Labebe baby walker 2 in 1, comes with toy chest! £29.99 Buy it here
How cute is this? I’m seeing a huge demand for natural, wooden toys over the past few years! Plastic toys can often do more harm than good to your baby, not to mention the environment! Although there are many walkers on the market, this one has so much success helping children walk and supporting their physical development! It is easy to use, great size for 1-2-year-olds and you can use it as a toy chest once little babe no longer needs it!
4. Bright starts 5 in 1 play mat and activity gym! £74.99 Buy it here
There are endless varieties and options of baby gyms on the market – it really is bananas! The best option is to choose a product that will grow as your baby grows. Many are so small after a few weeks babies can’t fit in them anymore, or many just educationally outgrow baby gyms! Choosing this product, allows you to have everything you need, and not continuously spend money on new products later in your little one’s life! Babes just love this one. It’s super safe and has a soft, cosy padded bottom for comfort.
With beautiful lights on the top, they are perfect at encouraging visual recognition! You can also fold the side up or down so your baby is always safe and having fun! The mirrors are a lovely addition which will aid to babes ability to focus on their social skills. It also has lovely toys inside including bead chaser, plush musical toucan, crinkle fabrics and a free set of 35 colourful balls for extra learning and fun. What’s not to love?
5. Nubby Octopus floating ring toy! £9.23 Buy it here
Tried and tested, this product is completely safe and children just love it!! It is a lovely way to enjoy bathtime together and really helps develop little one’s hand to eye coordination and fine motor skills also it does not attract mould or mildew! Although the recommended age is between the ages of 18 months and 3 years many parents found their babies to respond to the bright colour and expression on the Octopus’s face and helped with teething!
6. Medical carry case! £9.94 Buy here
The most amazing products out there are the ones which have no beginning and no end. By that I mean, toys which offer endless amounts of imagination and creativity to children are simply the best to stimulate and educate! With this product, children are able to freely role play and create! This aids their social skills, emotional well-being and cognitive development!
7. Mr Fothergills My first mini greenhouse £11.99 Buy here
As you may already know, teaching children empathy is one of the most valuable skills we can pass on! This product is so lovely as not only does your child learn how to care for something else they learn to care for the world in which they were born into. It comes with a little mini greenhouse, cress, sunflower seeds and coleus seeds and an easy to follow growing guide!
Through learning how things grow and what we can do to care for them, our children become much more aware and appreciative of the world. They learn and develop their emotional, physical and little fine motor skills! Children really do adore this product and it is perfect for educational purposes but also encourages fun and stimulation!
By using many of these products I am able to make a change in childcare for the better. I absolutely adore children and doing whatever I can to provide them with better, richer lives mean the world to me.
Each child is entirely unique and we must ensure we are shaping their little minds as much as we possibly can to give them the best version of life possible!
As always please let me know how amazing you have found these products and follow our amazing journey in the world of childcare! If you enjoyed what you read feel free to check out another recent article!