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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Best Christmas Gifs for Toddlers

Thanks to Learn365 and Mindware for sponsoring this post.  Both are part of Oriental Trading with a focus on educational supplies and toys. All opinions are my personal opinions.

The best Christmas gifts for toddlers are ones that they play with for hours and hours and hours on end.  My children have gone through many toys. Some were hits and some were misses. I was fortunate to have access to a "Toy Library" that was run by experts in early childhood development. They taught me how various toys help with developmental skills. In today's post, I will share my experience and provide you with gift ideas for toys that my own children love and have used for many hours of entertainment.  

The toys that I selected as the best Christmas presents for toddlers have a theme that they may be used to create a little Christmas village with a train for under the Christmas tree.  We also included a trendy puzzle rack filled with a few good quality Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles, a Rolligo, and a Squigz set that will keep them busy.  

Let's start with the Melissa & Doug Wooden Train. This has kept my toddler busy for many hours. It's his favorite toy.  It's fun for him to stack the wooden pieces on the pegs and drive the train around. There is a combinatorial explosion in the number of possible combinations to stack the blocks on the different sections of the train cars. The colorful train provides us with an engaging opportunity to learn about shapes, colors, and counting. We encourage his speech with this train by enthusiastically giving instructions to go, stop, turn, and more. This is a toy that is fun now, but will also grow with him.

We created a little town by using the Melissa & Doug Nesting & Sorting Garages & Cars.  The little boxes are easy to stack. (Don't worry, they are a thick cardboard and not solid wood, so they don't make loud noises if they fall.)  We practice large and large motor skills by stacking the garages and driving the cars into them.  We practice counting.  We also have fun and work on speech development when we drive the cars around by saying things like, "Beep", "Vroom", and more! This is another toy that has provided countless hours of entertainment for my children.

Another great gift for toddlers is wooden puzzles.  I'm sure that your toddler enjoys taking things apart and trying to put them back together.  Puzzles are a great way to entertain them while they are also learning.  We really like the Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles because they are good quality. The quality is important because our toddler is a bit rough on things and the wood holds up well. For instance, he is still exploring the world of puzzles and sometimes bangs the pieces, tries to make them fit in wrong spaces, or even turns a puzzle upside down and accidentally spills the pieces.  The cardboard ones just don't hold up at this age.  That is why we like the Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles.  We actually have so many of them that we use the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wire Puzzle Rack.  This is a nice way to organize puzzles for your toddler. 

Let me tell you about some of our favorite puzzles.  Let's start with a "first puzzle" for the youngest toddlers. The Melissa & Doug Fish Bowl Knob Puzzle is a lot of fun. This was my son's first puzzle and it took him a few weeks to get the hang of it as he practice fitting the pieces back together. It was adorable because he would head straight for this puzzle after nap time and take it apart and then spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to put it back together. We could see his mind at work! It has been several months and he still loves this puzzle.

The Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board is  much more than a puzzle.  This is a nice puzzle that grows with them because they put the pieces together, but then they also practice skills such as buttoning, zipping, lacing, and tying. My children have a large age gap, but they both like this puzzle. 

The Melissa & Doug Alphabet Sound Puzzle is nice because it says each letter when they remove the respective puzzle piece.  This is a puzzle that I bought several years ago for my older son. It was one of his favorite toys and it still in fantastic shape for our younger son.   If you want an alphabet puzzle that is priced lower, but is still great quality, we also love the Melissa & Doug Alphabet Peg Puzzle. This puzzle is a bit easier for my toddler to use because the pegs make it easier to remove the pieces.

Rolligo is a fun toy that has kept my toddler entertained for many hours.  It's the funniest thing to watch because he fills it up with the balls, moves it around in different directions, spills the balls, refills the rack, and then starts over again.  I see his little mind at work as he plays with the colorful spheres and studies them.  This toy encourages fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and sensory exploration.

Finally, the Squigz Deluxe set is a blast for toddlers that are ages 3 and up.  My 7-year old also loves playing with them, so they are a toy that will be around for quite a while.  These squishy, squeezy construction toys are a lot of fun.  Little ones practice creativity, fine motor skills, and experimentation as they use them.  As a mom, I appreciate that they are pliable and haven't left any residue or marks on my furniture. In fact, they are even dishwasher safe in anything is spilled on them! We use them on the floor, at our dining room table, and in the bathtub. We even take a large container to restaurants in order to provide entertainment for our children!

Finally, let me share that I really enjoy browsing the Learn365 website and Mindware website for toddler toys.  They say that their goal is to make learning fun for less.  I really like that they find the best quality brands so that it is easy browse a good selection of educational items, but then they also have a 110% price guarantee. They stand behind their products and offer a 100% happiness guarantee.  Their customer service is amazing.  As a mom, I appreciate that they make it easy to find good quality educational toys for my children at the best prices and that the customer service is so helpful and caring.

We hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our children's favorite toys.  Our house is filled with toys, but these toddler toys are their absolute favorites! Visit here for the toddler toys that we featured, plus other great choices.

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