The following excerpts are from the National Network forChild Care with recommendations for toys for Toddlers.
Toddlers are active and enjoy climbing, running, and jumping.They need toys to meet these needs. They also are interested in doing thingswith their hands as the small muscles in their fingers become more developed.However, toys for this age group should be simple and require littlecoordination. During this period, toddlers become interested in playing withothers and in imitating grown-up activities. Toys like dress-up clothes aregreat for this! Toddlers still put toys in their mouths, so you will need towatch for objects with small parts.
Also, watch out for items, such as paintand chalk, as toddlers think it is great fun to eat these! Toys should besturdy and should not have sharp edges or points. Toddlers enjoy balloons, butcaregivers should be careful to keep uninflated or broken balloons out ofreach. A child could suffocate if these are swallowed.Under the Green Roof Wood Toys specializes in made-to-orderwood letters, wood toys, wood animal “cars”, word art, personalizedwood toys and educational puzzles. We have all kinds of wooden toys,wood cars, and wooden animals to choose from.Our wooden toys are proudly made in the USA of durable woodsand non-toxic paints and finishes. In contrast to the recent headlines ofhundreds of thousands of toys recalled due to toxic lead paint finishes whichcan be deadly for children, we make wood toys and puzzles that are fun,beautiful and safe.
Our wood letters can be color coordinated with your child’sroom and bedding. You can choose the style of wood letter font, wood lettercolors and wood letter details.Handpainted, colorful clocks, word art, peg racks, Scottieshelves and turtle stools for children’s decor.Our products are colorful and many can be personalized to bethat perfect gift for someone you love. Toddlers and children love to push andpull toys with wheels and we have a beautiful selection from which to choose.You can find everything from colorful wood puzzles and woodletters for names (ideal for children with unusual names), toelephants and alligators, all lovingly crafted at the workshop “Under theGreen Roof.”All of our wood toys are locally handcrafted andall of our wood toys, wood letters, and wood jumping jacks are finished in adurable, non-toxic finish. With all the recent toy recalls, it is reassuring toknow you can buy our products without having to fear the dangers of lead paintand other toxins.
Our wood toys, wood puzzles and wood lettersfeature:· simple, solid construction· bright colors · non-toxic paint and finishes· super smooth satin finish · no hidden nails or screws· guaranteed against manufacturing defects – simply contact us.Coat racks with pegs to help keep things offthe floor in a variety of designs and colors. Personalized coat racks are alsoavailable. Children love seeing their name in bright colors!Children need playtime that gives them the opportunity touse their own imagination. Our wood toys and wood puzzles give children thechance to explore their own creativity.
PRESCHOOLERS Preschool-age children also are interested in activephysical play. They have more control of their muscles at this age and this canbe seen in the move from a tricycle to a two-wheel bike. Preschoolers also areincreasingly curious about the world around them. They enjoy realistic toyssuch as farm and animal sets, grocery store prop boxes, model cars, and trains.As hand coordination increases, so does the child’s interestin simple construction sets and more difficult puzzles. They can manage moredifficult creative projects, and enjoy cutting and simple sewing projects, inaddition to the paint and play dough of earlier stages. Since children at thisage also are busy learning to read and write, give them play equipment thatPuzzles & ChildDevelopment – Toys for ChildrenSolving puzzles is a great way for young children to developimportant hand-eye coordination and motor skills. The most basic of puzzles arethose which include shape sorting, whereby a child is required to manipulatevarious shaped blocks and place them in the appropriately shaped slot.
Theseare suitable for children as young as one, and will help them develop verybasic problem solving skills as well as hand-eye coordination.Introducing puzzles to children at a young age is anenjoyable way for them to develop important manual dexterity, memory, andcoordination skills. As they get older, they will be able to advance to morecomplicated puzzles promoting development of language and numeric skills. It isimportant to help your child with puzzles initially. As they become morecomfortable with the idea of puzzles, they will be able to complete them ontheir own, providing a rewarding experience for both you and your child. (1)The next excerpt is from an article entitled “Puzzlesand Games for Preschoolers” from Family Education. Learning withpuzzles:Puzzles help children learn to solve problems.
By tryingseveral ways to fit a puzzle piece in place, they are learning the value offlexible thinking, and of persistence. Their fine motor skills are sharpened bymanipulating the pieces and fitting them in their proper space. Puttingtogether a puzzle helps children actively practice important skills such asinference, deductive reasoning, and the notion that whole objects are generallymade up of parts.Large-piece puzzles(wood or heavy cardboard): These toys work well for the younger pre-schooler, providingpractice with eye/hand coordination, fine motor skills, and beginningexperience in problem solving. Toddlers learn that if a piece doesn’t fit oneway, it may fit another and ultimately will fit somewhere if they keep trying.Smaller-piecepuzzles:These will continue developing the previous concepts, butolder pre-schoolers will sharpen their skills by learning to look for moredetails in exploring where the pieces go.
Are there colors that go together?Does part of the puzzle picture appear on one piece and have its match onanother? Can the edges of the puzzle help give it form? These are thebeginnings of developing strategies for accomplishing a task, which is acrucial part of effective learning.