Toddlers are a whole load of fun; with endless energy, expanding language and growing imaginations just made for pretend play. By now, they'll be a dab hand at playing and they may already have a few toy box favourites, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gift new items to take advantage of this playful age.
Role Play Accessories
Ever watched a toddler pretend play? Their imaginations are wonderful; using random props as telephones and preparing tasty dinners with whatever fake food they can lay their hands on. Peas on toast for tea then 😜. While they may not be at the stage to come up with elaborate stories, it’s definitely the time to introduce role play accessories, plus they make great gifts too. Winning!
Got a toddler who's a vehicle fanatic? The Kid's Concept Wooden Track is perfect for practicing their manoeuvring skills and maybe even creating some traffic jams while they are at it - for a touch of reality. Alternatively, pick out some more cars or transport toys to add to their collection.
Dressing up is another great way to harness role playing skills as well as being great fancy dress options for parties – who knew toddlers had such busy social lives? Meri Meri and Mimi & Lula have great ranges of props and garments, including crowns, wands, wings and capes that will have them prancing and soaring round the place endlessly.
From nursery rhymes, to television jingles, toddlers love music. This is the perfect stage to gift musical toys for them to have a go making some of their own tunes. As well as encouraging musicality, instruments also help to further develop a whole range of motor skills, such as finger isolation, hand-eye coordination and wrist dexterity. They’ll just need a whole load of practice before it’s music for your ears as well as theirs 😂.
Small musical toys such as the Janod Pure Bird Xylophone are a great choice for introducing little hands to music, encouraging them to create a melody while at the same time helping develop hand-eye coordination.
Finally, the grandest musical instrument going, the Janod My First Confetti Electronic Piano is the perfect size, allowing budding musicians to come up with their own musical interpretations. Perhaps in time, they’ll master a couple of classics too. 🎵
Book Case Additions
Books are a great way for getting toddlers to take five and are an especially useful tool for winding down during the bedtime routine. A new book makes for a great gift, which can be enjoyed again and again, particularly as they mature into pre-schoolers and begin to learn to read themselves.
We love Tiny T Rex And The Very Dark Dark for a pre-bedtime adventure. Around this stage, kids begin to learn colours and numbers. Take advantage and encourage their keenness to know more with Mix it Up - a brilliant read that entices them to mix and smudge the colours, turning the book into an amazing interactive play time.
Around this age, they may begin to resist certain clothing options, no longer happy for their parents to pick out outfits for them each day. While it’s super cute to see them showing an interest in fashion, it can be a bit of a pain too. Now's the time to gift some seriously cool PJs, and our own KIDLY Label PJs do the trick time and time again.
Got a budding fashion designer on your hands? Look no further than the Selfie Craft Co collection which allows aspiring ateliers to have a go at colouring in their own PJs or superhero capes.
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