It's kind of crazy how it seems like overnight our babies turn into toddlers! I remember this happening with Rhett just a little bit after he turned one. He was full blown walking, starting to talk a little bit more, and seemed like he was actually understanding the world around him! He could catch on to simple games or jokes, and was starting to learn how to really play! This is the age where its time to buy some actual learning toys, versus the light up musical phone and talking teddy bears! I have put together a list of toys that we have and love for this stage and hopefully it will be a good guide as you buy toys that will grow with your kiddos!
1) Lakeshore Learning Store Button Sorting Box - This is a fun toy that is great for teaching colors and sizes. What button fits in what hole? What color are the buttons? How to open and close the lid, put in and remove the buttons. Lots of different ways to play and learn with this one.
2) Lakeshore Touch and Learn Picture Cards- These are a neat resource for expanding vocabulary and working on language skills with a touch and feel sensory aspect as well. Rhett really loves these! He likes playing with them independently, taking them out of the box, looking at them and putting them back in. We do them together and I will say the word and he likes to repeat it back to me. Evie also likes to pretend she is the "speech therapist" and does speech with these cards to Kerr and Rhett! HA!!
3) Montessori Permanence Box- This is an awesome toy and is really actually good for 6 months on. Rhett still plays with it at 17 months but its a neat tool that they can start playing with way earlier!
4) Montessori Coin Box- this is another one that we have and love! Great for fine motor skills, and teaches object permanence. Even Kerr (3) picks this out to play with from time to time!!
5) Magformers- We all know and love these babies! I like to start with the magformers when they are younger, because they are easier to maneuver, then move to the mantiles when they are a little bit older because they are a bit more expandable and can build out more with them.
6) Squigs- I love these. They are so much fun to stick together or on windows or to the side of the bathtub! These are great for little one and definitely grow with your kids, because Evie (5) loves them to!
7) What's in the box?!- This is such a cute and fun game that you can really expand on as your child grows. Right now, Rhett (17m) likes to pull out the toys, sometimes label them, and put them back in. With Evie and Kerr, we put our hand in, pick an item, and try to guess what it is before we take it out! We also use more descriptive language referring to each item-- "The butterflies wings are shiny and soft" etc. We also like to fill it with other items from around the house and add a new twist to the game!
8) Music set- My kids love music! They always have, and hopefully always will! It's so good to have a good set of kid friendly instruments in the play room for the kids to mess around with! I avoid the super loud ones (Cymbals bc yikes) but all three kids love a good creative music sesh! Evie on the flute, Rhett on the maracas, and Kerr on the triangle!
9) Lakeshore Color Stacking Rings- This is a beautiful little toy that we have been having lots of fun with. Rhett is working on his fine motor skills by learning how to get the rings over the wooden stakes, and I reinforce color recognition by naming each color as he stacks it. Evie and Kerr like this toy also, they use it as a sorting activity and stack them correctly, by color, as Rhett just does his best to get them all on there haha!!