When a child reaches the 1 year mark, he or she begins to develop cognitive skills along with fine motor skills, he or she begins to recognize things and understand instructions and they begin to grasp things and develop their motor muscles that help with movement. Here are my top 3 favorites for toddlers up to 3 years of age.
Children’s Water Flutes can actually be played in the bath tub. Toddlers are fascinated by water and playing with it allows them to develop their motor skills and the different sounds of each flute, sharpens their listening and comprehension skills and they love filling them with water.Additional information can be found at http://ecokidsart.org/2011/10/26/clay-play/.
Wooden Frog Pull Toys make for great “pets” for the little ones. They can name it and drag it about everywhere with them, you can encourage them to feed it and take it out into the yard for walks. Teaches them responsibility and they enjoy having a pet.
Last up are the Music Wands that change sound and tunes when shaken about, letting the child be creative and have fun. With fat buttons and a cool characters hugging the wand, these are really fun, and pretty good for 2 to 3 year olds who like music and like being creative.