We all know that little kids learn through play, so give your sweet toddlers and preschoolers a leg up with a few excellent developmentally-minded toys. Here are my top picks of the year. In addition to being cute and fun, all will enhance hand-eye coordination and kids’ understanding of concepts like shapes and colors.
Sort-a-Shape House by Kid O
I love the look of this update on the traditional shape sorter, and the bold outlines on each hole teach kids to match colors as well as shapes. For ages 1+. Available at Fat Brain Toys.
Creative Peg Puzzle by Educo
This is two educational toys in one. The bases fit together like a puzzle, and the stacking feature challenges kids to maneuver pieces around pesky pegs. A real bang for your buck. For ages 18-months and up. Available at ChildTrek.
Beehives by PlanToys
This unique design develops fine motor skills, recognition of colors, and the hives can be used like blocks for stacking. Plus, the forceps will give them a head start on future chopstick usage. For ages 3+. Available at Modern Nursery.