Toddlers and Toys for Toddlers

A toddler, according to Wikipedia, is a child between the ages of one to three years old. During this period, the child learns a great deal about social roles and develops motor skills. In The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company, it is written that one who toddles, especially a young child learning to walk. While based on Collins Essential English Dictionary 2nd Edition 2006 © HarperCollins Publishers 2004, 2006, a toddler is a young child who has only just learned how to walk.

A toddler gets more active since he becomes mobile. He will start to walk and as soon as he can walk, he will begin to run, jump, and then climb. He is full of energy and curiosity to any catchy things around him. He loves to discover how things work and play using his new physical abilities. Your toddler will imitate you and want to help with daily activities such as watering flowers, riding on vehicles, washing a car, etc.

Before you choose toys for toddler, you would be better to consider that toddler toys should not only give him much enjoyment but also give educational benefit. It is much better to give him an opportunity to have fun in doing physical and mental activities while unconsciously develop his motor skills. Mostly toddler loves toys in any shape, size and colours which produce light and sound that make him learn cause and effect relationship. Other favourite toys for toddler are toys that roll. For instance, he enjoy throwing a ball and running after it. Besides extending his physical abilities, he develops his way of thinking, his body muscle and brain cells. He will be able to put ideas and do the actions in a sequence. At this age, a toddler also learns to control over his body. One option you can take is ride-on toys. He enjoy the feeling and effort he does while riding on a vehicle moving with his feet. In this case, safety must be one of consideration in choosing toys for toddlers.

There are some choices you have for your great toddler. However, you should always keep an eye on your toddler while playing with different objects since he tends to put things into his mouth. Some of these objects can be really harmful and can even result in fatal accidents.