Vision Development Toys and Games
With two color options, there are so many reasons that I love this toy that I just had to put it on here for 2-year-olds so your little one can get many years of play out of it. While I do encourage active play and play outdoors as much as possible, I was also the child who played pretend school and I don’t see any harm in facilitating the ideal of enjoyable learning and associating the table or desk as a fun place to play and learn with a great Action & Reaction component. Having said that, this table is also set up to have many interchangeable packs that cover various subjects and creative projects. I’ve listed my favorites below. All in all, I really believe this is a must-have for all your little ones to help them have an organized play and start relating that school is fun!
If there is one thing that our children really need to learn about it is our bodies and everything about them! The majority of the health conditions in the United States costing the country the most are actually preventable with lifestyle choices. In my humble opinion, our anatomy and physiology just are NOT taught in enough detail in school so anything that draws attention to "how WE work" is always a winning toy or book :-)
How fun is this one?! This is a great skill Building toy and encourages creativity as the gears can be moved and rearranged. Specific skills worked on include; fine motor, visual form constancy, visual discrimination, visual closure (seeing how the parts are going to need to fit when one is missing), and visual form constancy. This toy is also a favorite as it has a great Action & Reaction component to it. This requires your little one to move items and interact with the toy to get a fun response from it and thus has a great Action and Reaction component. I really do love this one
This is a great multi-use toy for promoting fun mobility. The great thing about this push and sit toy is that it can really be enjoyed long before your little one is walking. Because the sides are covered with fun interactive elements, your little one can sit right next to this and play with it or work on their balancing skills and sit on it while you push them around. When their legs are long enough, they can sit and “scoot” themselves along. And obviously, when they are learning to walk, this has really great stability with a longer base to help them on their walking journey.
Again, as I do sports vision training, I do get a bit biased for sports-related toys, but this one really is great. I love that they creatively made this toy with so many little things to engage and interact with. If your little one isn't standing yet, there are things down low to play with and the height will draw their attention up to their superior field and get them opening up their awareness. Plus, who doesn't love the eye-foot aspect of kicking the goals! There really aren't many toys that engage kicking in a fun and hopefully controlled way - and yes I say "hopefully" because I know my little Alison can get a bit crazy dancing, jumping, and spinning on her feet.
If you want to get the kiddos getting physical without breaking the bank, then this jungle gym is the way to go. I was always a very active child and I remember when the ideas of having mini ball pits in your house came about. While I never did get my indoor ball pit, it is really nice that they’ve made this interactive toys so much more affordable. This gym, of course, has much more than my dreamt about ball pit and includes game built into it to work on gross motor skills. This is certainly going to be taking up our indoor patio as soon as our little one is able to enjoy it.
I put this on the 3-year-old list because I feel like that’s the age that kids can start enjoying these, but these genuinely entertain kids for years even as they get older. Unlike other structural building toys, these have a dynamic ability to move and bend and can really add an extra element to creativity and building.
We all know and love sidewalk chalk for its endless possibilities of drawing pictures and cartoons to drawing road for bikes, so this is a no-brainer to have on this list as three-year-olds are really at the point of growing in their creativity and dexterity. This big box is truly the best bang for your buck and many parents agree with its high ratings.
I Spy books are something that every child should have and this is a beautiful one. When you click on the link, I know it says ages 2-4, but I challenge you to challenge your child in a fun way! To make this easier for them when they are younger, you can use these books to teach vocabulary. My little Alison has so many books that are certainly above her age level, but they have provided an amazing way for her to learn new words and it's really reminded me to keep providing her with more challenging toys and not let her age define what she can do. When it comes to these books, searching for specific images incorporates and works upon so many skills including; visual discrimination, saccadic eye movement, visual memory, figure-ground, visual form constancy, and more.
Of all of the dress up and body play sets out there, I love this one the most because of the learning component. What a fun way to start introducing a sense of one’s body and all the amazing things that are going on in it. More interactive than a book, this set is a great way to start teaching body parts.
At 2 years old Alison LOVES this farm and animal play set and at 8 months old, my little standing William loves it too! I don't know if I would buy it for at 8 month old, but he love anything that involves his sister, so it's fun for him with some supervision. I love that this has some fun animal caring aspects too like feeding them and even covering them with a blanket. It's always sitting on the coffee table because both of my kiddos are just totally drawn to it.
So we don't have this one in our house, but it may be an addition soon as I got this for a friend for her little one's first birthday and I kind of wanted to keep it for myself! The height is great to put on a coffee table or small children's table and draw their vision up to their superior field. Since I know I have so many books for my little ones, I really love to mix toys in that have height and draw them back up visually.
Of all the toys my 2 year old, Alison has, she will drop everything sometimes and look for her "color pen" to do nothing but color these. These have to be one of the best things to keep in your purse or even just sitting on the coffee table. You fill the little bottle with water and it works as a pen revealing the colors on the reusable pages with no mess at all. And as you read before, these are amazingly portable. The skills include visual-motor integration and visual discrimination and these have a great Action & Reaction component. These are a must-have for travel and every parent will thank you many times over for these little life-savers.
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