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October is full of fun Fall activities but also a birthday for a special girl. Our little spitfire, Teagan! With her 2nd birthday approaching quickly we have had a lot of conversations about finding the Best Toys for a two year old. Honestly, it is hard to buy gifts for any age but there are some great options out there now that do not all revolve around electronics, TV, and video games. I decided to through together some Tips For Buying The Best Toys For A Toddlers Birthday.
Create and Build!
I do not know about you but I am on the search for gifts that allow my children to Create and Build. I am just as guilty as every other parent who hands a tablet or a phone to their child instead of a book or some paint. I have made it a goal in our family to start being creative in our spare time instead of burning our brains on the "shows", as Jude calls them.
Tip 1: Get Creative and draw!
Introducing a toddler to the drawing and coloring world is so important. While they might not be able to color in the lines or draw a self portrait that doesn't matter! Building creativity with a simple pad of paper and some crayons, markers or pencils will allow the toddler to be artistic even at a young age.
Not only does the artist come out in the toddlers but the important skills like their pencil grip can start to become more natural. Only preparing them more for learning to write.
I found these really fun and perfect sized Double-Pointed Crazy Crayons and Tablet at my favorite Target store. I cannot wait to gift these to Teagan in a couple of weeks because I know that the fun colors will have her wanting to draw for hours. These Kid Made Modern line of art supplies are quickly becoming one of my go-to brands for art supplies because they are so much fun!
Tip 2: Introduce Science
Sure, Science for a toddler! While "window shopping" online at the Target Toy Emporium I was very excited to see so many options for working that brain. I said it before, we let our kids watch TV and play on the tablet but we also want to encourage some good old fashioned play and learning. I found this great set of Magnetic Wooden Blocks that are age appropriate for Teagan. I consider these blocks a view into the world of science for toddlers. How fun it will be to show Teagan that these aren't just stacking blocks but instead there is a force inside the blocks that can either push them away from one another or let them stick together! Let the the little mind mold around that concept! I can already see that something so simple will bring her hours of play and learning.
Tip 3: Build on to the Collection
Who doesn't love LEGOS? From the time I became a parent I said NO I will not have LEGOS in the house because I do not want to step on them!! Well that was a FAIL! Parenting has brought me so much more understanding to the love that is LEGOS! Bring on the LEGOS! Bring on the creativity. I feel like LEGOS are just a building block to the creativity of a child. So the tip around this - build on to the collection. Sure the child you are buying for might already have the set you buy but it doesn't matter! You see, these might come in sets, but once they hit the floor they become whatever your Toddler has in mind. A car, a house, an animal or even themselves. The imagination is perfect but the fine motor skills are also there in the equation! Building Creativity and Fine Motor Skills in one great activity!
Tip Four: Go back to the basics
Those toy aisle can be totally overwhelming when trying to find the best toys for a toddler but just make your mind go back to the basics. Step away from the electronics, DVDS and video games! Focus on what makes the mind grow. Thankfully Target is making this easy with some great brands of toys that will make your birthday gift buying experience even better! Not to mention, the parent of said Toddler will thank you when she sits down and gets creative!
Find some inspiration for some great gift options here!
What is your Go-To gift when buying for a Toddler?