Appropriate Toys for Toddlers

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Appropriate Toys for Infants and Toddlers The National Association for the Education of Young Children has a list of recommendations for developmentally appropriate equipment and toys for infants and toddlers. This list helped an extensive amount while picking out toys for an infant room and for a toddler room at a daycare. Children of these ages may all be considered “babies” but it should be known that they are growing fast every day. Their cognitive and developmental skills are growing and they are increasing development with language and motor skills, too. (Developmental Domains) It is important that these children have the right toys to play with at the different developmental and cognitive stages in their life. A 7 month old is going to differ a lot more than even a 3 month old, and a two year old is going to be a lot more cognitively developed than a 12 month old because at these young ages is where one grows the most. Young babies are developing in different ways than older infants. They follow moving objects and other people with their eyes. At this age, they are basically figuring themselves out and learning how to use what they were born with. Young infants will reach with their arms and turn their head to different sounds. (NAEYC) It would be essential to have mirrors in an infant room so they can look at themselves and study themselves. This will keep an infant busy and occupied for a while. Infants also enjoy things that they can lay under and look up and touch. This might include little things that make noise when they touch them, or shiny and bright things hanging down that will take their interest as well. Young babies are also interested in listening to sounds, so it would be essential to have music playing nursery rhymes or even lullabies for them. As an infant gets older, from 7 to 12 months, they are starting to use their body more, and pull…...

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