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Best Educational Baby toys from LeapFrog Toys for hand eye coordination

Updated on April 16, 2013
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Baby LeapFrog Toys help your baby to develop hand eye coordination

Your baby will benefit from toys that help to develop his hand eye coordination such as those in the brilliant educational baby toys and educational toys for toddlers from Baby LeapFrog Toys. Your baby's hand eye coordination is explained simply as the way the eyes use the information they receive in order to accomplish a task by guiding and directing the hands.

Parents are faced with a bewildering array of toys for babies and toddlers and want to choose those which will not only be fun for their baby or toddler but which will also encourage development.  All children love to explore the world around them and are learning at a phenomenal rate if given the mental stimulation and the opportunity to enjoy great toys that will amuse, entertain and educate.

Baby is developing hand eye coordination all the time!

From an early age, your baby will demonstrate his developing motor skills with hand eye coordination, reaching out to touch and grasp!
From an early age, your baby will demonstrate his developing motor skills with hand eye coordination, reaching out to touch and grasp!

Hand Eye Coordination Development Milestones

Between four and 14 months of age, your baby will be exploring his world and developing his hand-eye coordination and thus, his fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are those skills necessary for the control of small muscle movements, for example when your child reaches out to pick up a small toy and uses his fingers to grasp the toy and then release it again to put it down in a new position. So the picking up of the toy and the manoeuvring and putting down of the toy are all done with a purpose and in coordination with the eyes – hand eye coordination.

Your baby will first show signs of eye coordination when he can track the progress of a slowly moving object with his eyes usually this is by the end of the third month.

By the end of the sixth month, he can reach out his hand to grasp an object which will almost inevitably be brought to his mouth for further investigation. Many babies begin to reach for objects quickly and without jerkiness. They try to get objects within their reach and objects out of their reach. Many can hold one object whilst they look for another object, look from their hand to the object and to follow the movement of their hand with their eyes. They also begin to touch objects with their index fingers and to point at objects.

By nine months, he can use his thumb and fingers in a pincer movement, as dexterity improves, for picking up and manoeuvring small objects. He will be able to manipulate a feeder cup and hold it by the handle and drink from it. Many infants at this age also begin to reach for objects with one arm instead of both.

By twelve months, he now also has good control of his hands so he is able to hold and release objects with ease, as well as using the pincer grasp. Your baby will also be able to clap and wave his hands and to swap an object from one hand to the other and may even be able to hold an object in each hand and to bang the objects together.


A larger image of the Leapfrog Learn and Groove musical table (link below)
A larger image of the Leapfrog Learn and Groove musical table (link below) | Source

LeapFrog Toys for your baby's hand eye coordination

Leapfrog toys have a superb range of toys which are designed to help your baby’s sensory development, including hand eye coordination (development of fine and gross motor skills).

Here is my pick of the Leapfrog Toys ‘Bestsellers’ of educational baby toys and educational toys for toddlers. All will help to develop your baby’s hand eye coordination development and motor skills.

LeapFrog Wash & Go Magnetic Vehicles Set

LeapFrog Fridge Wash & Go Magnetic Vehicle Set
LeapFrog Fridge Wash & Go Magnetic Vehicle Set

Recommended for 12 months and over. Helps develop matching and motor skills.

Sing along to silly songs as you mix, match and learn with vehicle friends!

Create over 25 vehicle combinations with 10 mix-and-match pieces.

Play on the fridge, wall or floor.

Explores colours and vehicle names and sounds.


LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table (Pink)

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table - Pink
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table - Pink

A variety of play instruments encourage baby to push, pull, press, slide, open and close, helping develop fine motor skills.

Move, sing, dance and drum - it’s music and learning rolled into one

15 activities and more than 40 songs keep children learning and grooving

Attachable legs take baby from floor to standing play, and detach for easy travel and storage

Bilingual learning: introduces numbers, counting, the alphabet, shapes, colours, opposites and first words in both English and French.


LeapFrog Brightlings Stackers

Brightlings Stackers
Brightlings Stackers

Suitable for 6 months to 3 years. Little ones will light up with their three Brightlings pals as they stack them, spin the base, and then topple them down, helping to build fine motor skills along the way. Brightlings Stackers from Leapfrog reward babies with a delightful glow and sparkle when nested one inside the other.

The Stackers quietly reward each triumph as your baby explores stacking and nesting cups. Teaches Relative sizes Cause and Effect Gross and fine motor skills.


LeapFrog Learn and Groove Alphabet Drum

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Alphabet Drum
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Alphabet Drum

Suitable for ages 6 months to three years. Engaging music and interactive play modes encourage baby to tap, crawl and dance, which helps develop gross motor skills. Your baby will love making music with the alphabet drum and this toy is sure to be a big hit! Music play mode lets baby explore and create music, which encourages creative interaction and open-ended play.


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    Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

    Thank you Melodyandes, it is a fun time for parents when babies start to enjoy toys - shared fun and laughter can begin at a very early age with these educational toys for babies.

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    melodyandes 5 years ago

    Very useful and informative hub.

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    emmasverden 6 years ago

    fine milepæle - vigtigt med det rigtige udfordrende legetøj til baby

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    Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you for your comment HealthyHanna, I agree that there is a bewildering choice out there, but it is great fun going to the toy store though!

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    HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

    Thanks for the review of the toys. There is so much out there that I become overwhelmed when going to the toy store.

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    Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

    Thanks so much for your nice comment H.C. - I like the toys too, they are so well made and such lovely colours, I am glad to hear that your two find the toys entertaining too!

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    Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State

    I actually have a few of these toys for my kids. They are 23 and 33 months. Leap frog has an excellent selection of Toys for Tots-that actually entertain them. Thanks for the hub, it was a great display!

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