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Learning Presents For Infants and Toddlers

Updated on November 3, 2013

Children are always learning. They learn through their play.

It can be something simple as they are learning social roles through playing Barbies or they are learning motor skills through shape sorting.

If you buy them something fun, they will learn!

Finding That Right Present

When looking for a present for a child, it can be difficult to decide. There are so many options out there.

Whether it's a Christmas present or a birthday present that you are looking for, a learning present is always a safe bet.

Then there's the question of what do you want them to learn from your present?

Peter Reynolds Books

I love Peter Reynolds books. I first heard them while in one of my classes for ECE.

They each have a powerful message that is beautifully illustrated.

The Dot
The Dot

"Vashti is a girl who says she cannot draw. When she tells her teacher, she says to "make a mark and see where it takes you." Vashti draws a dot on her paper, and her teacher then says "now sign it." The next week she is surprised to see her dot framed on display in the teacher's office. Seeing her dot, she says "I can make a better dot than that." She then starts drawing elaborate, colorful dots and realizes she is indeed an artist."

Wikipedia

 
Sky Color (Creatrilogy)
Sky Color (Creatrilogy)

"Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream. . . . "

Goodreads.com

 
Ish (Creatrilogy)
Ish (Creatrilogy)

"Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon''s older brother, Leon, turns Ramon''s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just right."

Chapters.ca

 

Walkers For Those Learning To Walk

Is the little one you are buying for just learning to walk? If so, maybe one of these great support toys would be a good Christmas or Birthday present.

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging)
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging)

Free to push it around and use for support as they go. Whomever you are buying this for is sure to love it.

 
Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker
Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker

Fisher-Price is a well known brand that is sure to bring fun.

 

Sorting Toys

Sorting Toys are great. They help along a child's cognitive development or their brain power.

Everyone remembers that toy that was shaped like a circle that you fit shapes into. It resulted in frusteration when you had to pull it apart to get the shapes out.

These are a bit more user friendly.

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks

A bucket with a removable lid to sort shapes. Nice and easy to remove and start all over again.

 
Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube - Classic Wooden Toy With 12 Shapes
Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube - Classic Wooden Toy With 12 Shapes

Melissa & Doug has great quality and great ideas. here they have a cube that has different sized spots to fit the shapes into.

 
Educational Insights Shapes Beanbags
Educational Insights Shapes Beanbags

They have these in the toddler room at the daycare I work at. The children love to play with the bean bags but to also distringuish between shape and colour.

 

Puzzles

Puzzles are a great activity for learning. It teaches recognition, patience, memory and more.

I have already mentioned how much I appreciate Melissa & Doug so it's no surprise the puzzles I chose are all theirs.

Melissa & Doug African Plains Safari Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle With Storage Tray (24 pcs)
Melissa & Doug African Plains Safari Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle With Storage Tray (24 pcs)

A fun puzzle you can use to teach about animals and what noises they make.

 
Melissa & Doug Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)

This box contains several different puzzles about vehicles.

 
Melissa & Doug Mix 'n Match Wooden Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle With Storage Case (45 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Mix 'n Match Wooden Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle With Storage Case (45 pcs)

Dress up puzzles are so much fun. They are more interactive than a regular puzzle.

 

Paint!!

Paint is a great sensory activity. It encourages creativity and learning about colours.

I highly encourage children to paint however they want to which may include with their hands (which is why washable is best!).

Baby Einstein Videos

Baby Einstein Videos area a great tool for the parent who lets their child watch television but wants something more than Bubble Guppies and Dora. (Nothing against them, I love Swiper!)

Infants and toddlers love the shapes and colours as well as the music.

What kind of toys do you prefer?

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