The experts at Zero to Three offer these ideas for choosing toys that will grow with your child, challenge her, and nurture her thinking, physical, language, and social-emotional skills:
* Open ended, multi-use like blocks, play silks/cloths, cups
*imaginary toys that will grow with your child
*real “tools” and things including child-sized utensils, pots/pans, cloths
*active toys (playground! sandbox, swings in backyard)
*”ready to read and learn” toys like board books, crayons, paper, paints
For more details and specific ideas, visit Zero to Three’s Choosing Toys for Toddlers article.