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.

For more information on child development, visit the Milford Kids Thrive child development blog and developmental milestone pages.