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Educational toys for 2-3 year olds

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Educational toys for 2-3 year olds.

From puzzles and scavenger hunts to ball games and water play, there’s lots of fun ways you can help develop key skills with simple, creative and engaging activities.

Brain development

Expand their learning

Through activities such as water and sand play or turning the page of a book, they’re exploring the idea of cause and effect. They’ll also be following simple instructions, especially around your regular routine.

Activities to try...

Puzzles

A great way to test their logic and memory as they fit the pieces together. Pick puzzles with more pieces for a bigger challenge.

Scavenger hunt

Ask your toddler to find different objects within a room. Play in different locations to keep it varied and your toddler engaged.

    Building blocks

    By using bricks, blocks and other shapes, your toddler can think about what they're building and how to achieve it. How high can they go?

    Physical development

    Fine & gross motor skills

    Children can combine their fine motor skills to manipulate an object or perform a task. Whilst their bigger muscles allow them to push, pull, run and jump. All are essential for simple self-care tasks.

    Activities to try...

    Animal follow-my-leader

    Jump like a frog, stomp like an elephant or flap like a bird. Do this around the room with your toddler following. Once they’ve got the hang of it, swap it around. For more fun, why not dress up?

    Driving tracks

    Wheeled toys are a great way to get your toddler moving. Build a track with junctions and roundabouts, and let them steer their cars around.

    Water and sand play

    With water or sand (or both) add in toys, moulds and tools. Let them use their hands to scoop, wash and pour as they explore different results.

    Social skills

    Communication & friendship

    Their independence and curiosity is growing as they make new friendships. Activities such as reading, singing and roleplay, will help your child understand the world around them – expanding their knowledge, language and imaginations too.

    Activities to try...

    Catch

    A simple game that doesn’t require your toddler to wait too long before each turn. With a ball or inflated balloon, throw it to one another or work together to keep it off the floor.

    Simon says

    Give easy instructions for your toddler to follow, starting each one with ‘Simon says…’. For example, you could have them touch their nose or jump up and down. Do the actions yourself too, so they can copy.

      Play phone

      Encourage your toddler to pretend to call people they know for a chat. They usually mimic your conversations but give them prompts if needed.

      Other key development

      Potty training

      Typically a child will begin to show signs that they are ready to begin potty training between 18 months - 3 years of age. Here are some signs to look out for to help you know when they're ready:

      • They are aware when they have a wet or dirty nappy.
      • They will tell you when they are going to the toilet.
      • They know that they need to go and will say so in advance.
      • They may fidget or hide when they need to go.

      Activities to try...

      Teach a toy

      Have your little one teach their favourite toy how to use the potty. Children find learning through play much more stimulating and they are more likely to remember why and when they should use the potty by doing so.

      Blowing bubbles

      Using a potty is not a very comfortable process to begin with. Your little one may fidget about and not want to stay on it for long. Having them blow some bubbles while sat on the potty is a great distraction. There is also the added benefit of it working their abdominal muscles as they blow, which in turn will help them push when they have a poo.

        Potty training chart

        Print out a potty training chart with key potty training steps on it; such as, 'sat on the potty', 'did my business in the potty' and 'washed my hands'. Every time your little one completes one of these steps, let them put a sticker on their chart. It's a great way for them to learn all of the things they need to do when using the potty.

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