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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

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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...

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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.

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Scavenger hunt

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

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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

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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...

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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?

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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.

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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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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