Top Holiday Toys for Tots
It’s that time of year again—holiday shopping! At this stage, you most likely have some experience selecting the best holiday gifts for baby—but shopping for tots is a whole different ballgame. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), between the ages of 1 and 3, toddlers hit some major developmental milestones and begin to form a strong sense of their likes and dislikes.
“I think picking out toys for toddlers is my favorite age group,” says Jana Doyle. Jana and her husband, Chuck, own Kiddlestix, the Tulsa toy store at 3815 S. Harvard Ave.
“They are so curious about the world around them and are interested in such a wide variety of toys,” Jana says. “Most toddlers haven’t zoned in on one particular interest so seem to be excited by toys in all categories, whether it’s problem solving, imaginative play or active play.”
With so many options to choose from, picking the right gift for your child might seem like a nightmare…but don’t worry, Jana has some hot toys for tots to add to your holiday shopping list.
Magnatiles are always a STEM toy fan favorite. They are magnetic building tiles that come in different brightly colored geometric shapes. Kids learn about colors, shapes and magnetism, all while building and playing. And who doesn’t love a toy that promotes both creativity and imaginative play?
Micro Air Hopper
This active toy is brand new and comes from the same company who makes Micro Kickboard scooters. It’s an inflatable hopper but with the option to use with or without the wheeled base. It can be used inside or out and is a great way to expend all that toddler energy.
Fat Brain Toys Roll Again Tower
The Roll Again Tower is a mesmerizing ball track. When you grab the ball from the bottom of the tower, more balls roll down from the top. It’s a great cause and effect toy.
For a sustainable option, Green Toys are great for toddlers. Green Toys use recycled plastics to make their toys. They are durable and long lasting. Favorites are definitely the orange wagon and the new RV camper.
Hape Musical Whale Fountain
Bath toys are always a hit! The musical whale fountain attaches to the bottom of the tub and squirts water while the child plays music by touching each colored whale.
Children love stories and at this age, a new book also means quality time with you — it’s a win-win. You can’t go wrong with popular toddler titles like The Snowy Day, Brown Bear, Brown Bear or Good Night Moon.
While toys are always the talk of the season, don’t forget that the best gift you can give your child, regardless of age, is time with you. So after you’ve checked your list twice, don’t forget to snuggle up for some cozy time together enjoying the true magic of the holidays…each other.