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Today it is hard to walk around a toy store without finding hundreds of eye-catching toys, your toddlers will be begging you to buy. The problem is, the majority of these toys require batteries, have the use of sound, and therefore don’t foster true creativity and imagination the way toys did even 20 or 30 years ago.
I always suggest to families I work with to find simple toys, that toddlers can use to direct their play themselves, instead of toys that mesmerize them with lights and sounds. So, let’s explore some of the toys that your toddlers can use which will help foster creativity and imagination. That will encourage make-believe plat and help with problem-solving skills,
Of course, other things in the house can make great musical instruments – like a wooden spoon and some pots and pans. But it can also be fun to have some true musical instruments around the house.
Kids pretend household and garage tools.
Kids love to mimic what parents do and these sorts of tools can build imagination. They can pretend to be building stuff or have a whole pretend game that involves cleaning up someone’s mess. Or they might just love using their cleaning supplies next to you as you clean the house.
Whether it be plane building blocks or Lego, kids love to create their own structures. And toddlers love to knock them down as well,
Puppets really help with kids imagination. There is so much pretend play that can happen when a puppet is on their hand. And it is a wonderful thing for parents to be able to join in on as well.
There are so many wonderful benefits of Playdoh. Not only does it foster creativity and imagination but it also helps with fine motor skills and even pre-writing skills.
Now, which ones you buy will likely depend on your toddler’s age of course. But they can be quite fun for quite a few years.
Railway tracks and trains.
These have provided countless hours of fun for my kids, and really do promote creativity and use their imagination. My kids come up with elaborate tracks, come up with pretend stories about what their trains are doing and also have come up with games involving dice and the tracks.
I hope this helps you decide what to buy your children next time they need a new toy or even what to buy their friends the next time they’re invited to a birthday party. There are so many toys out there that we can be spoilt for choice!