The following excerpts are from the National Network for
Child Care with recommendations for toys for Toddlers.
Toddlers are active and enjoy climbing, running, and jumping.
They need toys to meet these needs. They also are interested in doing things
with their hands as the small muscles in their fingers become more developed.
However, toys for this age group should be simple and require little
coordination. During this period, toddlers become interested in playing with
others and in imitating grown-up activities. Toys like dress-up clothes are
great for this!
Toddlers still put toys in their mouths, so you will need to
watch for objects with small parts. Also, watch out for items, such as paint
and chalk, as toddlers think it is great fun to eat these! Toys should be
sturdy and should not have sharp edges or points. Toddlers enjoy balloons, but
caregivers should be careful to keep uninflated or broken balloons out of
reach. A child could suffocate if these are swallowed.
Under the Green Roof Wood Toys specializes in made-to-order
wood letters, wood toys, wood animal “cars”, word art, personalized
wood toys and educational puzzles. We have all kinds of wooden toys,
wood cars, and wooden animals to choose from.
Our wooden toys are proudly made in the USA of durable woods
and non-toxic paints and finishes. In contrast to the recent headlines of
hundreds of thousands of toys recalled due to toxic lead paint finishes which
can be deadly for children, we make wood toys and puzzles that are fun,
beautiful and safe.
Our wood letters can be color coordinated with your child’s
room and bedding. You can choose the style of wood letter font, wood letter
colors and wood letter details.
Handpainted, colorful clocks, word art, peg racks, Scottie
shelves and turtle stools for children’s decor.
Our products are colorful and many can be personalized to be
that perfect gift for someone you love. Toddlers and children love to push and
pull toys with wheels and we have a beautiful selection from which to choose.
You can find everything from colorful wood puzzles and wood
letters for names (ideal for children with unusual names), to
elephants and alligators, all lovingly crafted at the workshop “Under the
All of our wood toys are locally handcrafted and
all of our wood toys, wood letters, and wood jumping jacks are finished in a
durable, non-toxic finish. With all the recent toy recalls, it is reassuring to
know you can buy our products without having to fear the dangers of lead paint
and other toxins.
Our wood toys, wood puzzles and wood letters
simple, solid construction
non-toxic paint and finishes
super smooth satin finish
no hidden nails or screws
guaranteed against manufacturing defects – simply contact us.
Coat racks with pegs to help keep things off
the floor in a variety of designs and colors. Personalized coat racks are also
available. Children love seeing their name in bright colors!
Children need playtime that gives them the opportunity to
use their own imagination. Our wood toys and wood puzzles give children the
chance to explore their own creativity.
Preschool-age children also are interested in active
physical play. They have more control of their muscles at this age and this can
be seen in the move from a tricycle to a two-wheel bike. Preschoolers also are
increasingly curious about the world around them. They enjoy realistic toys
such as farm and animal sets, grocery store prop boxes, model cars, and trains.
As hand coordination increases, so does the child’s interest
in simple construction sets and more difficult puzzles. They can manage more
difficult creative projects, and enjoy cutting and simple sewing projects, in
addition to the paint and play dough of earlier stages. Since children at this
age also are busy learning to read and write, give them play equipment that
Puzzles & Child
Development – Toys for Children
Solving puzzles is a great way for young children to develop
important hand-eye coordination and motor skills. The most basic of puzzles are
those which include shape sorting, whereby a child is required to manipulate
various shaped blocks and place them in the appropriately shaped slot. These
are suitable for children as young as one, and will help them develop very
basic problem solving skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
Introducing puzzles to children at a young age is an
enjoyable way for them to develop important manual dexterity, memory, and
coordination skills. As they get older, they will be able to advance to more
complicated puzzles promoting development of language and numeric skills. It is
important to help your child with puzzles initially. As they become more
comfortable with the idea of puzzles, they will be able to complete them on
their own, providing a rewarding experience for both you and your child. (1)
The next excerpt is from an article entitled “Puzzles
and Games for Preschoolers” from Family Education.
Puzzles help children learn to solve problems. By trying
several ways to fit a puzzle piece in place, they are learning the value of
flexible thinking, and of persistence. Their fine motor skills are sharpened by
manipulating the pieces and fitting them in their proper space. Putting
together a puzzle helps children actively practice important skills such as
inference, deductive reasoning, and the notion that whole objects are generally
made up of parts.
(wood or heavy cardboard):
These toys work well for the younger pre-schooler, providing
practice with eye/hand coordination, fine motor skills, and beginning
experience in problem solving. Toddlers learn that if a piece doesn’t fit one
way, it may fit another and ultimately will fit somewhere if they keep trying.
These will continue developing the previous concepts, but
older pre-schoolers will sharpen their skills by learning to look for more
details in exploring where the pieces go. Are there colors that go together?
Does part of the puzzle picture appear on one piece and have its match on
another? Can the edges of the puzzle help give it form? These are the
beginnings of developing strategies for accomplishing a task, which is a
crucial part of effective learning.