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Activity Sets for Your Toddlers to Learn While Playing

Posted on June 22 2020

Your toddlers can develop important skills with activity sets, books and toys.

 

Encourage your toddlers to develop various important skills in their lives with these fun activity sets, books and toys to have fun while learning.

As your children enter toddlerhood, start them on a fun learning journey so they can develop social and emotional, communication, cognitive and motor skills. These fun toys, activity sets and books will spark their imagination so they can quickly pick up new skills.

 

 

1 Year

Social and Emotional Development

Children can broaden their vocabulary from simple syllables as you read to them.

 

By one year old, most children will have further developed their skills. Beginning with social and emotional milestones, these might include being shy or nervous around strangers, crying when separate from mum or dad, and showing fear in some situations. Moreover, they will also be more interactive, such as handing you a book because they want to hear a story, or getting your attention by repeating sounds and actions. Other examples include playing simple games such as the perennial favourite “peekaboo” or “pat-a-cake”, or they may put out an arm or leg when you’re dressing them.

 

 

Communication

At this age, children can respond to simple verbal requests, by using simple gestures like shaking their heads or waving. In terms of their speech, the sounds they make have varying tones, and they’ll probably start saying their first words like “mama” and “dada”. They may also start to mimic the words you say at this time.

 

Aside from daily conversations with your little ones, you can also read to them. Help them increase their vocabulary with DK Books’ My First series ($12.50 to $15), teaching them about pets, vehicles and farm animals. Other books for this age group include the Little Jellycat Tails Book ($32.90), where your little ones can grasp onto the different animal tails, all in super soft fabric. These interactive short books are great for children with limited attention spans, and the visually stimulating pictures may help your children recognise patterns easily.

 

 

Cognitive

With water on a paintbrush, children can bring pictures to life - even if their colouring skills aren’t precise.

 

Aside from copying your words, they might also mimic your gestures. Furthermore, they’ll start exploring things by shaking, banging and throwing them, and finding hidden things. At this stage, they can also use things correctly, or identify the right picture or thing. They can also follow simple directions, poke with their index fingers, and put things in and out of a container

 

 

Motor Skills

Finally, regarding movement, they can sit on their own and pull up to stand, and can walk while holding furniture. Additionally, they may be able to take a few steps independently and may stand on their own.

 

To train their fine motor skills, try the Tiger Tribe Magic Paint World ($11.92). Children don’t have to be precise in colouring - with water on a paintbrush they can discover hidden pictures which will disappear once dry for recolouring. Otherwise, let them practice stacking items with Janod’s Deli and Racing Round Stacking Pyramids ($23.92), or the Green Toys Block Set ($25). See the full list of age-appropriate toys here.

 

 

2 Years

Social and Emotional Development

Using age-appropriate books that have visually stimulating images and easy-to-turn pages, pique your children’s interest in reading.

 

During this age, they begin to be more independent, which also means that they will definitely be more disobedient than before and continually try to do things against their parents’ requests to test what happens. In accordance with this, they’ll also have tantrums when frustrated. In interactions with others, they’ll be happy to play near or with other kids, and imitate what the kids and adults do and say. Between 18 to 24 months, they’ll also feel separation anxiety. Between two and three years, they’ll become more aware of their identity as a person.

 

 

Communication

From two to three years old, your toddlers will be able to comprehend a lot of what you say to them, and they’ll also talk more. Some words they will understand include words for people, everyday objects and body parts. At two years old they can combine sentences of two to four words, including nouns and verbs. By the time they reach their third birthday, their vocabulary should expand to more than 200 words and they’ll also start using plurals and basic pronouns. As they become more curious, they’ll also start asking questions like “What’s that” and the popular “Why” and repeat words they hear.

 

One great option to tell engaging stories to your toddlers is by using Melissa & Doug Playful Pets Hand Puppets ($26.32), which can help improve their communication skills. Otherwise, another option is the EZ Page Turner Book Bundle ($17.52), with a set of four early learning concept books. Each of these books have 12 pages, featuring themes like colors, shapes, counting and mommies & babies, with colourful illustrations.

 

 

Cognitive

Toddlers can train their cognitive and motor skills with the Oribel Vertiplay sets.

 

At this time, toddlers also start developing their thinking skills and finding new ways to solve problems, while showing their independence. As they grow, they’ll also enjoy more complex pretend play, talk about things that happened in the past, and follow two-step directions. During playtime, they can do three to four-piece puzzles and group toys according to their type, colour and size. Moreover, they can also start reciting their favourite books and nursery rhymes together with you.

 

 

Motor Skills

At two years old, toddlers will develop their gross and fine motor skills. Some gross motor skills they should be able to achieve including walking, running and beginning to jump with both feet. Others include pulling or carrying toys while walking, catching, throwing and kicking a ball, standing on tiptoes and balancing on one foot. Furthermore, they’ll also be able to climb on furniture, and walk up stairs holding the railing.

 

In terms of fine motor skills, they should be able to start doing basic tasks like brushing their teeth and their hair, as well as turning on the tap to wash their hands. They can also begin to learn how to fasten snaps and zip up, but may require your assistance to initially connect the zips. Instead of making a fist when holding utensils and crayons, they can now grasp them with their fingers.

Promoting standing up and reducing floor clutter, Oribel Vertiplay is great to stimulate toddlers’ cognitive development and motor skills. Examples of tasks in these activity sets include playing on a vertical xylophone, a squirrel house puzzle and spinning the wheels of a train ($29.90 to $39.90). Find the full collection of activities and toys for two-year-olds here.

 

 

3 Years

Social and Emotional Development

Increase your children’s vocabulary with the wide range of Little Miss and Mr Men series.

 

When going to preschool or staying at home with a caregiver, children should have less tantrums, as they become more independent. Children can now imitate parents and friends, show affection for those closer to them, show a wide range of emotions and have a broad imagination.

 

 

Communication

Between three to four years old, they increase their vocabulary exponentially to about 500 words, and they can answer simple questions. At this age, they can speak in sentences, first with five to six words and later in complete sentences at four years old. Additionally, they can clearly tell stories, although they may not be fully comprehensible until age four.

 

Broaden their vocabulary with the story-based Little Miss or Mr Men series ($6.90), with fun tales of the characters’ adventures. Children can also create stories with the Janod Mini Story series ($19.92). Using the various characters, such as knights, a horse and a dragon, children can make up their own fantastical stories.

 

 

Cognitive

Toddlers can develop their cognitive and motor skills with toys like puzzles and playing with toy vehicles.

 

Be prepared for more questions during this age range, including a potentially endless litany of “Why” questions. Other than this, they should be able to name colours, understand the concept of “same” and “different”, while being able to compare sizes. Hence, they should be able to sort objects by shape and colour, identify common objects and pictures, and count. Additionally, they become more imaginative, and can now remember parts of stories. While being able to complete age-appropriate puzzles, they can also follow three-part commands and understand time better.

 

 

Motor Skills

At this age, children will be able to walk up and down stairs with alternating feet, kick, throw and catch a ball, climb, run and ride a tricycle, and hop and stand on a single foot for up to five seconds. With improved balance, they can walk backwards and forwards easily, bend over without falling, and can assist in putting on and removing their clothing.

 

Your little ones can now handle small objects, including turning book pages, use child-safe scissors, copy squares and circles, draw a basic person with two to four body parts, and write some capital letters. In addition, they can also build a tower with four or more blocks, open jar lids and turn rotating handles.

Develop your children’s growing math and science skills with the Learning Resources Activity Sets ($79 to $99). Choose from two - the first features a set of magnets, fruit counters and wooden blocks, while the other features puppies with rhyming words, ocean animals and colour mixing glasses. Other activity sets ($59) include those from Melissa & Doug. These may include the Color Blast Princesses, Toss Salad Set, Abacus Add & Subtract, Loop It! Safari Puppets Craft Kit and the Wash & Trim Dog Groomer. More age-appropriate toys can be found here.

 

 

Try these range of activities and toys for four and five-year-olds. Other useful reads include Homeschooling and House Bound Activities.

Your toddlers can develop important skills with activity sets, books and toys.

 

Encourage your toddlers to develop various important skills in their lives with these fun activity sets, books and toys to have fun while learning.

As your children enter toddlerhood, start them on a fun learning journey so they can develop social and emotional, communication, cognitive and motor skills. These fun toys, activity sets and books will spark their imagination so they can quickly pick up new skills.

 

 

1 Year

Social and Emotional Development

Children can broaden their vocabulary from simple syllables as you read to them.

 

By one year old, most children will have further developed their skills. Beginning with social and emotional milestones, these might include being shy or nervous around strangers, crying when separate from mum or dad, and showing fear in some situations. Moreover, they will also be more interactive, such as handing you a book because they want to hear a story, or getting your attention by repeating sounds and actions. Other examples include playing simple games such as the perennial favourite “peekaboo” or “pat-a-cake”, or they may put out an arm or leg when you’re dressing them.

 

 

Communication

At this age, children can respond to simple verbal requests, by using simple gestures like shaking their heads or waving. In terms of their speech, the sounds they make have varying tones, and they’ll probably start saying their first words like “mama” and “dada”. They may also start to mimic the words you say at this time.

 

Aside from daily conversations with your little ones, you can also read to them. Help them increase their vocabulary with DK Books’ My First series ($12.50 to $15), teaching them about pets, vehicles and farm animals. Other books for this age group include the Little Jellycat Tails Book ($32.90), where your little ones can grasp onto the different animal tails, all in super soft fabric. These interactive short books are great for children with limited attention spans, and the visually stimulating pictures may help your children recognise patterns easily.

 

 

Cognitive

With water on a paintbrush, children can bring pictures to life - even if their colouring skills aren’t precise.

 

Aside from copying your words, they might also mimic your gestures. Furthermore, they’ll start exploring things by shaking, banging and throwing them, and finding hidden things. At this stage, they can also use things correctly, or identify the right picture or thing. They can also follow simple directions, poke with their index fingers, and put things in and out of a container

 

 

Motor Skills

Finally, regarding movement, they can sit on their own and pull up to stand, and can walk while holding furniture. Additionally, they may be able to take a few steps independently and may stand on their own.

 

To train their fine motor skills, try the Tiger Tribe Magic Paint World ($11.92). Children don’t have to be precise in colouring - with water on a paintbrush they can discover hidden pictures which will disappear once dry for recolouring. Otherwise, let them practice stacking items with Janod’s Deli and Racing Round Stacking Pyramids ($23.92), or the Green Toys Block Set ($25). See the full list of age-appropriate toys here.

 

 

2 Years

Social and Emotional Development

Using age-appropriate books that have visually stimulating images and easy-to-turn pages, pique your children’s interest in reading.

 

During this age, they begin to be more independent, which also means that they will definitely be more disobedient than before and continually try to do things against their parents’ requests to test what happens. In accordance with this, they’ll also have tantrums when frustrated. In interactions with others, they’ll be happy to play near or with other kids, and imitate what the kids and adults do and say. Between 18 to 24 months, they’ll also feel separation anxiety. Between two and three years, they’ll become more aware of their identity as a person.

 

 

Communication

From two to three years old, your toddlers will be able to comprehend a lot of what you say to them, and they’ll also talk more. Some words they will understand include words for people, everyday objects and body parts. At two years old they can combine sentences of two to four words, including nouns and verbs. By the time they reach their third birthday, their vocabulary should expand to more than 200 words and they’ll also start using plurals and basic pronouns. As they become more curious, they’ll also start asking questions like “What’s that” and the popular “Why” and repeat words they hear.

 

One great option to tell engaging stories to your toddlers is by using Melissa & Doug Playful Pets Hand Puppets ($26.32), which can help improve their communication skills. Otherwise, another option is the EZ Page Turner Book Bundle ($17.52), with a set of four early learning concept books. Each of these books have 12 pages, featuring themes like colors, shapes, counting and mommies & babies, with colourful illustrations.

 

 

Cognitive

Toddlers can train their cognitive and motor skills with the Oribel Vertiplay sets.

 

At this time, toddlers also start developing their thinking skills and finding new ways to solve problems, while showing their independence. As they grow, they’ll also enjoy more complex pretend play, talk about things that happened in the past, and follow two-step directions. During playtime, they can do three to four-piece puzzles and group toys according to their type, colour and size. Moreover, they can also start reciting their favourite books and nursery rhymes together with you.

 

 

Motor Skills

At two years old, toddlers will develop their gross and fine motor skills. Some gross motor skills they should be able to achieve including walking, running and beginning to jump with both feet. Others include pulling or carrying toys while walking, catching, throwing and kicking a ball, standing on tiptoes and balancing on one foot. Furthermore, they’ll also be able to climb on furniture, and walk up stairs holding the railing.

 

In terms of fine motor skills, they should be able to start doing basic tasks like brushing their teeth and their hair, as well as turning on the tap to wash their hands. They can also begin to learn how to fasten snaps and zip up, but may require your assistance to initially connect the zips. Instead of making a fist when holding utensils and crayons, they can now grasp them with their fingers.

Promoting standing up and reducing floor clutter, Oribel Vertiplay is great to stimulate toddlers’ cognitive development and motor skills. Examples of tasks in these activity sets include playing on a vertical xylophone, a squirrel house puzzle and spinning the wheels of a train ($29.90 to $39.90). Find the full collection of activities and toys for two-year-olds here.

 

 

3 Years

Social and Emotional Development

Increase your children’s vocabulary with the wide range of Little Miss and Mr Men series.

 

When going to preschool or staying at home with a caregiver, children should have less tantrums, as they become more independent. Children can now imitate parents and friends, show affection for those closer to them, show a wide range of emotions and have a broad imagination.

 

 

Communication

Between three to four years old, they increase their vocabulary exponentially to about 500 words, and they can answer simple questions. At this age, they can speak in sentences, first with five to six words and later in complete sentences at four years old. Additionally, they can clearly tell stories, although they may not be fully comprehensible until age four.

 

Broaden their vocabulary with the story-based Little Miss or Mr Men series ($6.90), with fun tales of the characters’ adventures. Children can also create stories with the Janod Mini Story series ($19.92). Using the various characters, such as knights, a horse and a dragon, children can make up their own fantastical stories.

 

 

Cognitive

Toddlers can develop their cognitive and motor skills with toys like puzzles and playing with toy vehicles.

 

Be prepared for more questions during this age range, including a potentially endless litany of “Why” questions. Other than this, they should be able to name colours, understand the concept of “same” and “different”, while being able to compare sizes. Hence, they should be able to sort objects by shape and colour, identify common objects and pictures, and count. Additionally, they become more imaginative, and can now remember parts of stories. While being able to complete age-appropriate puzzles, they can also follow three-part commands and understand time better.

 

 

Motor Skills

At this age, children will be able to walk up and down stairs with alternating feet, kick, throw and catch a ball, climb, run and ride a tricycle, and hop and stand on a single foot for up to five seconds. With improved balance, they can walk backwards and forwards easily, bend over without falling, and can assist in putting on and removing their clothing.

 

Your little ones can now handle small objects, including turning book pages, use child-safe scissors, copy squares and circles, draw a basic person with two to four body parts, and write some capital letters. In addition, they can also build a tower with four or more blocks, open jar lids and turn rotating handles.

Develop your children’s growing math and science skills with the Learning Resources Activity Sets ($79 to $99). Choose from two - the first features a set of magnets, fruit counters and wooden blocks, while the other features puppies with rhyming words, ocean animals and colour mixing glasses. Other activity sets ($59) include those from Melissa & Doug. These may include the Color Blast Princesses, Toss Salad Set, Abacus Add & Subtract, Loop It! Safari Puppets Craft Kit and the Wash & Trim Dog Groomer. More age-appropriate toys can be found here.

 

 

Try these range of activities and toys for four and five-year-olds. Other useful reads include Homeschooling and House Bound Activities.