Great toys for toddlers that will stimulate minds and encourage creativity
Julia Minchin, Founder, entrepreneur and baby and toddler specialist, built her business, Hippychick, some twenty years ago. Still going strong (as are many of its toys), Hippychick’s heart has always been in providing quality toys for 0-3s, that are not only beautifully stylish and built to last, but also promote active play and encourage creativity.
With the possibility of self-isolation for families becoming ever more a reality, and under 5s the most notoriously difficult age group to entertain for prolonged periods, Hippychick is here to help helping parents to find solutions for getting through these challenging times.
‘Our message to parents is that they shouldn’t necessarily fear quarantine in their own homes but see it as a potential benefit and a time for spending genuine quality time together’ she said.
Here are some ideas for making parents’ journeys over the next few weeks a little less daunting.
If you want to start your child out early on a journey to be a surgeon, pilot or any profession that requires excellent hand-eye co-ordination skills, this colourful game offers the perfect solution. The Crocodile Balancing Game is designed to build this skill, as well as hone fine motor skills and stimulate shape recognition, as your child uses the colourful wooden blocks to balance the friendly crocodile.
Age Suitability: 3 years +
Good for: Hand-eye co-ordination, developing fine motor skills, encouraging shape recognition, balance
Take your children on a marine adventure with this fishing game from Classic World. It offers two different challenges. Firstly, you can fish to get points. Secondly, you flip the "ocean" over to find a matching game on the reverse.
Little ones will love this colourful game which is simple to play and ideal for encouraging concentration and dexterity.
Presented in a beautifully decorated tin, you can store this game away when not in use, without losing the pieces.
Age Suitability: 18 months +
Good for: hand-eye co-ordination, team play, memory
Made from a food-grade platinum silicone, Dena toys can be stacked, bent, squeezed, thrown, chewed, sucked, stretched and pulled.
Dena is a brand new, intelligent, educational toy brand that’s shaping the future of the toy market with its flexible design and variety of uses.
Platinum silicone, the material from which Dena is made, is a soft, strong, bacteria resistant, hypoallergenic and BPA-free material and 100% safe. It is entirely suitable for use from birth onwards. It also resists temperatures from minus 60º C to 220º C and so be used for baking, for freezing and in the dishwasher.
And most importantly, for many parents who still bear the scars of more established brands, Dena doesn’t hurt if you accidentally tread on it. And neither will it break or snap.
Choose from the Dena Rainbow, or the signature stacking sets in either 2, 3, 6, 12 or 18 pieces, all available in super bright neon or on trend pastels.
Age suitability: from birth
Good for: Teething, Cooking, Food separation, building, imaginative play
As a game dominoes date back as far as the 12th century. since then, they have become one of the most hugely popular and versatile gaming implements ever devised by man, played by kings, presidents and commoners alike! This 105-piece set of dominoes is a great way to start infants out on their personal, dominoes journey, adding vibrant colour, as well as a few teddy bears thrown in for extra appeal. Let your child experiment in all sorts of different ways with these blocks, stacking them, building bridges and collapsing them.
Age suitability: 18 months +
Good for: hand-eye co-ordination, dexterity, colour recognition, patience, focus and concentration
Inflatable toys in a variety of designs including horses and unicorns, Happy Hopperz won’t damage the furniture but they will help your toddlers to burn off excess energy in a confined space as they bounce around. Get two and let them indulge in some whacky happy hopperz races. Giddy up.
Age Suitability: 12 months +
Good for: Burning off excess energy, balance, co-ordination, muscle strengthening
Let your children learn how to spell words with the magnetic letters on the whiteboard, or switch to the chalk board and encourage them to nurture their artistic skills with a multi activity tabletop easel. A perfect solution for families with confined spaces for play as it sits on a table and can be stored flat when not in use.
Age suitability: 3 years +
Good for: literary skills, artistic skills
There’s very little this toy can’t do (bar the washing up). Kids can use it as a sturdy base for learning to walk as well as enjoy all sorts of inclusive games and activities - sorting blocks, puzzle, changing the time on the clock and turning the cogs. They can even create music with a built-in xylophone.
Age suitability: 12 months +
Good for: toddlers learning to walk; hand-eye co-ordination, dexterity
For encouraging role play, Moover Prams offer a wealth of possibilities. This beautifully designed pram teaches children how to parent from a young age will nurture their caring skills and encourage them to mimic a parents’ behaviour with their toys. Moover Prams also have rubberised, shock-absorbent wheels so won’t ruin floors and furniture! Parents will also love the fact that they come ready assembled so no need to reach for their specs and a screwdriver.
Age Suitability: 2 years +
Good for: Building nurturing skills, co-ordination
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