Great Toys – April 2015

Peek a book panda
This wooden panda baby toy loves to play peekaboo! Hear the click and clack as its paws flap up to cover the cheerful face, then push them down again to say, “Hello!” Even babies can bring about a big visual change with just a simple motion, so they’re encouraged to keep exploring as fine motor skills grow naturally.

Miz and match chunky puzzle
Place a top, middle, and bottom for each space in the wooden playboard to create over 100 possible characters, from a firefighter with a surgeon’s cap to a police officer cooking soup. Or remove the pieces from the board to stack them upright, and add even more creative possibilities! The sturdy wooden pieces are easy for kids to grasp and stack, nurturing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and imagination, too. Ask the child to count all the pieces. Tailor this activity to your child’s ability by creating small groups to count (three pieces in a single outfit or five middle pieces). Point to each of the people as you help the child name and describe each occupation. Switch several of the pieces so the outfits are mismatched. Then ask the child to put the people back together the correct way.

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