Older toddlers & preschoolers learn by doing. Children this age are in constant motion as they develop language & play skills. The emergence of imaginative play & interactive, collaborative play comes to life in preschoolers. Start building your preschooler’s toy collection with these 14 must-have toys, and you will be well on your way to supporting the development of critical early language & play skills.
Developmentally appropriate and engaging toys directly impact interaction quality and are instrumental in facilitating early language and cognitive skills. As a parent and pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, I opt for the well-made, classic toy. Classic toys may not come with all the bells and whistles of the latest “learning” toy, but simplicity often leads to more quality interactions. After all, if the toy isn’t doing all the talking, there will be more opportunities for the parent and child to do the talking instead. It is within the context of the parent-child interaction, a positive and responsive learning experience is created. Sometimes simple toys really are best.