10 Toys That Promote Attention

For kids to learn through play, they first have to be interested and be willing to pay attention. However, finding toys that can keep a child’s attention can be a challenge. Here I’ve created a list of 10 toys that will hopefully help do just that.

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Toy Ideas by Skill

Many times we are drawn to toys that are hot or in or look fun, or that we accidentally come across while shopping for other things. However, having a background in child development, I’ve learned to analyze toys and think about them differently and strategically. When I see a toy (and this works for almost every age group), I mentally put it into one of 11 categories that you’ll see below. Once I do that, I can decide whether or not that toy would benefit a child.

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Outdoor Toys

With summer right around the corner, kids will soon be spending more time outdoors. Here are some toy and game ideas to keep them entertained while staying active, and learning. 

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10 Crazy Cool Baby Toys

Choosing unique, engaging, and developmentally relevant toys for babies is important, but finding the right ones can be overwhelming and time-consuming. To help you get started, I did some research and put together this list of 10 cool baby toys that are also beneficial for development. Hope you enjoy!

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Travel Toys for Babies and Toddlers

So many of you have been asking for toy ideas that can keep kids quiet and engaged during car and plane rides. So, I've put together a list of toys that will hopefully do just that. You can click on the pictures to learn more about each toy. Hope you enjoy!:)

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Emotional Intelligence Games

Emotional Intelligence refers to the ability to identify, evaluate, control, and express emotions, and to also recognize and effectively respond to the emotional states of other people. Studies have shown that emotional intelligence is a greater predictor of success in life than high IQ alone.

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Yoga Games

Studies have shown that yoga is incredibly beneficial for our health. Aside from improving strength, flexibility, and balance., yoga can also teache discipline, provide stress relief, and help build self-esteem. The sooner children begin to learn about and practicing yoga the sooner they can reap the benefits. Here are some game ideas to help you introduce your kids to yoga. 

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21 Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-3)

With the holidays coming up, many of you have been asking for gift ideas for kids under 3. So I've put together a list of 21 toys that your babies and toddlers will love, and that you will love as well, because they all promote development. You can click on the pictures to learn more about the toys.

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7 Toys that are ALMOST as fun as Ipads.

We often use Ipads as the go-to toy at restaurants, waiting rooms, and car rides, Mostly because Ipads guarantee to keep kids sitting quietly and focused for long periods of time. But what if I told you that you can get the same result (well almost the same) with other toys?

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5 Questions to consider before purchasing a toy.

1) Why are you buying it?

If your answer is entertainment, then consider if it’s the best option for that. Toys can be cute, fun and also provide additional value.  A good toy can encourage your child to problem-solve, focus, think creatively, promote a motor milestone or enhance coordination. In other words, consider if the toy you're purchasing will inspire or challenge your child to grow?

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