Playing with your toddler is messy, fun and an integral part of their development. Your little one will have become much more active, and from their very first steps, they’ll be keen to explore the world around them.

What’s the best way to play with my toddler?

From 12-24 months of age, your child is undergoing significant stages in their development. Games and toys designed to help them develop their understanding of emotions, their language skills, and their coordination are the perfect mix of educational and fun.

 

What type of toys suit toddlers?

To help with the initial stages of learning to stand on their own two feet and move around, a baby walker is going to be their new best friend. The Kiddimoto London Bus Ride On Walker looks like a quirky red London bus and is ideal for supporting your little one and building their confidence as they learn to walk.

Let them burn off some energy on the Little Bird Told Me Hobnob Rocking Horse and develop their muscle strength at the same time. Alternatively, you could pop them in the Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike for some three-wheeled adventures! This trike is versatile enough to grow with your baby and comes with adjustable features to keep them safe at every stage.

A tea set or kitchen equipment is fantastic for introducing some basic life skills to your toddler, as well as improving their coordination and dexterity. Teach them about social etiquette by setting up their very own tea party.

This adorable Le Toy Van Honeybake Tea Set will do just nicely.

As well as physical development, your toddler will be learning to recognise emotions and sounds. Choose from our fantastic selection of toddler activity books and bring the stories to life using facial expressions, the tone of your voice and sounds to capture their imagination.

Don’t forget to bring some playtime into the bathroom too.

These Munchkin Water Falls Bath Toy make bathtimes full of fun and help develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination too.

 

How can I make sure playtime is safe for my toddler?

Playtime safety is of paramount importance to all parents of toddlers. Now that your little one is mobile, it’s essential to keep a close eye on them at all times and minimise any potential for harm.

A playpen is an excellent way to keep your toddler contained and make playtime relaxing for all involved, check out this Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Playpen.

Choking is a common hazard for toddlers since they like to put things in their mouth. Foam is a choking hazard, so if you’re using indoor foam balls, bear this in mind. You should always use age-appropriate toys with your little one.

Making sure playtime is as safe as possible for your toddler will ensure you have wonderful memories to cherish forever.

 

 

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About the author: Lucy

Lucy is our youngest regular contributor at 24 and has recently welcomed her first child, Charlotte, only 3 months ago. As a single mum living in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, she's a huge fan of photography, cycling, and all things DIY - when she has time, of course.

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