Having explored the importance of quality play, the types of toys that support healthy play and those that do not, let’s look now at specific toys for infants (0-12month olds). Today we will look at what’s immediately available, no purchase required. Next we will explore types of toys to consider purchasing.
Remember: children develop at different rates. These are general ideas for supporting child development through play.
Especially for young babies, you are their best toy! Make facial expressions, sing, dance, and gently move their body parts to a rhythm – these are the kinds of rich interactions that help them develop relationships and learn about the world around them.
Containers such as nesting measuring cups, shoe boxes, or empty milk jugs are wonderful for stacking, filling and dumping.
Big household objects like a laundry basket or large box make quick homemade fun for a baby to explore climbing into, pushing and pulling.
Interacting with your baby about what you hear, see and smell as you walk around your home or your neighborhood enriches your child’s experiences and vocabulary.
We’ve all heard accounts of baby’s favorite present being the box and tissue paper. What household objects proved favorite toys with children in your life? Share your memories.
Adapted from TRUCE Guide on Infant & Toddler Play, Toys & Media, with permission from the Child Life Council.