You build a tower of blocks, then knock it down, and then build it up again. It’s fun… and, when you’re a young child, it’s essential for your development. Let your toddler learn through exploring, playing and experimenting. These are the toys that’ll let them do this.

 

BLOCKS, SHAPE SORTERS, PLAY DOUGH, LACING TOYS

These toy shop basics will improve your child’s concentration, problem-solving and fine motor skills. Learning to use their hands helps toddlers become more independent with everyday things such as brushing their teeth, opening doors, doing up zips and eventually, learning how to write.

 

BALLS AND BALANCE BIKES

Every parent wants to see their child being active and running around outside, but besides staying fit and healthy, playing with a ball helps with hand-eye coordination, timing and attention. Pick out balls in different sizes, colours and textures. Lightweight balance bikes are the latest must-have because they teach children as young as two, to balance on their own. Your kids will love whizzing around knowing that they can easily put their feet on the ground when they need to.

 

DOLLS, KITCHEN SETS, TOY PHONES, DRESS-UP CLOTHES

Pretend play encourages children to use their imagination. Toddlers can practise real-life situations and social skills, and use expressive language when they create their own crazy characters. Your toddler will also be interested in playing with “real” stuff, like toy food, or having a conversation on a cellphone… just like Mom and Dad.

 

LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS!

Storytime should be fun and interactive and an activity you do with your toddler every day. Point out objects, ask them what colour something is and be very expressive. Make sure your collection includes board books with flaps and textures that your toddler can look at on their own as well.

 

TIME TO PLAY!

Invest in educational toys that will help your little one grow and develop. You can use your RCS Card at any Toys R Us store, or in the RCS shopping network of over 21 000 retailers… including South Africa’s leading toy shops!