Children at 1 year share common characteristics that we can use as a guideline for choosing appropriate toys. Focusing on every aspect of their growth and development is very important. At this age they are increasingly curious and love to explore. They are developing fine motor skills and are able to control grasping and releasing. Some may even exhibit preference of either left or right dominant hand.
Nourishing the creative and expressive self is essential. This can instill self-assurance and enhance both creative thinking and problem solving skills. This can be accomplished by providing our little ones toys and other art materials that will allow them to express their selves. But we have to keep in mind that these materials should be appropriately sized for their grips. It should be light yet sturdy and most importantly, it should be non-toxic, because toddlers at this age have the propensity for exploring objects orally. The following toys are made for 1 year old to enhance creativity.
- Large easy-to-grip crayons – These are large crayons specifically made for small hands. Allows them to learn color recognition and be able to help the express themselves through simple scribbling.
- Washable water markers – Since children this age not only love to write on paper but on walls and every surface they can find as well, washable markers are convenient way to have a little artist yet being able to clean up easily.
- Large and different colored sheets of paper – Different colored papers to write on attracts child’s interest, remember during this age they have a short attention span, being attracted to such objects is essential to keep a 1 year engaged to the activity.
- Dress up with accessories – Simple dress up toys can enhance creativity and sense of style of 1 year olds. You just have to make sure that it doesn’t contain any small objects that are choking hazards.
Simple objects around a toddler can enhance learning; it doesn’t have to be expensive and stylish, for as long as toys or an object holds child interest learning takes place.
Inspire creativity and independent play with these creative toys age appropriate for one to two year olds.
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