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Developmentally Appropriate Toys

Here are lots of ideas for the types of toys your child may enjoy and that will promote their development. Remember, anything can be used as a toy and the best play comes from being creative and open to your child’s interests.


Freestyle Play

  • Balls (all different kinds and sizes)
  • Farm set
  • Blocks (wooden)
  • Books
  • Bubbles (adult supervised)
  • Cars and trucks
  • Doll and doll accessories
  • Giant Legos


Busy Body Toddler Play

  • Plastic grocery cart and grocery props
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Blocks
  • Kitchen sets
  • Toy tools and tool set
  • Trains, cars, trucks
  • Dolls and doll accessories
  • Stuffed animals and props (tea set, wagon)
  • Farm animals and people
  • Puzzles
  • Doctor’s kit
  • Art supplies
  • Puzzles
  • Pull-toys
  • Ride-on toys
  • Toddler-size clean up toys

Household Items

  • Dress-up clothes
  • Muffin tins
  • Tupperware
  • Plastic plates
  • Socks, scarves, etc.

Arts and Crafts

  • Cardboard, paper
    Glue sticks
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