Best toys for growth and development

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Best toys for growth and development

Parents really want to know what types of toys to buy for their toddler and I encourage them to think active child, passive toy. We want the child to be the battery, not the toy. So think about looking around your house first and coming up with some creative ideas. For example, a bowl today can be something to put all the toys in, but a bowl tomorrow can be something that they stir, and the bowl the next day can be something that they pound on like a drum. So that will help you choose the right toys. So think of eye-hand coordination, or thinking about skill building with toddlers, eye-hand coordination, trucks and trains. And let your child make the noises, you make the noises. Think of pretend and toys that are there to help build imagination. So a doll baby and you're feeding the doll baby, or you're feeding the teddy, you're wrapping the teddy. Things that encourage activity, such as pushing a little cart, riding a little bicycle, pushing a little scooter. Think of building blocks because one day you can build a house, the next day I can build a farm, the next day I can build a road. So really think what toys can be used to build different types of skills that you're looking for in your child, creativity, imagination; that's what you're looking for when you're looking for toys for toddlers.

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Donna Holloran, MSW

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Donna Holloran moved to Los Angeles from Indianapolis in 1984 to pursue her graduate education and to continue building on her passion---working with young children and their families.  After attaining her MSW from UCLA, Donna also received a Certification in Infant Mental Health.  She practices as a parent educator and child development specialist. In 1996, Donna founded Babygroup in Santa Monica, California.

Babygroup provides guidance and insight to parents of infants and young children in small, intimate parent-child groups, inspiring parents to recognize and respond appropriately to their child’s developmental needs. Babygroup is also about developing strong friendships for parents and children, resulting in a true community of support.

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