Chances are, you’ve played with Fisher Price’s toys at some point. It is a brand many of us grew up with, and a brand that I trust for my daughter Max. When I had Max I wanted to ensure that she plays with toys that are stimulating and educational, and to avoid having her sitting her in front of the TV for hours on end (I know that’s easier said than done).
I think that providing the right toys for your child can make a difference in their development. Children develop different cognitive skills and abilities as they grow and these help with the child’s ability to learn and solve problems. Children learn through play, investigating their environment and playing games that help make sense of these. They learn by using their senses of feel, listen, touch and taste. I have been using toys from the Fisher Price range for Max because they are durable, affordable and nurture her development.
Parents around the world have their own list of Fisher-Price favourites. These are three that stand out on my list:
Fisher-Price Newborn to Toddler Gym to grow with baby
Regular baby gyms are usually only useful before baby starts moving, I love the fact that the Fisher-Price Newborn to Toddler Gym is not just for newborns but it grows with the child as it offers three stages of play. It can be used as an activity gym where babies can lie on their back and develop motor skills by reaching for the toys which make sound. When your little one can sit, the gym can be converted to a ‘sit and play’ activity station. It can also be used once they are standing to hold onto and drop the balls through the tunnel. This Fisher-Price Play Gym can be purchased from Farmers NZ.
Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks
This is such a simple, yet effective toy. It is beneficial for babies to play with toys that are hands-on, interactive and require thinking skills. These blocks help improve fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, build strength in their fingers and hands and it’s something that we can both play with together. I use the blocks to teach Max colours and shapes, using the flash method (i.e. flash the block in front of her and say its colour and shape). These are available from the Warehouse.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Storybook Rhymes
Educational toys are great and they are even better when the child enjoys it. I love reading to Max and this book has activities and sounds on each page which keeps her entertained for long periods of time, which as some of you know is hard when it comes to younger children. This book is a great concept for a baby to learn about reading in a fun way. Unlike a paper book, they can chew on this and drop it as much as they want without damaging it. Super affordable and available from the Warehouse.
What other must-have toys would you recommend to new parents? Lx