December 2017

Which Toys for my Child?

Christmas is coming and you are still looking for a gift idea for your child? Here Groupe Babilou gives you a few ideas based on your child’s needs!

Imitating, building, taking apart, creating… children transform their daily actions into games. While playing, children will not only test their skills on toys but develop new ones. However, as a parent, faced with the number of choices, it is sometimes difficult to find toys adapted to your children’s needs. Here are some ideas for children according to their stage of development.

Motor and Sensory Games

Motor and sensory games allow children to explore various sensory information in order to enhance movements while avoiding too much stimulation. Thus, games with different textures or sounds will allow children to experiment and test them (hard/soft, soft/rough, white/black).

When little ones are put on their back: light and easy to catch rattles and balls of different materials are recommended. Before 4 months old, babies do not focus on the details of the objects, so it is essential to choose toys with 2 or 3 different colors maximum.

Children who can roll over on their own: soft books and sensory balls will help children to explore their sense of touch.

Children starting to crawl: tunnels, ball pools and sensory plates are perfect toys to allow children to test their new skills.

Children starting to pull themselves up and learning to walk: a “push car” or objects to push and pull will allow children to test their strengths and build self-confidence before they start to  walk. Be careful not to confuse push toys with “baby-walkers” which are not recommended.

Children walking: a tricycle, or a “strider bike” for children around 2 years of age will allow them to test their balance.

These games are therefore recommended to allow children to explore, discover and test their motor skills and feel comfortable in their bodies.

Throughout their childhood, music will have an essential place in the child’s development.

Imitation Games

It is by imitating adults that children learn and grow: play pretend cooking, changing the diaper of a doll… As of 18 months old, all objects from daily live allow children to explore and re-enact what they see during the day such as “telephone”, “stroller”, “boxes”, etc.

By playing dress up, children become a firefighter or a super hero.

By the end of the 3rd year, creative materials such as sand, modelling clay or paints, will encourage children to develop fine motor skills and their imagination.

These games enable children to discover the world around them and better understand their environment.

Building Toys

When children are able to remain sited, cups, cubes, blocks, help them learn how to build and take apart and rebuild.

Gradually, you will be able to adapt the games offered with “big to small size legos”, “magnets”, etc…

By 2 or 3 years of age, children will begin to sort objects by shape, colour or size. This is the beginning of mathematics! At this age, they will also experiment with puzzles.

Board Games

Board games interest children who are 4 or 5 years old when they start to understand the idea of “each his turn”. A wide range of games are available. However, we recommend simple and popular family games such as Memory, Dominoes and Bingo.

In conclusion, don’t be disappointed or surprised if your child is having more fun with the wrapping paper and the box rather than with the gift itself. Very often, the child develops his skills with simple objects (filling/emptying a box).