Toddler Educational Toys Can Make Learning Fun

Toddler educational toys can have many definitions. To put it simply, educational can mean that they are also developing skills. It could also refer to a child expanding their creativity and also exploring their imagination. Educational to me also means development. That is the ultimate goal, your toddler learning while playing.There are some really great games and toys on the market today for toddlers that are highly educational. I think these are fantastic for your child. Just always keep in mind that you want your toddler to have FUN while learning. You want them to always associate learning as FUN.If toddler educational toys can encourage your toddler to become interested in letters and Math skills, then they will carry that interest with them throughout the rest of their school years. It is about starting good habits to last a lifetime. I talk about this often. You start your child out young learning good habits.Toys can make learning FUN. If your toddler is excited and having FUN while playing, they are going to want to play more there fore learn more. Simple but true. I am speaking from experience Moms and Dads. I have a 3 year old and my husband and I have taken this approach and it has worked.When my son started pre-school, his teachers were blown away by what he already knew. From his colors to his shapes and even his numbers and counting. He started out ahead, because we helped prepare him for pre-school. The funny part about it was that JeNoah didn’t even know it. That is why it is important as parents to make the proper choices even in their toys. You know what else? He had just as much FUN when he played with his toys, or when he played video games. Just as much FUN but was learning at the same time. It just doesn’t get any better than that. I have a few tips and advice that will help you know what to look for when choosing toddler educational toys.What to look for when choosing Toddler Educational Toys:

Age Appropriate.You do not want to pick a toy that will be to difficult for your child to master. You do not want your toddler to become frustrated. You also do not want a toy that is too easy because then they may become bored. Again read the reviews on a toy before you purchase it. You know your toddler and know what their capable of.

The toy should be so much FUN that they want to play with it repeatedly. You know you have a winner when they keep going back to it and playing with it over and over. You just do not want your toddler getting bored. You don’t want them to associate learning as boring. So keep that in mind when choosing toys.
Last but not least I am going to give a list of some of my favorite toys for toddlers that my son loved and still loves. I feel that I did my best in picking out some great educational toys that were FUN at the same time. You can always do your research and ask other Moms and see what they may suggest.My Top pick of Educational Toys for Toddlers
Melissa and Doug Puzzles and Toys.

These toys are amazing!! You can’t believe how much Fun and educational these toys are. They have shape sorters and color puzzles. My son received as a gift this big puzzle that had tons of different doors on it with different latches. It taught him the skills to shut doors and lock them. It was great. Do your research, I guarantee you will not be disappointed with these products.

Leap Pads or any Leap Frog Products.

The variety with these toys is great. There are tons of different products for every age, from infants to grade school. You can even buy an infant Leap Pad that was really neat! This toy line has interactive stuffed animals, or even smaller inexpensive toys that are great for the diaper bag to take on the go. The fridge phonics magnetic letter set is SUPER! These toys are FUN and also provide a world full of learning at the same time.

V- Tech Laptops, Video Game Systems, and Interactive Toys.

Any of the V-tech products are great!! My son received a train set for Christmas one year and it was amazing. It taught him colors, numbers and shapes all in one. He loved it and it became one of his favorites. He still plays with it to this day. Their V-Smile and V-motion play systems have the fun of playing video games while learning at the same time!! How great is that? This company has some great toddler educational toys and you should be encouraged to check them all out. They have a wide variety of products for older children as well.The ability to learn is one of the best gifts you could ever give your child, the ability to want to learn and have FUN while doing so. So I realize how important toddler educational toys are to my child’s development. I hope that you enjoyed my tips and advice on this important issue. We want the best for our children. When your toddler has FUN while learning, you will be happy with the end result. We have to start them out learning good habits early, especially with their education.

Early Education Tips – The 7 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make in Promoting Readiness to Learn

Learning toys for toddlers and developmental educational activities are important for encouraging and developing the naturally inquisitive minds of the youngest children. However, even if you are a conscientious parent who buys the most highly rated toys and books, there are critical mistakes that you are probably making that could keep your child from being ready to learn.
You have probably heard at least some of these, but here are 7 of the most common mistakes along with positive, corrective steps that you or caregivers in your child’s life can take to help your toddler or pre-schooler become an enthusiastic learner.
Mistake 1:  Not Reading to Your Child Every Day
Solution: Read to your child at least 20 minutes a day. Discuss each book that your child reads while you are reading together. This reading time doesn’t have to be all at once. At home, we have a set of 5-Minute Bedtime Stories books that essentially are summary plots from my youngest son’s favorite movies (Cars, Finding Nemo, and more). It’s easy to pick one up and get some quality reading time in with him, even when I’m busy and working under deadlines.Mistake 2: Buying the Wrong Kinds of Books
Solution: Buy and read picture books with your child. Make sure your child’s books have lots of pictures! A recent study by researchers from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University  (Gelman, Waxman and Kleinberg 2008) has found that the very common parent-child activity of picture-book reading may be the most effective way to encourage early knowledge and cognitive development.
Mistake 3: Hiding Books from Kids
Solution: Keep all kinds of reading materials around the house. While it’s great to keep a tidy house, leave the books out! Make it easy for your child to find something to read. When growing up, all of my mother’s books were easily available on bookshelves in the living room. I was exposed to many books – some of which I didn’t understand at four and five, but it sure encouraged my love of reading. As I got older, I re-read the books I was exposed to at a much younger age.
Mistake 4: Reading in Private
Solution: Make sure your child sees you read regularly each day. Don’t make taking time out to read a personal activity or quiet time for you alone. Don’t just read in your bed after your child has gone to sleep or before they wake up. Let them see that you love to read!
Mistake 5: Not telling stories to your child
Solution: Tell stories to your children all the time. Often, we get into a mindset where we are always lecturing our children. At the earliest ages, we tell them how to go to the potty, to be careful, to play nicely and that carries into the teenage years when the stakes are even higher. Get into the habit now of talking to your children about the things you see or people you meet during the day. Share your opinions about current affairs and your personal challenges and triumphs. As you’ve often heard, the toddler mind is like a sponge-I swear the more stories I tell my  youngest son, a two-year old, the more his vocabulary grows!
Mistake 6: Not watching TV with your child
Solution: Of course you have heard that you should limit TV watching, especially for children under two years old. It’s probably more important to be wary of the kinds of shows your child watches. Even cartoons on kid networks can be racy or bizarre.  But no matter what you allow your child to watch, don’t let them watch TV alone. There are so many images and messages that they are exposed to during television shows and commercials. Watch shows together and explain what they are seeing. It’s a wonderful learning opportunity.
Mistake 7: Not encouraging and participating in unstructured play
Solution: Encourage and participate in unstructured play with your child. Over the past two decades, research has consistently shown that highly structured learning environments work in opposition to the natural learning processes of pre-school children. Unstructured, self-directed play at that age-range leads to the development of problem solving, literacy, creativity and social skills.