These toys inspire children’s imaginations. Pots, pans, utensils, brooms and other safe household objects as well as dress-up clothes are great tools for pretend play and creativity.
Sand and water play encourage imaginative play, small motor development, and eye-hand coordination, understanding cause and effects. Art is also great to encourage self-expression and express their feelings.
Block play helps children learn to solve problems and to plan. Also offer simple props such as animals, vehicles, and fabric to stimulate imagination while children build their projects.
Puzzles promote problem-solving, flexible thinking and excellent tools for children to learn about parts and whole.
Everyday items in your household can also be excellent toys. Example: Amazon boxes, blankets, mommy’s shoes, rocks, shells, leaves, bottles… These simple items promote children’s initiative and illicit imagination in ways that commercial toys do not.