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The best toddler toys 2008 for 3 to 5 years (Part 2)

Posted on: September 24, 2008

Below is the second part article of the best toddler toys 2008 for 3 to 5 years:

#6 My First LEGO DUPLO Set

Blocks, which are sturdy and colorful, are very interesting to play by all age and gender. These ones are the first set for 18 months to 5 years toddlers since these ones are bigger and safe in terms of choking hazard. Besides, they are less likely to get lost and easy to put together and take part. For girls, they usually like the little kitty that is one of the pieces. For younger toddlers, at first they like to knock down what parents create, but later they can build something too. For some people, maybe we share the same wish to have this with more than 30-pieces. However, parents can buy some more blocks to expand the building since blocks never end. They are great fun, long lasting and educational.

#7 TAG Reading System – Pink by LeapFrog

This unisex product helps toddlers to recognize words, develop memory and build toddlers’ reading interests as well as their independence. It is available either in green or pink. The pen has been loaded by a book. You can download other books using a computer through a simple process. This tag is educational, high quality and also fun for 3 to 7 years kids. Toddlers usually like listening to stories and older toddlers enjoy following along in books just by touching the book with the TAG. The TAG will read whole story with little tones so that toddlers know when they need to turn the page. However, you can just play the audio if your toddlers do not want to follow along. This TAG also provides activities pages so that toddlers can play interactive games by touching different letters, pictures and words. This TAG can hold 5 books at a time and other books can be added and removed quickly.

#8 Play-Doh: Fun with Food – Meal Makin’ Kitchen by Hasbro

This safe and easy clean up toy sounds like for toddlers around 3 to 7 years especially for girl, but some boys love it so much. Toddlers may like the idea of cooking and imagination of “making dinner” in their kitchen for their mom and dad, too. Besides, I think that it teaches to clean up when done or the play-doh dries out, to wash the dishes and it’s just a lot of fun. This toy can help toddlers to grow with as toddlers figure out how to use all parts of this toy. This toy shares great colors, great mold presses for foods, and great fun for the whole family.

#9 Candy Land Castle Game by Hasbro

It’s a unisex cool cute colorful sturdy game for toddlers around 3 to 6 years to learn about shapes and colors and sharpen their motor skills as well as the concepts of rules and taking turns. It is fun for toddlers pulling the little lever to make the pieces shoot out. It is also very durable. When I looked at it for the first time, I doubted and thought that it would be broken in a short time. However, it remains good though it has been bumped into the floor many times. Other thing I like from this game is it does not need batteries and does not produce noise. What a great game it is.

#10 40-piece Wooden Beginner Pattern Blocks by Melissa & Doug

This toy is good quality, very sturdy, easy to clean, entertaining, portable and best of all great for the imagination like all Melissa & Doug products. It is also fun to assemble and it a good aid in developing toddlers’ motor skill starting from 2 up to 5 years old. With various color and shapes to learn, regardless the fact that your toddler has or has not known yet, it is a fun educational toy. Parents also may not use all pieces to increase the level of difficulty through using two shapes to substitute one shape. It is so because the size of one rectangle equals two squares and one square equals two triangles. Let the older toddlers have more imaginative challenge.

If you check my list, you maybe find that some of the toys above are not included in the top rank of bestseller toys. Let me explain. The bestseller toy is not always the best one. Sadly, many parents still buy a toy due to its top rank in the bestsellers without considering other crucial factors such as ages, educational function and safety. They buy the toy because many other parents do and because the toy is in the top rank. Their consideration is based merely on the rank. I myself often find the most wanted toy is not the best one.

To conclude, the list above is just my suggestion based on my research. You may agree or you may not agree, you may argue and you may not argue. My purpose here is to provide my readers with the information they want to seek. And always remember, when you buy a toy, pick the toy that is suitable for your toddlers age and interest, safe, durable and educational. Don’t judge a toy by its rank.

Click here to view part 1, Christmas gift idea or  selected toys as Christmas gifts

About the author:
Francisca Cahyaningsih is a mother of one toddler and owner of a weblog which covers various topics such as toddler toys, games, tips and gift ideas for babies and toddlers.

2 Responses to "The best toddler toys 2008 for 3 to 5 years (Part 2)"

hmmm….2 hasbro products here, hasbro=hastono brother? he he he he.
Well, my melody loves playing playdough, but she often forget to close the cover of the dough’s bucket, so, the doh always dry out!!! poor me!
Actually we can make the dough (or doh) by ourself, in my daughter’s school, the teacher always use the “home made” doh which is very save for the kids in case if they eat the doh, if I’m not mistaken one of the “home made” doh’s contain is flour. Maybe I can share the recipe one day with you:)
Big hoogssss and kisses for baby Ray:)

hoii, aunty sisca. well… if that’s true, that hasbro stands for hastono brothers, then someday our grand grand children will inherit the company. wkwkwkwk.
i’m waiting for the recipe…:-). i believe if vou share here, you’ll benefit the readers here.
thanks a lot for sharing and i’m sending you the big hugs and kisses for cici ody…

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