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Matching toys with the age and developmental stage of the child

The best educational toys can aid in an infant's development, and establish a good foundation for a lifetime of learning. Little Music Makers’ range of baby toys has been carefully chosen to be in keeping with the developmental needs and achievements in each of the first 3 years of life.  Let’s look at what is special about each stage:

Baby 0 – 12 months

Between birth and the age of one there is a time of rapid, physical, intellectual, linguistic, social and emotional growth. Tummy time play, head lifting, rolling, reaching, grasping, developing muscle strength and tone, commando crawling, creeping, sitting, pulling up to standing position, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, aural recognition and discrimination…these are just some of the facets that characterize the first wonderful year.  Begin with a playmat such as the Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym, or Tummy Time Mat for a real workout.  Encourage crawling  with a Musical Humps Ball by Lilliputiens or Follow Me Fred by Tiny Love. If you are looking to establish sleep and settling routines the Tiny Love Soothe N Groove mobile or the Papobo Musical Star Projector could be just the thing.

Toddler 1 - 2 years

From 12 months  – 2 years the newly mobile toddler is mastering everyday activities and further refining his motor and language skills. Building blocks, simple puzzles, or a xylophone help develop a good level of eye-hand coordination and enhance fine motor skills. Get the creative skills flowing with some Boikido Musical Blocks or a Halilit Baby Xylophone.  Movement and exercise can be encouraged with some On The Go favourites such as the Boikido Push and Play Rabbit Wagon or the Janod Xylo roller.

Pre-School 2  - 3 years

Toddlers at this age are becoming quite sociable people, mastering language and full of energy and enthusiasm. This is a time for learning some songs and coordinating some actions to match. The toddler now has greater body control and can jump with two feet off the ground and is beginning to gain greater fine motor skills. You may like to introduce some castanets such as the Sevi Castanet or the I’m Toy Hippo Castanets. Tidlo tambourines can add some joy to his music and  he can play along with friends using the Sevi Percussion Set.