Picking out good toys for toddlers can be challenging. They are in that funny in-between stage where they have outgrown the baby toys but they aren’t quite ready for the “big kid” toys that require more developed motor and problem solving skills. Plus many of them still put everything in their mouth!
Have you experienced this frustration?
Well, lucky for you, a team of developmental experts has recognized how challenging it can be for grown-ups to support toddler development, and have put together kits of developmentally-appropriate toys geared specifically toward helping toddlers move through their developmental milestones in a fun, play-based way! (Don’t have a toddler? There is info and a special discount code later in this post related to babies and older kids, too, so keep reading!)
Let me introduce you to Developmental Duffle.
Developmental Duffle is a kit that includes toys and products that promote developmental milestones for certain age ranges or interests (such as fine motor, sensory, feeding, etc.). Kits have been crafted by a team that consists of a school psychologist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, and early childhood educators. I love the Toddler Fine Motor Duffle we received because it includes many of the types of toys included in my list of the 7 best types of toys for toddlers, while also exposing us to some new toys and activities we haven’t tried before!
In addition to the duffle bag stocked full of developmentally-appropriate toys, each kit also contains activity cards that explain all the different ways you can use each toy in order to address various developmental skills.
This is about as practical as it gets!
Since my youngest is currently a toddler, we have been having fun trying out the toys and activities in our Toddler Fine Motor Duffle. Here is an example of a suggested activity we have been having fun with from one of the cards that involves toddler crayons and a big roll of paper: Up Up and Away!
As suggested on the card, we cut off a big strip from the paper roll that was included in the Developmental Duffle, taped it up on the outdoor side of our sliding glass door, and let our 1 1/2 year old go nuts with the cool star-shaped toddler crayons. What a fun way to work on grasping, hand-eye coordination, bilateral (two-hand) coordination, standing balance, and independence all at the same time. And this is only one of FOUR activity cards describing creative (and increasingly complex) ways to help your toddler grow and learn by using crayons and a giant piece of paper!
At the very back of the pack of Activity Cards, there are three cards that outline the developmental milestones encouraged by the toys included in the duffle.
Milestones are divided into the following four categories for ages 12-18 months, 18-24 months, and 24-36 months:
- Language development
- Social development
- Early learning and cognitive development
- Motor development
Exposure to and practice with developmental experiences is so important in helping little ones reach their developmental milestones, especially for kiddos who may be demonstrating delays in their development. This is exactly why the Developmental Duffle company was created — to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to support the development of the kids in their life.
You want to know the really amazing thing about these Developmental Duffles?
They cover pretty much EVERY age range and theme of development from birth through Kindergarten readiness. It is pretty incredible. Check this out . . .
Ready to Eat Specialty Bag
(transitioning from bottle to straw to cup to eating like a big kid!)
In addition to the pre-filled duffle bags, you can also purchase certain toys individually if you are only interested in a few specific items across developmental levels or activities.
Who do I think would LOVE Developmental Duffles?
- Parents-to-be or Grandparents-to-be
- Friends or family shopping for a baby shower (would make a great group gift!)
- New parents
- Caregivers, babysitters, or nannies
- Childcare centers
- Early intervention therapists
- Clinic-based therapists
- School-based therapists
- Developmental specialists
- Early childhood educators
Visit developmentalduffle.com and enter discount code “mamaot” (all lowercase, no quotation marks) for 20% off your entire cart between now and May 15, 2015!
This review was sponsored by Developmental Duffle. Although I received monetary compensation for this post, all views are my own.
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