Post # 1
I’m still finishing up my Christmas shopping (oy) and my 2 and 1/2-year-old cousin is among the names left on my list. Unfortunately, since she and her parents live over 8 hours away from me, I haven’t gotten a chance to be a really big part of her life. This past November, I got a chance to visit and spent several hours at their home interacting with her – MAN, what a smart child! She watches a lot of educational programming and seems to enjoy interactive toys, and her mom requested something along those lines.
Do you have any suggestions for something I could get her, preferrably within a $20-$40 price range? Educational DVDs would also be good, though I’d probably have to double-check with her parents that she doesn’t already own something.
Post # 3
Since she is still so little, I would say toys that encouragce imaginative play, or art supplies are better than a DVD. Does she have duplo blocks?
Post # 4
@MissCalifornia: One year I got my niece and nephews some books. If you want to give them a toy, you could choose a book that comes with a “stuffed” character, like Paddington Bear. 🙂 Here is a good site:
Post # 5
Some of the simplest toys are the most educational. Things such as lego or the duplo bricks mentioned above can be great as they simulate imagination, creativity and they progress as she progresses. The problem with buying a fisher price toy that is for ages 2-4 is that she will grow out of it. Books are also another favourite of mine. I’m assuming she can’t read!! But she may enjoy pictures books, or stories that her mum can read to her.
Playdough if her mum doesn’t mind the mess?
Dress up outfits in something other than a fairy princess!! – role play is vital for development!
Post # 6
Books! Get some classic books like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Corduroy, Clifford, Harry the Dirty Dog, etc.
Post # 7
When my daughter was 2 her FAVORITE thing was a mini keyboard (piano). It came with a little musical book that lit up the keys in time to the song’s music, she learned the different notes and could plunk out songs like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Music at an early age helps build a strong foundation for math, reasoning and language skills too.
Post # 8
Thank you all so much! I ended up going with a really cute set of Duplo blocks, I think she’ll love them 🙂 I will definitely be keeping the other suggestions in mind for upcoming holidays.
Especially the keyboard, KatyElle — I agree with you on music at an early age. She watches this fantastic program every night that is animals dancing to classical/opera music and LOVES it.
Post # 9
I have suggested this many times, but look into Melissa & Doug. We carry them at my shop, and parents LOVE them! They have tons of classic wood toys and great educational items!