A toy for every age. To help you choose the one that best suits your little one and will really make him or her happy; follow our guide. Recommended read: how to keep 3 to 9 years old kids moving.
The activity portal
Lying on his bed or installed in his deckchair, your little one will first have fun watching the hanging forms. Very quickly, he tries to touch them and knock them together. Gradually, he begins to better control his movements, and the agility of his hands becomes clearer. When he pushes a figurine, it swings and comes back to him. With the feet, he can do the same. It amuses him a lot. Quickly, he makes the link between his clapping of hands or feet and the movements of the elements of the portico: it is he who causes all these noises.
Your child puts whatever comes to hand in his mouth. It is his way of exploring the world and it gives him great pleasure. Offer her toys specially designed to be licked, chewed, and sucked. They also relieve it when the first teeth appear. So choose toys that are easy to wash and clean them every day.
Playmat with mirror
It’s a pivotal time for your little one. Its diet is diversifying. He babbles. He holds his head and begins to sit down, firmly wedged between two cushions. Thanks to the awakening mat, he can safely exercise his motor skills: quickly, your little adventurer will go on all fours to touch the different materials and manipulate everything that makes noise … In the mirror, he also discovers his reflection. Little by little, he will understand that this image is him!
The squeaky toy
When you press it, it makes noise, and he loves it. The little fingers squeeze the toy more and more skillfully. Your child understands that this tinkling which amuses him so much, it is he alone who produces it. He now knows how to direct his actions.
Especially if you take the time to play with it, it’s probably one of the best times of the day. Because, in the bathtub, your baby relaxes, dabbles, splashes … and learns with his toys what floats and what flows. Freed from the laws of gravity, it moves better: reassured by your presence and with your help, it lengthens, beats its legs, turns around … in short, it discovers the multiple talents of its body, what it does can still do on dry land. Your toddler also familiarizes himself with books by flipping through plastic ones, which he can also chew on at will.
Many babies know the famous “crisis” of the eighth month: it corresponds to the moment when the toddler begins to be afraid of people he does not know. To help him pass this milestone, he sometimes needs a comforter that represents his universe. Its smell evokes the house. And when he is scared or feels a little tired, he hugs him to reassure himself. This cuddly toy can be an easy-to-grab doll, a very soft cotton plush … Depending on its color, material, and appearance, your little one will select the lucky one who will accompany him everywhere to support him in his discovery of the outside world.
Trotters, pushers, and carriers
The earliest of this age group are already taking their first steps. Nevertheless, the balance is still precarious, it must be worked! It all starts with the trotter: the toddler moves his legs and can move forward, well supported, without fear of falling. Already, he is discovering the world from a new angle. As soon as he can stand up straight, your child becomes bolder: he then prefers to lean on a pusher in order to stretch his legs. When he knows how to walk, he rides everywhere on his carrier. At the same time, he strengthens his legs. From now on, he will go wherever he wants.
Objects to stack
At first, children stack pell-mell rings, squares, triangles, regardless of sizes or colors. They only know one logic: theirs. Your toddler picks up objects, passes them from one hand to the other with ever-increasing agility … Little by little, he will better understand the principle of the stacking game, on the condition, however, that you demonstrate.
The first building bricks
With their galloping imagination, our toddlers love to think of themselves as site masters. They build towers of Pisa always higher and always more quirky. When they have had enough … Patras! With the back of the hand, they also take great pleasure in destroying their masterpiece to better reconstruct it afterward. You can also check the building blocks and magnetic tiles.
Drum, guitar, flute, xylophone, piano, violin … To exercise their talents as musicians, our children need toys to create real melodies. Your little one will enjoy his creations and enjoy sharing them. With you, of course, because you are his favorite audience. Applaud him, you will encourage him to develop his gifts.
The circle in the round hole, the square in the square hole, the triangle in the triangular hole … For our little ones, it is not that simple, especially at the beginning: they try to put the rhombus in the shape of the star, fail, start again … They thus learn to recognize geometric shapes and prepare their minds for understanding abstraction.
Pull or push toys
Now that your baby is walking, he wants to move around with all his little people. Thus, he will often pour the contents of his toy box into a cart to carry his games with him. Choose a dog, a cat, a car with wheels … that your little one will take everywhere by pulling it by a string.
Pencils, markers, paints and modeling clay
Another turning point for your child. He is now walking perfectly and babbling more and more. In addition, he likes to touch and mix different materials. Plasticine works his muscles. As for finger paint, specially designed for the youngest, it allows you to recognize colors and mix them. It is safe for your child to “patrol” and daub but remember to protect their clothes. Your child also likes to grab grease pencils, markers, and brushes with both hands and draw doodle masterpieces on the paper. Even if the result leaves you doubtful, do not hesitate to go into ecstasies: it is the expression of his progress.
By dint of seeing you cook or tinker, your little one wants to imitate you. Boy or girl, he identifies sometimes with you, sometimes with his dad: you are his favorite models. This is how he gradually enters the adult world, appropriates it and gradually builds his own personality. In a kitchen of his own size, your little chef imitates your gestures, spins the pots and pans. It crackles, it sizzles and it smells good, thanks to the new toys that combine all the sounds and smells that you find in a kitchen.
They talk, walk, cry, laugh, eat … in short, do everything exactly like children! Except for this time, they are the ones who scold when the baby has peed and congratulated him when he has eaten well. They can thus reproduce the gestures and words of adults. A way to identify with you but also with their doll because they project their own behavior onto her. And know it, this toy is not the prerogative of little girls. Boys love it too, although they don’t play with it the same way.
At this age, they need to move and release their energy. By pedaling, your child lets off steam. At the same time, he builds up his arch and learns to coordinate his movements better and better.
The first board games
As your child begins to socialize, board games allow him to integrate the concept of the rules of the game. With you, privileged partners, he tastes the joy of winning and also gets used to the idea of winning. sometimes lose. At the same time, he learns essential notions: for example, the animal lotto teaches him what is meant by similar and different.
From 3 years
From now on, the games he prefers are those he shares with other children: we play doctor, knight, mum, and dad … If, in addition, we can dress up, it’s formidable. And if the games take place outside, then it really is happiness! Boiling with energy, he needs to exert himself. On the intellectual level, he is making great progress: here he is starting to count, classify, order according to a criterion. His creativity is limitless: he is capable of truly original achievements.
You can offer him
- a disguise
- little characters who can be given different roles
- hand puppets
- a mannequin doll
- DIY or kitchen equipment
- simple board games (animal lotto for example)
He likes too
dolls’ houses, outdoor games (wooden racket and shuttlecock), locks or padlocks with a key.
canvas huts, dolls, imitation games, construction games, cassette players, books, musical instruments.
From 5 years
Curious about everything, your child questions and thinks a lot. Thanks to the school, he begins to find his bearings in the world of writing and enjoys playing with numbers and letters. When you read a story to him, he tries to follow the text as much as he looks at the pictures. But he still spends most of his time
Check also guide to buy appropriate toys for each age.