The best Toys to help kids Grow Through Independent Play
As a parent I know my kids will be the recipients of their fair share of disappointments. I also realize, despite my desire to wield omnipresent control over their life circumstances, my parental desire to control their fate is as ludicrous as thinking a shot of Botox is the key to an eternal fountain of youth. Of course, I'd prefer to hand-pick and test-drive the opportunities that lay before my kids, so as not to let them feel even one shred of unhappiness.
But I also realize I must encourage them to seize each day and ultimately give them their wings and let them go and encourage their growth! And it is never to early to encourage their independence!
And while parenting has always been a 24/7 job, that definition has transformed and expanded thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever there’s a need for toys that provide kids with a truly engaging and independent play experience.
Encouraging your child to play independently is a win-win situation for everyone. In fact, children who are exposed to an array of independent play activities from an early age are known to have greater problem-solving and cognitive skills than those who do not.
A few ways you can encourage independent play is through plush toys and building sets. Plush toys like DOLCE are great and safe for babies when it comes to imaginative play. DOLCE is Magformers plush line for infants that offers babies to develop, observe, learn, create and educate through different textures and rattles provided on each plush.
Constructive play with something like Magformers is perfect for toddlers as they will be eager to build and manipulate in order to create new objects and patterns.
Stick-O is Magformers newest line for preschoolers that provides tactile learning opportunities through 3D shapes that contain rotating magnets. Magformers are the industry leader in magnetic building toys and inspire kids to transform 2D shapes into 3D structures with each themed set.
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This giant Kangaroo is perfect for cuddling! It comes with a bonus, baby Joey, in and additionally, the kangaroo pocket features a shaker egg. Featuring a peek-a-boo door on one of its feet and is also adorned with beads and a teether on its other foot. Dolce stands for Develop, Observe, Learn, Create, Educate. Let your baby DEVELOP sensory skills with a variety of quality textured fabrics. OBSERVE the colorful fabrics. LEARN cause and effect through the activities. CREATE fun, learning and role-play with your favorite Dolce friend. Let the beautiful, interesting and activity rich Dolce toys EDUCATE through play. MSRP: $39.99; ages 0m+
Explore the great outdoors with The Stick-O Forest Friends 16Pc Set. Kids can use their imagination to build adorable animal friends including an elephant, duck, caterpillar, bunny and more. The Forest Friends 16Pc Set includes 3 Spheres, 3 Sticks, 2 Discs and other magnetic accessories including bunny ears, flowers, cones, flower pots, and elephant ears. MSRP $24.99; ages 18m+
Discover the endless possibilities of Tileblox 20Pc set. With the step-by-step idea sheet, create one-of-a-kind masterpieces! A great set for beginner builders looking to explore and learn through play. Arrives with 8 Triangles and 12 Square in Rainbow colors. Each geometric shape contains magnets that let you build with endless possibilities! TileBlox is perfect for STEM education and when playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. MSRP: $24.99; ages 3+
Create 3D structures from 2D nets with Magformers Basic Plus 14Pc Set. Build with 4 Squares, 8 Triangles and 2 Inner Circle Square shapes. Create houses, towers and our ‘magic ball’. Learn to build using combine, roll and pull-up techniques and see what your imagination can create! Build along with the step-by-step instructions and develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and problem-solving ability. The original and authentic Magformers. Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and STEM education. Follow the Step-by-step educational idea booklet for ideas and instructions. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. MSRP: $24.99; ages 3+.
As a parent what do you do to encourage your kids to be independent and creative??