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  • 8 Open-Ended Toys That Make Perfect Gifts For Toddlers, Starting At P80

    These are fun, meaningful, and helpful toys for child development.
    by Kitty Elicay .
 8 Open-Ended Toys That Make Perfect Gifts For Toddlers, Starting At P80
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  • With Christmas less than a month away (in 26 days, would you believe?), we’re sure you’re already scrambling for gifts to give your kids, inaanak, and pamangkins. Toys are always top of mind, but with so many to choose from, how do you pick which ones are fun, meaningful, and helpful to a child’s developmental needs?

    Open-ended toys for kids

    Most experts recommend open-ended toys, which not only grow with your child but also develop their imagination, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Montessori-inspired toys, which are usually made from natural materials, are also great options. With their minimalist designs, they can spark a child’s curiosity without being overwhelming. These types of toys also provide endless possibilities for independent play.

    To make your holiday shopping easier, here are eight toys that toddlers will love!

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    Wooden Blocks from Mom and Milly

    This set comes in different shapes and sizes so children can build whatever they want!
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    Wooden blocks, along with other construction toys like Legos, help your child exercise creativity in building different kinds of structures and scenarios. It also develops fine motor skills, specifically grasping objects and manipulating them using their hands.

    To order, visit www.momandmilly.com or message them on Facebook @momandmilly.

    Pounding Toy from Mom and Milly

    This is a simple toy that can entertain toddlers (even older babies!) for a long time.
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    This wooden toy helps practice fine motor skills. It also helps with color recognition. 

    To order, visit www.momandmilly.com or message them on Facebook @momandmilly.

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    J' Adore Lacing Mini Kingdom Tube from Toys "R" Us

    Lacing activities can help develop a child’s pre-writing skills.
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    Your toddler will love building patterns and creating combinations using these cubes. This toy also helps promote shape, color, and item recognition. While stringing the cubes together, kids will develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

    Crayola Washable Kids Paint from Ogalala

    Join your kid and have fun creating artworks!
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    Encourage your kids to paint with their hands and feet instead of just using paintbrushes or tools. This engages them in sensory play and allows your children to express themselves better. Don’t worry — the paint washes off so you can easily clean up any mess after. 

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    Wooden Easel from Mom and Milly

    This can be used for play and learning!
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    If you want to corral the mess but still tap your child’s creativity, having an easel can help. One side is a chalkboard, while the other side is a whiteboard. Magnets, chalk, marker, and eraser are included! 

    Wooden Toolbox from Toys "R" Us

    This toy is also great for travel!
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    Little builders will have a blast using the hammer, screwdriver, and wrench to “build” projects. Not only is it ideal for pretend play but it also promotes hand-eye coordination, counting, sorting, color recognition, and problem-solving skills. They’ll also learn how to pack up all their equipment after playtime.

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    Ice Cream Cart from Toys 4 Tots

    This is pretty enough to put on display, too!
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    Pretend play helps boost a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and communication skills. If she plays with other kids (or you, mom and dad!), she can also learn to take turns and share.

    To order, message them on Facebook @toys4totsph.

    Mop and broom set from Ogalala

    With these tools, your kids will love helping around the house and copying what adults do.
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    Chores at a young age help children build a lasting sense of mastery and it teaches them to be more responsible and reliant. These kiddie-sized tools will inspire them to copy you as you do housework and clean alongside you.

    What are the best toys to give to toddlers according to pediatricians? Click here for a list of recommendations.

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