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Trying to sort my daughter's bedroom has been something that I had been avoiding at all costs, she has too many. So when she woke me at 6am I thought enough is enough I need to stop avoiding the clear out. To be honest when I started to go through her toys I soon realised there were quite a few she doesn't actually play with anymore. Even though it may seem that our house is becoming over run with boxes of toys, they are kept very organised. My daughter has two at the bottom of her cot, three in her cupboard and we have three in our living room. One is full of mega blocks, one with her happy land toys and the third one has everything else - soft toys, wooden toys not forgetting her noisy toys. But we have one small rule in our house, which is only one toy box out at time, we say this so then she doesn't become too over whelmed with the choices and keeps our home tidy. There's nothing  like coming back to a sea of toys when I go make a cuppa.


So I thought that today I would share all the toys that my daughter loves and even perhaps inspire you for future gift for all the little people in your family. I hope that you will be able to find this list filled with classic, timeless selections for your little one!  My list of the best toys for toddlers is divided into sections based on the domains of early childhood development. After all, toys can provide some of the best learning opportunities all while being disguised as fun.  :) Ready for some top toys for tots?

 
TOYS THAT ENCOURAGE FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
 
 
WOODEN TRAIN SET
 
We love trains in this household and especially this small wooden one that we managed to find for our daughter, it was like £4, a bargain. This train set was quite simple to put together unless you're Nanny Caney who nailed it on the second attempt. The trains are held together by magnets so they can easily be pushed and pulled around the track - this wooden train set will be sure to keep any little one occupied for hours.
 

CRAFT

Children are normally curious and inquisitive. They only need the right guidance to show their creativity so get them poster paints, finger paints, water colours, colouring books, crayons and modelling clay in different colours and see their creativity unleash.

 
 
TOYS THAT ENCOURAGE GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
 
 
PUSH ALONG VEHICLES
 
Ever since I can remember my daughter has been a little obsessed with push along vehicles, they are great because they are durable, realistic-looking and they make lots of sound - which is bound to attract any child. My daughter's favourites have to be her alphabet bus, fire engine and quite recently her ambulance. To be honest my husband and I love to watch her play with her ambulance because certain buttons play music and its lovely to watch her do the actions to head, shoulders, knees and toes!

 
  

MY FIRST SLIDE - ELC
 
This was a first birthday gift for our daughter and it's still a favourite. My daughter also loves to drop all her toys and my washing pegs down the slide, it's so lovely watching her smile and laugh as she plays. This slide is perfect for small toddlers as it's not too big and only has three steps. When we were trying to get our daughter a slide, quite a few of them were very large so this is perfect for smaller tots.
 
  
 
TOYS THE ENCOURAGE COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT


WOODEN JIGSAWS

These are such great little toys for tots. My daughter has received so many of these wooden jigsaws from family and friends so much so we have five of them and my daughter loves nothing more than to get her hands on these. When we get the jigsaws out we will try and learn what each piece is before trying to place back into the correct shape.




SHAPE SORTERS

This shape sorter gets played with on a daily basis in our household, but I do think that this is a toy that parents will have to participate in due to the fact tots can get frustrated if they can find the correct shape straight away, it is also a great time to learn shapes, colours and numbers with them.
 
 
TOYS FOR IMAGINATIVE PLAY
 

MELISSA & DOUG CLEANING SET
 
This was such a great toy to get for out daughter as it was the perfect way to encourage toddler chores. Start them young, I say! But in all honest my daughter love to help. Whether that's turning the vacuum on and off, or stealing the mop and making a run for it. But since we got her the little cleaning set from Melissa and Doug she will always want her cleaning set out and get this, actually dust with it.
 
 
 
SHOPPING TROLLY & PLASTIC FRUIT

I can always remember playing shop keepers with my sister as children and now I have my own daughter, I still love playing shop keepers. My daughter likes to push one of her toy boxes in the middle of our living room and say 'Next please' and when a toddler asks, you do.
 
 
 
TOYS THAT ENCOURAGE LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
 
In my opinion the best way to encourage language development in your child is to read for at least 20 minutes every day and talk about things you do throughout the day. This has to be my favourite part of the day with my daughter. She understand every story I read to her and we will even go back through so she will point out certain objects and tell me about them.
 
HAPPY LAND
 
Once children start saying their animal sounds it seems that their vocabulary expands shortly after. I do think from our personal experience that learning these animals sounds is such a big step in her language development and she is learning new words everyday. We have a lots of Happy Land toys in our house and these are definitely one of her favourite set of  toys to play with.
 
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 BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS
 
So these may not be able not be toys but as I said my daughter loves to read and will always get excited when I tell her that it's story time. My daughter's book collection is a bit crazy and continues to grow so we managed to agree which are her favourites...
 
Cute As A Button, by Carrie Hennon
 
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
 
Daddy's Little Bear, by Gemma Cary
 
The Best Jumper, by Lynne Garner
 
The Little Raindrop, by Joanna Gray
 
 

For young children, toys come with numerous benefits, not only are they fun, but they also stimulate the imagination and help with learning. So there you have it my top toys for tots. What does your tot like to play with? Please feel free to share your top toys in the comments section as I always love to hear what other toddlers like to play with. 
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