Milestones and Toys for Different Age Categories

Babies Up To 6 Months

For the first three months of a baby life they only observe the surroundings around them.  Their vision are blurry, but will improve in the next few months that are coming up.

 Up to six months any movement, bright colour objects and pictures catches their eyes and they look around for colourful objects in a room.  They recognise familiar faces and responds to other people’s emotions and seem happy.  They like to look at themselves in the mirror. They respond to sounds by making sounds. They will start passing a pacifier from one hand to another, while looking at it.  By six months they begin to sit with support. Best toys for infants to play with are things that can make noise, can shake or that they can hold and suck on.

Best Toys Up To 6 Months

Rattles

Stacking Rings

Soft balls

Soft blocks or rings

Squeeze toys

Letter Train and Piano Table

Activity Gym and Ball Pit

From 7 – 12 Months

From seven to twelve months infants are getting more active and stronger week by week.  Babies start to roll-over, pulling themselves up, sitting alone, learning how to crawl and start to get their balance for their first steps.  This is such an exciting and unforgettable moment in any mom’s life.

Best Toys For 7 – 12 Months

Sit to stand Toys

Entertainer walkers

Stacking Rings

Activity and educational Table.

Soft big blocks and cubes.

Puppets, water toys, soft baby doll.

Plastic balls or toys that they can drop or take things out.

Interactive toys that are talking or singing.

From 1 – 2 Year Old

The babies love to play with toys that interact with them and they get exposed to language at the same time.  Toys that they can push buttons, make music or characters popping up are very exciting toys for them to play with and will keep them busy.

High tech toys that show letters, pictures or numbers when they are pressing buttons will keep them interested and entertained.

Best Toys For 1 – 2 Year Old

Super large Play tents

Stacking blocks or ring sets

Large play vehicles like Lorries and plastic characters.

Colourful plastic balls in pool sets.

Water toys like RubberDucks and dolls to play with in water.

Balls throwing through holes

Musical instruments like tambourines and drums.

 Ride on vehicles

From 2 to 3 Year Old

They become toddlers now and starting to learn language and realize a sense of danger around them. They are very busy at this age and enjoy pushing their strollers and toys or riding on tricycles or like running after the dogs.

 At this age toddlers are testing their physical activities with hanging or rolling over, jumping from higher heights or climbing up or down objects.

They have better control over their hands and start focusing while paging through a colourful book or fetching plastic balls and put it in or out of a container. They also start solving problems when playing with puzzles.

They love to do pretend play and imitates the actions of people around them.  They are interested in toys like an education computer which is making different sounds when a few buttons get pressed which shows different pictures.

Best Toys For Girls 2 to 3 Year Old

Bigger dolls with accessories that can be dressed and removed. 

Doll House

Doll strollers

Child sized kitchen sets with buttons and making noise when food is baked in oven or on stove. 

Educational or technology toys (Computer, phone)

Water play toys

Puzzles up to 12 pieces

Sand

Ride on equipment

Musical instruments like tambourines.

Best Toys For Boys 2 – 3 Year Old

Construction Toys

Transportation Toys

Educational or technology toys (Computer, phone)

Puzzles up to 12 pieces

Large paint brushes, thick crayons, finger paint.

Sand

Water play toys

Ride on equipment

Musical instruments.

From 3 – 4 Year Old

Toddlers are more on the move and climbing, catching, throwing and kicking of balls they can do well. At this age their child imagination can run wild and they love to dress and remove clothes with nothing that matches together.  

Luckily they start to listen to 3 part commands.  They understand time better like morning, afternoon and night.  They have develop a wider vocabulary of words and talk a lot and asking a lot of questions with the word “Why.”  They can speak 250 – 500 words and in sentences of 5 – 6 words in a sentence.  Sorting objects by shape and color, understand the idea of same and different and sort comparing to sizes keep them for longer times busy.  Playing with puzzles help them to sort out problems and also keep them entertained. 

Best Toys For Girls 3 – 4 Year Old

Bigger dolls and dressed up clothes.

Doll stroller

Water toys

Sand

Large crayons, brushes, finger-paint, play dough. 

Puzzles up to 24 pieces.

Picture books with colourful pictures and more words in.

CD’s with stories or songs on.   

Riding on equipment

Best Toys For Boys 3 – 4 Year Old

Transportation and construction toys

Riding on equipment

Plastic bats and balls

Bigger balls   

Puzzles up to 24 pieces.

Picture books with colourful pictures and more words in.

CD’s with stories or songs on.   

Large crayons, brushes, finger-paint, play dough.

Water toys

Sand

From 4 – 5 Year Old

Children are becoming more independent and self-confident at this age. Fast learning ability can be seen at this age and they start learning how to brush their teeth and getting dressed on their own.  Kids can see themselves as a specific character like a superhero or mermaid and they like to continue with pretend plays and dressed up themes.

They are also learning how to eat with a knife and fork.  When they are getting frustrated, they like to express their emotions and feelings. They can count up to 10 and start recognising letters.  They will be able to copy different shapes like a circle, square or triangle.

 They are content to play with toys for longer periods.  It is good to introduce interactive and education toys that can teach them words, maths or verbal skills. Choosing toys that repeating positive words like “Good job”.

Best Toys For Girls 4 – 5 Year Old

Barbie dolls

Doll house

Dressed up clothes

Colouring books

Ride on equipment

Craft kits and art supplies

Puzzles up to 24 – 36 pieces.

Blocks with different shapes and sizes

Electronic toys

Ride on equipment

Balls

Best Toys For Boys 4 – 5 Year Old

Coloring books

Puzzles up to 24 – 36 pieces.

Ride on equipment

Construction or Transportation sets

Plastic bats and balls

Craft kits and art supplies

Blocks with different shapes and sizes

Balls

From 6 – 7 Years

Playtime and exercise plays a major role in the developing of children and encourage running, biking or swimming on a daily basis.  Their motor skills are becoming more refined and the coordination of large and small muscles.  They will be able to draw and write with greater control.  Their pictures and stories will look more recognizable.

 At this age the child is developing his own interests while learning from his parents or teacher.  Friends are becoming very important is his life.    You will often hear that he wants a specific toy, because a friend has it.  At this age they start to get more interested in computer games or having friends over to play board games or card games.  They also like to play outdoor and sport games together.  Many like to play with music related toys and find it difficult to play with the instruments.

Best Toys For Girls 6 – 7 Years Old

Lego

Puzzles

Barbie dolls and accessories

Dream house and accessories

Sticker books

Puzzles

Bicycles

Trampoline

Board Games like Trivial Pursuit Junior

Craft Kits

Balls

Best Toys For Boys 6 – 7 Years Old

Remote Control cars

Computer or video games

Lego

Construction sets

Trampoline

Bicycles

Balls

Sport Equipment

Board Games like Chess or Checkers

From 8 – 9 Year Old

These years are all about competing against another one and great gains can be seen in growth sport physically, emotionally and mentally. They like to compete against their friends and like to test others with it.  Kids at this age enjoy outdoor activities like netball, rugby, bicycles and roller-skates.

Great gains can be seen in their cognitive development.  They like to ask questions till have enough information to draw conclusion of what they are learning.  They are becoming more mature children and athletic potential can be seen as their physical skills become more precise. They start working on longer projects and in many cases it can continue for days.

They enjoy adult-like interests or hobbies and getting more confident.  The relationship with their peers and how they feel about themselves are important to them.  Many wants to become a singer or doctor at this age and start to collect items that they like.  Girls are starting with writing a daily diary or busy with craft products, while boys still like the adventure s of video and computer games.

Best Toys For Girls 8 – 9 Year Old

Craft Kits

Roller-skates

Diary

More elaborated Science Kits

Barbie Dolls and accessories

Clothing for dolls

Outdoor Sport equipment

Music

Fashion clothes and accessories

Board Games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Trival Pursuit Junior

Best Toys For Boys 8 – 9 Year Old

Computer and Video Games

More elaborated Science Kits

Remote Control vehicles

Outdoor sport equipment

Board Games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Trival Pursuit Junior

Model Kits

Bicycles

Scate Boards and roller-skates

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