Technology For Your Toddler - A Gift Guide
It's the most wonderful time of the year, which when you have a child its especially true. I am just adoring doing Christmas things with Addie at home, not at the hospital and not isolated. I have come up with a list of my favorite technology for your toddler. Most of these items we have already, use them in therapy, or I used them as a special educator over the years. It did not really make sense to me to recommend toys that I do not have the experience with.
Time for me to be annoying for a moment. It is so important for me to note that technology is not a babysitter or a replacement for interaction. Yes, I throw her favorite show on while I get us ready to get out the door, and do use technology with her. But I also understand that technology is more meaningful and has more of an educational benefit when done with a caregiver and if you scroll down you can read the AAP's recommendation. I am stepping down from my soap box.
I really like to buy toys that last over the years, and many of the toys recommended are good for 6 months old to 3 years old. I choose toys that teach a variety of concepts; sizes, shapes, colors, letters, manners, social skills, and pretend play. Some of the toys can increase fine motor and gross motor skills. I linked all the items to amazon, so its simple for you to shop!! Enjoy!
"The AAP recommends parents prioritize creative, unplugged playtime for infants and toddlers. Some media can have educational value for children starting at around 18 months of age, but it's critically important that this be high-quality programming, such as the content offered by Sesame Workshop and PBS. Parents of young children should watch media with their child, to help children understand what they are seeing."
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