Week 40: How to get all the playtime that your toys have to give
As your baby’s interest evolve, he will love to play with his familiar toys in new ways. Here are some ideas for how to make your Lovevery toys last well past the infant months:
The Magic Tissue Box
This is an infant and toddler favorite. You may discover your baby starting to put all sorts of new things in the magic box (balls, spoons, other playthings) in addition to the tissues.
You can help him develop a sense of how things feel by playing the “what is it?” game. Called “The Mystery Bag” in Montessori toddler classrooms, the idea is to put different objects in the box (without him seeing what the item is). Encourage him to feel around the box, using his sense of touch to explore the object before you show him what it is. Older babies and toddlers love this game!
Family Photo Album (Card Holders + Soft Book)
You can personalize the Soft Book, the Standing Card Holder and the Travel Card Holders by adding photos of family and friends (print size: 5x7). This is a fun way to connect your baby with loved ones, especially those your little one might not get to see as often.
Bug Catcher (Little Grips Canister Set)
The Little Grips Canister Set is great for a toddler outdoor adventure walk. You can even collect bugs and caterpillars because the air holes in the bottom of the containers will help keep little creatures alive.
Somewhere around 18-22 months, your toddler will be ready to start building 4-block towers. Click here to find out why offering too many blocks early can actually make your baby less inclined to play with blocks.
Soft Felt and Montessori Balls for Playing Catch
Matching Doll and Toddler Blankets (Baby Avery, Peek-a-Boo Blanket and Soothing Blanket) When your toddler is around two, he might start to play pretend. The Peek-a-Boo Blanket is the perfect size for your toddler to put baby Avery to bed with a blanket. He can use the large Soothing Blanket for his own bed and have a matching smaller blanket for his dolls.
Mirror on the Wall (Framed Mirror)
Use a ribbon to hang the First Mirror on a wall in your toddler’s room at his eye level. He can check himself out and pretend to “get ready” just like you!
First Words Practice with Lovevery Board Books
Be sure to keep simple board books handy for your toddler to practice his first words—he will love saying new words out loud and exercising his new communication skills. For example, you can read the Opposites board book together—you can say the word on the first page and he says the opposite. He will be so proud when he is able to “read” these first books to you.
Secret Collections of Stuff (Crinkle Bag + Zipper Pouches)
The Crinkle Bag and Zipper Pouches will be just the thing for your toddler when you start to discover him stashing random “collections” of different items around your home. Containers are fascinating throughout the late infant and toddler years.
Nesting, Stacking and Fine Motor Skills (Stacking Cups + Little Grip Canister Set)
Figuring out how to nest and stack the Drip Drop cups is a challenge for two- and three-year-olds, as is nesting the containers in the Little Grip Canister Set. With lots of fine motor skills practice, your toddler will be able to work the lids onto the Little Grip Canister Set. Start with the blue handle lid, which is easiest to place on, then work up to the purple screw-top lid and green cap lid.
Your toddler’s speech will benefit from offering him an open cup to drink from during mealtimes. Find out why here. (link to our post about drinking cup) If you haven’t begun using the First Cup yet, now is a great time to start!
Your baby may start to get the hang of stacking the rings when he is about 15 months old. At first, he will want to take them apart, but later he will start assembling the tube and stacking rings.
The First Wallet is great for toddlers starting to play pretend. Encourage your toddler to bring it with him when you go to the store together, so he can take it out and “pay” at the register.