Before purchasing a toy, be sure to check on the box for the recommended age:  this is not only so that you are picking an appropriate toy for their brain capabilities, but also for safety reasons. Here are a handful of ideas of the types of toys that may interest your child to help get you started:

12-18 months

  • Large building bricks
  • Push and pull toys
  • Sorting and nesting toys
  • Climbing gym
  • Balls
  • Washable crayons and paper
  • Ride-on vehicles
  • Tool bench or toy kitchen
  • Picture books

18-24 Months

  • Plastic tea set or playhouse
  • Large and small blocks
  • Toy instruments
  • Puzzles
  • Illustrated books and cassette tapes
  • Train sets
  • Washable crayons and paper

24-30 Months

  • Ride-on toys
  • Balls
  • Art supplies
  • Percussive instruments
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Child-size household equipment
  • Construction toys
  • Puzzles and manipulatives

30-36 Months

  • Puzzles
  • Beginning board or memory games
  • Kid-size dishes, pots, and pans
  • Construction sets
  • Art supplies
  • Outdoor equipment
  • Books