Expert Speak: Best Educational Toys For Your Toddler & The Environment
When my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to raise her mindfully with fewer toys and tools that encouraged creativity, and were kind to the environment. My hunt for these toys led me to discover many amazing homegrown brands making Montessori and Waldorf toys that were well priced, made in India and made using natural materials. I'm a big fan of open-ended toys, those that can be used in multiple, almost endless ways and help develop a child's imagination and grow with your toddler. I encourage people to invest in toys like the Pikler Triangle, Balance Board, Wooden Puzzles and my personal favourite—a wooden tea set that makes for the cutest tea party for my baby and her dolls.
Today, India boasts of some fantastic toys that match up to international standards in quality and safety. It is amazing to see parents prefer wooden blocks, puzzles and fabric dolls over plastic and battery-operated ones. The lockdown has also encouraged parents to invest in toys like the Pikler Triangle and Ramp that help children stay active and develop spatial awareness from the safety of their home. More and more parents are switching to cloth diapering as a more eco-friendly alternative, there is a shift in the way we parent today.
There are over a hundred homegrown brands that make well priced, made-to-last trucks, blocks, rattles and other toys from recycled or natural materials. Our bestsellers include educational toys that make learning through play a memorable experience for both parents and their children. We have curated over 3,000 amazing products across all price ranges that make learning a lot of fun. Some of them include:
1. Pikler Triangle and Ramp: Easy to store, these provide your child with an outlet to climb, slide and learn all in one.
2. Sensory Blocks: A great tool for children to learn about sound and light.
3. Pretend Play Toys: Doctor sets, wooden trucks, cars and the tea sets.
4. Touch and Feel Mat: A great way to help your child develop their senses of touch and feel.
5. Flashcards: I have expectant mothers who add these to their list to teach their child from day one.
6. Open-Ended Toys like rainbow stackers, curvy board and small wooden trees.
7. Wooden Puzzles: These are made to encourage your child to think and problem solve, all while having fun.
8. Cloth Toys And Dolls: Playtime is more fun with friends even if you're practising social distancing.
9. Tents, Tepees And Kitchen Sets, Wooden and Stone Fruit and Vegetables: This helps children in creativity and socialising.
10. The Learning Tower: This helps equip and enable the child to perform daily tasks with ease.
11. Fantastic DIY kits for toddlers, pre-schoolers and even primary school children that teach them themes like the underwater world, festivals and even crafts like Madhubani and Warli.
Parents across the country in metros and even tier one and two cities are adopting the Montessori and Waldorf approach at home and treating toddlers like the little people they are. Whether involving them in daily household chores or getting them a baby version of a broom set to get them involved, parents are realising that toddlers learn through everything they see, do and hear, and our generation is fortunate enough to have access to beautiful, heirloom toys, environment-friendly products proudly made in India.
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