When it comes to development-boosting play activities for babies, we think that keeping it simple is usually best. But every once in awhile, we come across toys for babies that are the perfect thing to add into the mix to keep little ones’ interest during play while promoting important skills.
Important baby milestones include: rolling, learning to sit, crawling, standing, and walking. Free play on the floor is probably the most important developmental experience for babies with regard to the development of these motor skills. And working in some fun toys is a great way to keep things exciting and fun! Here are some of our favorite gross motor toys, fine motor toys, and sensory toys for babies!
Development-Boosting Toys for Babies
Gross Motor Toys for Babies
The soft, cushioned, quick-folding and portable Super Mat features bright squares with engaging animal characters and patterns. The mat is big enough for sharing, whether it’s you and your baby or a play date with a group of little ones. The mat is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, is machine washable, and is the perfect place for lots of tummy time practice!
Your baby is fascinated with her hands at this age and these balls are the perfect accessory for her exploration. BPA-Free, colorful and easy to grab, this set of 6 textured balls will stimulate her sensory system as she plays!
This cute little turtle is irresistible with its rewarding sounds and music as well as its ability to move! Your baby will love pressing the button and learning cause and effect as the turtles head pops out to encourage a little chase. Crawling has never been so fun!
Wedge mats are great for encouraging gross motor skills, core strengthening and more. This sweet butterfly is covered in soft, 14 oz. vinyl that’s comfortable to play on and easy to clean. Your child will love climbing up and rolling down over and over again!
This Adventure Set play tent is an adorable gift for all kids. The spring-pop tunnel tube joins the cubby tent & Teepee together to create a single play area. Each component can be used together or separately and it features fast and easy set up/breakdown with no tools for immediate play!
Fine Motor Toys for Babies
24 Colorful Clackity Hug Links rattle, clack, and connect all while being soft enough for teething babies. They are easy to handle and double as a rattle for extra sensory fun!
This smooth, flexible ball has 28 finger holes making it incredibly easy for baby to grasp. Clear rattles with colorful beads make fun sounds as baby shakes it, chases it or drops it from her high chair for an awesome game of cause and effect.
This toy might be the first STEM experience for baby! It provides sensory exploration, fine motor skills, coordination, and visual spatial acuity as baby stacks, topples, spins, balances, wobbles, tilts, wiggles, and rolls the colorful pieces.
Baby will love to stack up and knock down the fun-looking, fun-sounding foam blocks and inserts for hours of playtime fun. This set features 8 fabric covered foam blocks with 6 interchangeable inserts to shake, rattle, and roll to keep your child entertained.
This brightly colored wooden shape sorter is an exciting update on a classic toy! Toddlers can drop the dozen-plus vibrant wooden shapes through the color-matched holes, then roll the drum along, open the lid, and start all over again. An early-learning powerhouse that encourages color and shape recognition, manual dexterity, and more!
Sensory Toys for Babies
This Crawl and Discover Play Mat features a true variety of sensory activities for your baby’s all important tummy time play. Babies love to grasp, hold and experience the different textures on the mat, flaps and teething rings. They will clack the rings together and discover the hidden crinkle paper and will beam with their new ability to create sounds. The visually engaging baby-safe mirror and high-contrast images and graphics will have your baby’s curiosity piqued for hours on end.
Shake up some fun! With sliding beads, a spinning mirror, rattling rainstick and fun squeaker sounds, this easy-to-grasp sensory ball playfully encourages visual and tactile discovery while developing fine motor coordination.
3 || Sassy Development Sensory Ball Set
aSensory Ball Set includes 3 balls: 1 plush, 1 hard plastic with rattle and 1 soft textured plastic. These all have high-contrast patterns to help promote development of baby’s vision, and have graspable areas for baby to shake toy and be introduced rhythms. Not only will baby play with these, they will eventually bounce, squeeze, throw and even catch them as baby learns!
Every baby develops at their own pace, and this bouncer lets you choose the stage that’s best for your baby! There are a variety of developmentally appropriate colors, toys, music and sounds on each side of the toy bar. As baby grows, turn the toy bar around to keep older babies entertained with a colorful toy bar full of animal friends and upbeat tunes and sounds.
Sophie the Giraffe, full of discoveries and activities to awaken baby’s senses. Sight: The dark and contrasting spots all over Sophie the Giraffe’s body provide visual stimulation and make her easily recognizable to baby. She soon becomes a familiar and reassuring object. Hearing: Her squeaker keeps baby amused and stimulates his hearings. Taste: Sophie the Giraffe is very flexible and has lots of parts for baby to chew like ears, horns, legs. She is perfect for soothing baby’s sore gum when teething and is completely safe.
What are your favorite development-boosting toys for babies? Share in the comments below!
Latest posts by Lauren Drobnjak (see all)
- Animal-Themed Games for Physical Therapy (Virtual or In-Person!) - June 11, 2020
- Teaching Kids How to Catch a Ball & Throw - April 9, 2020
- Springtime Writing Activities and Prompts for Kids - March 30, 2020