Thursday, December 27, 2012

Keep Them Little Ones Rolling: Rolling Toys

Bring in the holiday cheer because One Sassy Doctor presents (get it, presents!) our final post in the series BACK TO THE BASICS – THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GOOD TOYS!

Playing with your baby is one of the most enjoyable duties of parenthood. Not only do you get to spend quality one-on-one time with your precious one, you also help him develop the skills and strengths he’ll need as he grows. Toys are a great way to make playtime even more fun.

Last week, we talked about toys for creative play. This week, we’re talking about rolling toys.
Rolling toys are great for babies and toddlers who are mobile. Younger kids can pull the toy along behind them as they crawl, or you can pull the toy in front of a child who is not yet crawling to help encourage him to get on the move.

Rolling toys are only for older babies, however. Younger infants will enjoy watching you pull the toy, and will track it as you move it back and forth in front of them. Pull it out of their line of sight and then back again, helping to reinforce object permanence.

Toddlers who are just beginning to walk will enjoy taking a rolling toy with them as they practice their balance. You can get in on the act by playing a game of catch that toy. Keep it just out of your child’s reach as they walk toward it. This game of carrot and stick will result in a lot of laughter—and improved gross motor skills.

I love the Sassy rock and roll ring stacker, bumpy ball, and pop n' push car. Now get rolling!

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