It’s so hard to believe that Christmas is just 12 days away! And is it just me or are holidays and gift shopping WAY more fun with a kid in the house?! There are currently 9 presents under our tree and 8 are for Landon…oops!
One thing my husband and I discussed during my pregnancy was buying more wooden toys, just because they tend to last longer and are also more gender neutral if we were to have a girl in the future. Another thing we talked about was focusing on presents that will aide in sensory and motor skill development, because it is important to us that our son has fun while playing but also can learn new skills at the same time. Kids somehow always end up with a crazy amount of toys anyway so it’s the best of both worlds when they can simultaneously learn and play.
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When babies start to teeth it is a very difficult time, for all parties, and kids will just chew on any and everything to make themselves feel better. If you’re like I was and desperate to find something that will help, here are my top picks for teething toys. They are easy to grasp and great for your little ones to chew. A friend even gave me a tip to connect the smaller teethers to a pacifier clip when you’re out in public so they don’t fall on the ground…it’s a lifesaver!
Sensory play is very important at a young age so we try to find toys that could include at least two senses at a time. The water play mat was a huge hit in our house! Landon loved seeing the characters move and feeling the water as he hit the mat.
Fine Motor Skill Building:
Fine motor skills is the coordination between your hands/fingers and eyes and includes grasping smaller objects, pulling doors or using a zipper. Building up these skills at a younger age helps with feeding themselves, learning to write, and turning a doorknob as they grow older. There are six motor skills: agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed.
I work with Landon every day on a certain skill and once he understands it, we introduce one more. Many of his Christmas gifts are in this list section and I am so excited to see him learn new skills, but honestly he’ll probably enjoy ripping the wrapping paper most of all.