We are big believers in play-based learning here at Green Piñata. And to foster that in your home, you need the right toys! This month, we’re highlighting some of our favorite HABA baby toys from that are perfect for learning all those necessary baby skills.
For your littlest learners, it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out what kind of play your baby is capable of and which toys will help them work on those essential skills they need to learn. Here is a look at some amazing learning toys, the ideal age for play, and the skills each of them bring out.
Ages 6-12 Months
Your child is on the move! Whether it’s rolling, crawling or taking a few steps, your child is seeing the world through a whole new vantage point and eager to get into – everything. Learn more about the baby toys that are just right for your little one’s age.
Got a teether? This sunny, fun toy is the perfect match for your teething babe. Made with pure beechwood and colored with a non-toxic water-based stain, you can rest easy allowing your child to discover different textures (and some pain relief) with this clutch toy. The moving rays and a built-in bell to introduce the concepts of cause and effect.
Blocks are an easy tool that encourage fine motor skills. These soft blocks enable your littlest explorers to grasp, mouth, build and even knock over their creations without any of the dangers harder toys may invite. We love the wonder dice because they also boast fun sounds and crinkling fabric to entice your baby to play.
These fun eggs engage your child in touch, sound and sight with bright colors, a smooth shape, and maraca-like sounds. At this curious age, your baby will instinctively shake items to learn more about it and these eggs help promote that curiosity while introducing new colors and the ability to create sound.
This skill-packed toy is one of our newest additions to the collection. Your baby builds cognitive skills by color matching, fine motor skills by gripping and shaking the pieces, and language and matk skills through sorting each shape. The shape sliders even resemble barn doors, so let their imaginations run wild by pretending to feed the animals through the doors!
Ages 12-18 Months
Your one-year-old baby is turning into a toddler with lots of new skills, personality, and even some language. This is the time for hyper growth in fine motor, linguistic and cognitive skills. Learn more about what toys can help boost your 12-18 month old’s development.
Your one-year-old is likely becoming more and more intrigued with farm animals, and that along with the bright, fun colors found in this stacking puzzle promote your child’s natural curiosity to play. Introduce your child to concepts of size and as they work through completing the puzzle, talk about how the pieces range from smallest to largest.
Your babbling baby will love to be just like mommy or daddy with this fun, open-ended camera toy. This toy camera invites your child to build her fine motor skills by holding onto and pressing down the life-life shoot button, and explore his or her newest words by telling a story about what she’s taking pictures of.
The mix and match animal clique is a fun way to engage your child’s imagination as he explores the various combinations of zebra and lion or elephant and parrot, while building his fine motor skills and small muscles to take apart each connecting piece. Once he’s made his “new” animals, tell a silly story together and explore one another’s imagination.