Top 10 Developmental Toys of 2013

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Developmental toys feature designs specifically meant to help children learn to read, count, and work on their motor skills, all crucial skills for growing children. When looking for developmental toys to purchase at a local store or on eBay, shoppers should first determine the age appropriateness of any toy. Caregivers should buy toys specific to the skill they want their children to develop, such as tying a shoe or learning shapes. Most developmental toys work by using colours, shapes, and sounds to help children develop recognition in these areas, as well as how these things relate to the world around them.
1 Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Clock
Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Clock

The Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Clock features a clock that allows youngsters to tell time while sorting the various shapes on the clock. The shapes have numbers 1 to 12 on them and only fit in a certain spot, helping children to make the correlation between number and shape.


2 Learn to Dress Monkey
Learn to Dress Monkey



3 Wooden Double Sided Easel

With a whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other, children 3 years and up can develop their artistic skills using the Wooden Double Sided Easel. The easel can hold a roll of paper up for easy use through the provided magnets, and it folds flat for easy storage.


4 ALEX Busy Beads Maze
ALEX Busy Beads Maze



5 Shape Sorting Cube

The Shape Sorting Cube teaches shape recognition while exposing children to various colours. Once done, they can open the lid to start again. Children can also learn to count and improve their stacking skills, amongst other activities, through interactive play with caregivers.


6 Playskool Learnimals Colour Me Hungry Hippo

Combining sound effects with a variety of activities, the Playskool Learnimals Color Me Hungry Hippo teaches children to differentiate shapes and colours while feeding the hippo. The toy comes with 5 different shapes and more than 45 different tunes, activities, and sound effects.


7 VTech First Steps Baby Walker
VTech First Steps Baby Walker

The VTech First Steps Baby Walker helps support and encourage babies to take their first steps and features a detachable learning centre. Children can practise with shapes, colours, and more when using the activity centre, as well as listen to a variety of music and sounds.


8 Noggin Stik
Noggin Stik

The Noggin Stik encourages early development as it lights up in various colours to stimulate a baby's senses. Its easy to hold design makes it simple for babies to develop their grasping skills, and the soft rattle on the Noggin Stik helps them develop their ability to locate sound.


9 VTech Learning Fun Toolbox
VTech Learning Fun Toolbox

The VTech Learning Fun Toolbox contains a variety of tools, including a screwdriver, wrench, hammer, and saw. Children can manipulate the gears, bolts, nails, and buttons as they learn numbers and colours. The exterior handle allows easy carrying of the toolbox wherever they go.


10 Wonderworld Glow Blocks
Wonderworld Glow Blocks



Age Appropriateness for 2013 Developmental Toys

Shoppers should consider the age appropriateness of any developmental toy before purchasing it. Manufacturers label developmental toys so caregivers can easily identify a toy of the right age for their children. Shoppers can also consider developmental toys that provide learning opportunities for children through a range of ages and stages, such as baby through toddler year toys to ensure the longest use from the purchase.

Buying Developmental Toys on eBay

To find the best in developmental toys, caregivers can search on eBay. This requires shoppers to input keywords in the Search bar, which then brings up a list of results and categories specific to developmental toys, including toys for preschool and younger children. Caregivers should only buy toys appropriate to the age of the child. Shoppers should additionally consider buying from top-rated sellers, as many offer free shipping with their products. Remember to check a seller's feedback rating before making a purchase. Shoppers can find a selection of new and used developmental toys for babies and toddlers alike on eBay.
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