Friday Review: Top 5 Favorite Toys at 18 Months

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sometimes finding new, entertaining toys that offer some educational value can be daunting. Especially if you are searching for a gift.  That's why I chose the topic of toys for today's review.

The attention span of an 18 month old isn't very long.  The girls play with a lot of different toys in one day.  So when writing this post, I really had to think about which toys the girls  returned to time and time again.

G and J's Top 5 Favorite Toys at 18 Months 

  • Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Home- Girls love this interactive house. There are two modes- music and learning.  Teaches letters, numbers, counting, sorting, shapes, and colors. My girls especially love the clock, the shapes, the key, the working lights switch, and the interactive moon/sun. 

  • Mr. Potato Head and Extra Tub of Parts- The girls love putting him together and taking him apart over and over again.  Opportunities for parents to teach body parts, counting, and colors.  Helps develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. 

  • Playskool Elmo Cell Phones- The girls received these phones as a gift from my aunt.  They love them!  Slide the phone open and close, push the buttons, and listen to the sesame street friends talk. Teaches numbers, greetings, and salutations.  The volume is very tolerable, so they make excellent toys for the car. 

  • Board Books-The girls still LOVE to read and be read to.  One of their favorite quiet activities is sitting down and "reading".  Look for books that are interactive, repetitive, not too many pictures and words on one page, and/or rhythmic/sing- songy (not sure that's a word).  Some all time favorite books of my twins include, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Where is Baby's Belly Button by Karen Katz (they love pretty much any lift the flap book by Karen Katz), most books by Sandra Boynton like The Going to Bed Book and Tickle TimeBrown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin and Eric Carle, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow , Mr Brown Can Moo!  Can You? by Dr. Suess... (whoa! so many more to  name...  future post idea?).  

  • LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics- girls love inserting the letters into the letter factory.  Each letter sings a song. The tune is repetitive,  but letters and sounds are changed accordingly. Although my two think holding the letters up to my mouth or their own mouths and singing the song is hilarious. Even though the recommended age is 2+, the girls received this toy as a Christmas gift last year.  They still enjoy playing with it.  Teaches letters, letter sounds, and develops fine motor skills.    
Choosing the top 5 toys was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.  I had quite a few runner ups.  Hope this helps if you are searching for that perfect new toy. There are so many great ones to choose from.  

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