Your older toddler has distinct characteristics and abilities that should guide our choices for toys they will love and learn from
When we consider choosing toys for our older toddlers (who are never, ever, actually really terrible!) let's look at their physical, mental and social abilities and interests in the same way we viewed the younger toddlers in my earlier article. Let's make sure the toys we choose are developmentally appropriate.
Physically, older toddlers are skilled at most simple large muscle skills and do lots of physical testing. They jump from high places, roll, gallop, sommersault and rough and tumble wherever and however they can. Older toddlers like to throw and retrieve objects. They have good finger/hand co-ordination by about the age of 2 1/2 to three years of age. Lots of active play with small objects and exploration of different types of materials is of high interest to this age group.