Open-Ended Toy Recommendations ( 0- 12 months)

This is BY FAR , the most common request I receive, parents wanting to know which open-ended toys I would recommend from one -12 months old. Which toys are suitable for multiple ages, which toys will grow with your child, which toys you should invest in and when to introduce them etc.

I’m happy to finally provide this recommendation guide that you as a parent can reference, that you can send family and friends for birthday and holiday gift ideas and it will explain the why, which developmental benefits it will have, the type of play it will promote within your child and the longevity of engagement it will have.

Each months recommendations are not a suggestion of owning all toys but a proper description or how and how long your child will most likely be interested in engaging with these toys for years to come. When you go through https://modernrascals.ca/ and start filling up your carts try to calculate the price for years of engagement. For Example I recommend in most months in the first year Folkmanis Finger Puppets, most are around $13 but will be played with and enjoyed with until 12 , We have these in my kinder and school- ager programs and the habitats, block play etc are incredible. They are perfect editions to literacy baskets and pairing with songs and stories and so much more!

Add these toy recommendation with a balanced mixture of household items, items found in nature and Recyclables.

These are again open-ended toy suggestions and guidelines of toys that I own, My Daycare programs own and I have over a decade of environmental exposure to gage how long your child will enjoy playing with them or have used them in my workshops.

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One Month

Developmental benefits: During the first month your child will be working on tracking objects from mid-line to the side with their sight, they can lock an object that is placed in the hand, grips objects but cannot yet hold them in hand, working on lifting head a bit during tummy time, and will stop crying to look in the direction of sound or voice. The open-ended toys that I have recommended above will help support this growth and development, with sight, sound and easy grasping items.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your one month old will be developing and working on at lighting fast speeds in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

All of these items are non toxic and safe to be mouthed under adult supervision.

The longevity of engagement: The Rattle, Grasping Grimms Toy and The Small Grimms Rainbow will probably be engaged with for up words of 6-9 months of age. The rest of the toys recommended can be modified and added to different invitations to play for years to come.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Wooden Baby Rattle : https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-baby-rattle-ontario-maple?_pos=1&_sid=53f20154a&_ss=r

2. Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

3.Folkmanis Finger Puppets: https://modernrascals.ca/products/mini-cardinal-finger-puppet?_pos=11&_sid=587d020c5&_ss=r

4. Grapat Natural Nins, Rings & Coins (these items will need to be supervised at all times but perfect for tings hands and fingers to develop those muscles): https://modernrascals.ca/products/nins-rings-and-coins-set-natural?_pos=44&_sid=7d98e30b4&_ss=r

5.Small Grimms Rainbow ( This is an awesome starter rainbow that can also in future be used for small world and imaginative play, its about the size of an adult palm.): https://modernrascals.ca/products/element-small-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=fb4b34b6a&_ss=r

6.Small Dena Silicon Rainbow ( This rainbow has been a household favourite for two years now, it is perfect for adding to all types of elements and environments.) : https://modernrascals.ca/products/neon-rainbow?_pos=3&_sid=f4abbc581&_ss=r

7. Wood Stacking Animal Teethers ( You know I love a good mutli purpose and versitle toy, this will be great for grasping and then down the road be used for stacking, in sensory play, tracing etc.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-stacking-animal-teethers?_pos=1&_sid=77520cc7f&_ss=r

Two Months

Developmental benefits: During the second months your baby will be working on tracking moving objects from side to side, will attempt to swipe and hit objects within reach, will hold objects for a brief period, they will begin to notice their hands and legs, can lift head by 45º during tummy time, will gradually learn that hands and legs are an extension of the body.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Two month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

All of these items are non toxic and safe to be mouthed under adult supervision smaller pieces excluded.

The longevity of engagement: The Rattle, Grasping Grimms Toy and will again probably be engaged with for up words of 6-9 months of age and during this month and the next few will get a lot of love and discovery . The rest of the toys recommended can be modified and added to different invitations to play for years to come. The Grimms lacing string is great quality that I recommend tying to the rings for an opportunity to hit and swipe those objects, like a play gym. These can also help support longer tummy time opportunities.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Wooden Baby Rattle : https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-baby-rattle-ontario-maple?_pos=1&_sid=53f20154a&_ss=r

2. Grapat Wooden Nest Rings (the smallest pieces will have to be withheld until an older age, this set should be enjoyed for over a decade of play and discovery): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-nest-rings-6-rainbow-colours-24-pieces

3.Grimms Rainbow Threading Cords: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/rainbow-cords-for-threading

4. Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

5. Papoose Felt Earth Stacking Set (this is the perfect size and weight to grasp and hold and the different material will offer a new censorial exploration and discovery for your baby.): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/copy-of-rainbow-stacking-set

6. Grapat Natural 8cm Wooden Rings: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-natural-hoops-8cm-3-pieces

7. Wooden Natural Treasure Basket: ( this is a perfect starter set for building exposure and a foundation to loose parts play) : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-natural-treasure-basket-with-10-elements

Three Months

Developmental benefits: During the third month of your babies life they’re learning very rapidly new important developmental skills. Strengthening many muscles in their back and neck so to assist doing more tummy time during this month is important. Providing toys with different sizes, textures, movements and sounds will be ideal during this month. The rattle is great for that cause and effect as they are in the stages of shaking and moving their arms with purpose. and the strings are still a great way to provide opportunities to feel a different texture and grasp easily. The gra pat bowls would be awesome to introduce during this month during tummy time and will be loved and engaged with up until those school-age years.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Three month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: The Rattle, Grasping Grimms Toy , will again probably be engaged with for up words of 6-9 months of age and during this month and the next few will get a lot of love and discovery . The rest of the toys recommended can be modified and added to different invitations to play for years to come. The Grimms lacing string is great quality that I recommend tying to different house hold objects of different sizes, colours and textures for an opportunity to hit and swipe those objects, like a play gym. These can also help support longer tummy time opportunities.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-moss?_pos=1&_sid=20bb81513&_ss=r

2. Small Dena Silicon Rainbow ( This rainbow has been a household favourite for two years now, it is perfect for adding to all types of elements and environments.) : https://modernrascals.ca/products/neon-rainbow?_pos=3&_sid=f4abbc581&_ss=r

3.Wooden Baby Rattle : https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-baby-rattle-ontario-maple?_pos=1&_sid=53f20154a&_ss=r

4. Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

5.Grapat Rainbow Bowls Set of 12: https://modernrascals.ca/products/wood-coloured-bowls-12-pcs?_pos=3&_sid=0b80ee1d8&_ss=r

6.Grimms Rainbow Threading Cords: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/rainbow-cords-for-threading

7.Folkmanis Finger Puppet: https://modernrascals.ca/products/mini-raccoon-finger-puppet?_pos=2&_sid=90df1e756&_ss=r

Four Months

Developmental benefits: During this month your infant will be showing more personality, emotional and facial expression. Spend more time on the ground with your little one, engaging in tummy time, story telling and exploring different textures. Your child is getting better at using their hands and eyes in sync with each other so these toys recommended above will be amazing additions to help support these new developmental skills.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Four month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: The grimms grasping rainbow will still be a big hit during this month. With the bright colours, movement and sounds that the balls make they will be still engaged with by your child. All other toys that I’m recommended above will be played with in different ways by your child, depending on their age, developmental stage and interest until at least 5 or 6 years old. The beauty of open ended toys will always be that the investment will always be worth it in the end for the amount of years played with. Another added bonus with the Dena silicon set is that they are made with a cooking grade silicon so when your children are older you can bake using them as molds and they’re AMAZING for sensory play!

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

2. Folkmanis Woodeland puppets: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/woodland-animals-finger-puppet-set-of-4

3. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-river?_pos=5&_sid=3fab56b51&_ss=r

4. Papoose Earth Stacking Bowls:https://modernrascals.ca/collections/papoose/products/copy-of-gnomes-wool

5. Papoose Rainbow Felted Balls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/papoose/products/rainbow-felted-wool-balls-8-pieces

6. Dena Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/rainbow-kid-house-and-tree-set

7. Flockmani Puppet Blue Jay: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/folkmanis/products/mini-blue-jay-finger-puppet

Five Months

Developmental benefits: This is the month that your infant is going to be preparing those important back muscles to sit on their own, this month focusing on helping your infant sit assisted for longer periods of time and rotating between tummy time is helpful. They will be working on their palmar grasp so when you put items into their hands they will now close and hold them. Five months is the start of true oral sensory intake. Information will start to be processed more often through their mouth. Making sure from here on out that we are offering our children toys that are not a hazard or chocking hazard is important. If your child will be exploring items orally we need to make sure they’re safe.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Five month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: All of these items recommended above will be enjoyed and played with for around a decade in different ways depending on your child’s developmental stage, age and interests. These are all mutli-purpose toys that are open-ended and awesome for the beginning of safe oral exploration.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Wooden balls & Tray : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/natural-wooden-balls-6-pieces

2. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) : https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-moss?_pos=4&_sid=e4a59e6c0&_ss=r

3. Wooden rings: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wood-natural-hoops-8cm-3-pieces

4. Grapat Nins: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-in-3-different-woods-beech-oak-sapell

5. Small Grimms Pastle Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms/products/element-small-pastel-rainbow

6. Dena Small Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/neon-rainbow

7. Wooden Stacking Animal Teethers: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-stacking-animal-teethers

Six Months

Developmental benefits: I feel like I remember 6 months like it was yesterday! (my son is now 2 as I write this post) During this month there is a huge developmental leap. Now is the time your child will start to sit up unassisted, getting ready for solids, pushing and pulling while doing tummy time, they’re going to start becoming more mobile as the next couple months come. At six months your child will see colours more vibrantly and will enjoying playing, engaging, discovery and experiments with their toys for longer periods of time. Offering mostly open ended toys will help set the foundation for future independent play.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Six month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: This is now my FAVOURITE month to recommend toys for because moving forward all toys will have over ten years of engagement. You know your child best, you know which toys and items could be hazardous so please use your judgement. But actually usability, exploration, engaging etc of these toys are going to be their early years, infant-12 years old.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Papoose wooden eggs: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-eggs-6-pieces

2. Grapat nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat/products/wood-nest-bowls-6-rainbow-colours

3. Goki Cars: https://modernrascals.ca/products/cars-natural?_pos=1&_sid=d4f988b73&_ss=r

4. Grimms Medium Rainbow:(This is the month that Amadeo was gifted the medium rainbow and he still plays with it today, my kinders and school-agers also enjoy adding it to their play) https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms/products/grimms-element-medium-rainbow

5. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-river?_pos=5&_sid=3fab56b51&_ss=r

6. Papoose Rainbow nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/rainbow-nesting-bowls

7. Dena Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/rainbow-kid-house-and-tree-set

As we go onto the next months and years try to use your imagination on how your child will discover, play and engage with. Will they be apart of an invitation, sensory set up, open ended play. Keep safety in mind and remember that supervised and early exposure that is guided with boundaries will help set the foundation for important imaginative and creative developmental skills that will help your child play independently. These toys will build confidence and allow your children to express themselves and their emotions through play.

Seven Months

Developmental benefits: During this month you will start to notice your little one communicating with you more often when awake with babbling, making raspberry sounds, laughing etc. They are working hard on mobility, gross and fine motor skills. During the next few months I recommend adding more colour and different textures to your child’s toy collection.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Seven month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: We own all of these items, minus the adorable hermit crab, and they’re to DIE FOR! I wish we had our papoose collection in those earlier months to start exploring those beautiful felt textures and colours. When offering the gorgeous Grapat ring set make sure small hazardous pieces are put away until your child is old enough.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Rainbow Grapat Nins: https://modernrascals.ca/products/nins-12-colour?_pos=3&_sid=d417b16ed&_ss=r

2. Papoose Rainbow Felt Balls: https://modernrascals.ca/products/rainbow-felted-wool-balls-8-pieces?_pos=1&_sid=b46e3ed79&_ss=r

3.Grimms Medium Rainbow:(This is the month that Amadeo was gifted the medium rainbow and he still plays with it today, my kinders and school-agers also enjoy adding it to their play) https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms/products/grimms-element-medium-rainbow

4.Papoose Felt Rainbow Stacking Pebbles: https://modernrascals.ca/products/rainbow-stacking-set?_pos=3&_sid=a4f0f3442&_ss=r

5. Folkmanis Hermit Crab Finger Puppet: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/folkmanis/products/mini-hermit-crab-finger-puppet

6. Grapat Wooden Nest Rings (the smallest pieces will have to be withheld until an older age, this set should be enjoyed for over a decade of play and discovery): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-nest-rings-6-rainbow-colours-24-pieces

7.Papoose Rainbow nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/rainbow-nesting-bowls

Eight Months

Developmental benefits: Eight Months your child is going to start focusing on a “task” at hand for longer periods of time. Now that might just look like an extra minute or too of focused engagement but its a lot of extra work for them. Their able to track moving objects with their sight, manipulate objects by passing them between their hands and start to develop their pincer grasp. ( The pincer grasp is the coordination of the index finger and thumb to hold an item. Each time you hold a pen or button your shirt, you’re using the pincer grasp.) They can start to understand basic repetitive instructions. This is when I started exposing Amadeo to more items that were considered to be chocking hazards, while supervised and teaching what items to mouth and which ones to explore with the other senses only.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Eight month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: We own all of these items, minus the Grimms wooden cars set, but they’re on our wish list. When offering the gorgeous Grapat ring set make sure small hazardous pieces are put away until your child is old enough. The Grapat Balls Discs and Semi Circles are always a go to for providing loose parts play opportunities to build the independent play foundation skills. This would be the month that I would say it would be great to start slowly start building a holtztiger collection. Ours is getting larger slowly but surely and Amadeo adores these beautiful animals. Bonus, when they aren’t being played with they are displayed on the shelf in the playroom as décor!

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Rainbow Stacking Bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-rainbow-stacking-bowls-blue-outside

2.Holztiger Donkey: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/donkey-small

3.Grapat Wooden rounds: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wood-coloured-rounds

4.Grimms Rainbow cars: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/6-multi-colour-cars

5.Grapat Nins: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-in-3-different-woods-beech-oak-sapell

6.Grimms Pebbles: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-pebbles-fire

7. Grapat Wooden Nest Rings (the smallest pieces will have to be withheld until an older age, this set should be enjoyed for over a decade of play and discovery): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-nest-rings-6-rainbow-colours-24-pieces

Nine Months

Developmental benefits: This month your infant is going to be working on some major gross motor skills and core strength as they learn and practice going from laying on their stomach to a sitting position. Working to get a toy that is out of reach. Will now know and respond to their name and recognize and positively interact with their own reflection. Their pincer grasp will start to be able to pick up small items and food.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: Every toy that I’ve recommended for this month above will easily grow with your child until at least 7 if not all the way to 12 years when modifying the invitations or dependent on your child’s creativity and imagination. This scoop is a perfect size and to get them exposed to the scooping and dumping motions, will also help with strengthening the muscles in his hand and motions for practicing fork and spoon skills.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Grimms 7 Rainbow Friends and Bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-7-rainbow-friends-in-7-bowls

2. Wooden Scoop: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-scoop

3. Grimms Forest: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-mixed-forest-blocks

4.Dena Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/rainbow-kid-house-and-tree-set

5. Holtztiger Dino : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/tyrannosaurus-rex

6. Large Orange Grimms Car With Friends: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/car-large-orange-convertible-with-two-friends

7. Grapat Brots: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/brots-18-pieces

Ten Months

Developmental benefits: During this month your Ten month old will be more alert, aware and willing to explore and discover the world around them first hand. With more mobility in play they are starting to work on skills like pulling themselves up from a sitting position to standing while support from an object or person. Will be able to stand while holing onto something. Will spend time seeking objects that are out of reach, enjoy interactions and games like peek-a-boo and songs and dancing. Learn some major communication skills during this month while they start to exchange back and forth sounds as if their talking with you. I highly recommend narrating everything and every interaction with your children from this point on to help build their language, vocabulary and communication skills.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: Every toy that I’ve recommended for this month above will easily grow with your child until the last of those early developmental years of 12 years old. So many opportunities to modify and create activities and learning opportunities with toys like this as your child grows.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Grapat Winter Nins : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/the-seasons-winter-nins-mates-rings-and-coins

2. Holtztiger Giraffe: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/giraffe

3. Grimms Rainbow Hearts : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/hearts-rainbow

4. Papoose wooden eggs: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-eggs-6-pieces

5. Grapat Nins With Wizard Hats: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-with-wizard-hats-12-pieces

6. Grapat nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat/products/wood-nest-bowls-6-rainbow-colours

7. Grapat Rainbow Balls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/coloured-wooden-balls-6-pieces

Eleven Months

Developmental benefits: I would say the next few months are going to be very much focused on mostly practicing gross motor skills as well as noticing and enjoying cause and effect. like dumping toys, breaking down towers, learning how to stack, scooping etc. Starting to known the names of personal objects like toys , cars, blocks, animals etc so its again important to be vocalizing and labeling the items while your children are interacting with them so those connections are being made.    

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: This is the month I like to encourage parents to start building their children’s block collections. Different sizes, colours, shapes, textures etc will be played with for decades and grow with your child’s age, stage of development and interests. Cars and stacking toys will start to become quick favourites within your household.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Folkmanis Butterfly Finger Puppet: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/folkmanis/products/mini-monarch-finger-puppet

2. Wooden Scoop: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-scoop

3. Junior Building Arches : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/junior-building-arches

4. Grimms Rainbow Cars: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/6-multi-colour-cars

5.Holtztiger Elephant : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/elephant-with-raised-trunk

6. City Blocks By Suzy Ultman: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/tiny-city-blocks-by-suzy-ultman

7. Raduga Grez Stacker ( Amadeo has this stacker and LOVES it, the craftsman ship is beautiful and defiantly an art piece décor for the playroom.) : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/raduga-grez-pastel-natural-stacker

Happy Birthday to your One Year Old!!!!

This months recommendations are factoring in that your family members and friends will be looking for present options, you might looking to purchase some bigger investment toys that will grow with your child all the way to the next year and beyond. During Amadeo’s first year is when I started adding these items or these types of toys into his toy collection. He is currently two and still gravitates to them all almost daily or when I bring them out into rotation. The wobble Board and Large Stepped Pyramid are hands down the two most used toys within our household.

Developmental benefits: There’s a lot going this month not only for your little one but for you as a parent! You all survived and thrived in your first year, standing ovation all around! During this month you’re going to see your almost one year old start to strive to complete those gross motor developmental milestones. They’re developing sharper finger control with wider range of motion, as well as learning the use of several more objects once modeled by a care giver. Keep in mind we are heading into the destructive play early years so breaking down towers and dumping bins out are helping aid in their brain connections and development.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: All of these First Year Birthday recommendations will be enjoyed for over a decade by your child/children! yay for open ended toys!

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Bamboo Wobble Board: https://modernrascals.ca/products/bamboo-wobbel-board?_pos=1&_sid=14ce15c67&_ss=r

2. Grimms Large Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-element-large-rainbow

3.Holztiger Lion: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/lion-1

4. Grimms Large Stepped Pyramid: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/stepped-pyramid-4-cm-thick-building-sets

5. Colour Street Block Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/colour-street-45-pieces

6.Wooden Tweezers: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-tweezers

7. Grimms threading game: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/thread-game-in-a-wooden-frame

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