Gifted toddlers are like all gifted children – they need plenty of intellectual stimulation. When they don’t get it, they can get pretty cranky! It’s so much fun to provide that stimulation to them. After all, the world is still quite new to them. They need to explore everything and learn not just about letters and numbers, but about art, music, geography, science, and every other part of the world and universe! But toddlers can’t just sit around taking in information. Because they tend to be active, they also need to expend some of their energy. The toys listed here will keep your toddler challenge and active!
The Mini Play Cube by Anatex is perfect for curious toddlers. The 12″ x 12″ cube allows them to learn or practice with counting, letter identification, color recognition, eye-hand coordination, visual tracking and other cognitive skills. It includes a mini-coaster, a pathfinder, gears, spinning alpha-numeric tiles, and an abacus, and can be placed on a tabletop or the floor. It is recommended for kids 3 and up, but younger gifted children will certainly find it fun and entertaining. More than that, it will give toddlers some practice with fine motor skill development.
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Does your toddler love to jump around? This children’s trampoline will allow your little jumper to bounce around to his heart’s content. It has a weatherproof mat and coated steel frame, making it prefect to use both indoors and outdoors. A padded cover prevents jumpers from accidentally stepping through the bungee cords, so it’s safe for young children. The recommended ages are 2 years and up, but he younger kids should be supervised by an adult.
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This is another trampoline that gives toddlers a chance to safely jump to their heart’s delight. The trampoline mat is just 12 cm from the floor, the metal frame has a rubber cover, and the supporting handles have a foam cover, protecting the jumper’s teeth and face. Did you know that trampolines are good for more than releasing all that excess energy active toddlers build up? They also promote muscle strength and increase endurance. The recommended ages for this trampoline is 36 months to 6 years.
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Older, active, mathematically gifted toddlers should love this toy. It is a circular mat with numbers around the outside. Kids listen to an equation and then solve it by jumping on the correct numbers. The game has six different games and two levels of difficulty, reinforcing skills with numbers, counting, adding, and subtracting. The recommended ages for the Math Mat Challenge Game is four through seven, but it will no doubt appeal to younger gifted children who love numbers.
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This musical playmat is a 14.5 x 11.6 flat keyboard-like mat that children can play with their hands (or feet). This mat features eight piano function keys and 6 kinds of animal sounds. As soon as baby is moving, she can enjoy the sounds and music.
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This durable toy is a great way to introduce music to young toddlers. They can learn the sounds of music and although the sound quality is not like a real orchestra, the approximations allow toddlers recognize the sounds of five different instruments–harp, French horn, piano, flute, and violin. With the touch of a button, children can “compose” and arrange Mozart masterpieces. They can start with a violin, then add piano. Or they can start with the flute and piano and add the french horn and violin. The options are endless!
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Bath time with these colorful foam letters and numbers will provide plenty of opportunity for fun and learning. These letters and numbers will float in the bath water, where your toddler can pick them out and make words by sticking the pieces to the walls. (They stick on just with the water and don’t hurt the walls.) They can pick out the numbers and put them in order or combine them to make bigger numbers. You might want a couple of packages so your word-loving toddler can build words that require more than one of each letter!
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This sorter/stacker will provide endless hours of bliss for those gifted toddlers who love to sort things. Twenty-five brightly colored pieces can sorted and stacked according not just to color and size, but geometric shape as well! The pieces are smooth solid wood, each with the same size hole allowing the pieces to be placed on one of three wooden pegs on the stand — in any size order! The recommended age for this stacker is 2 and up, but younger gifted toddlers who love to sort will enjoy it as well.
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This two-sided easel measures 20″ wide by 31″ high. The legs are relatively short, making it the perfect size for toddlers. At the bottom of each leg is a suction cup which holds the easel to the floor. When a toddler (or someone else) bumps into it, it won’t move or tip over. Each side of the easel also has a paint cup tray which holds four paint cups (sold separately). This is a great way to introduce toddlers to painting and artistic creativity.
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This sturdy plastic water table has a waterwheel, a wide funnel, boats, and a cup. Children can pour water into the funnel, activating the water wheel, which in turn spills water into the inner and outer “harbors.” The table encourages creative play and stimulates cause and effect learning. The table, which holds as many as four gallons of water, requires some adult assembly.
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