Problem solving toys for toddlers ; Ultimate Buying guide

Emma Davies
Stay at Home Mom

There are many ways in which parents can assist their toddlers development of problem
solving skills such as Don’t helicopter parent, let problem solving be part of everyday but one
of the most important is to provide toddlers with the opportunities to develop and practice
these skills. Well thought out and fun toys provide this without the toddler even knowing they
are learning and learning through play is born.

When looking at the best problem solving toys for 2 year olds to purchase there are some easy guidelines for you to think about:-

Age appropriate - The manufacturer may advise suitable for 3+ however many of
these toys are suitable to push your toddlers development.

 Fun - Whether learning problem solving or colour recognition children learn through
play and in order to do this, play must be fun!

Something New - Introducing something new that a toddler has not experienced
before will be exciting for them, whether this be Mozart, Maths or another language.

Experience - Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University states that
experiences in the earliest years of life form the foundation of brain architecture.
Experience is key!

Spike the fine motor Hedgehog

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog - Toddler Learning Toys, Fine Motor and Sensory Toys for Kids Ages 18+ Months, Montessori Toys,Educational Toys for Toddlers

This early peg play toy helps children to build fine motor skills, early pattern recognition, matching and sorting.

As children give Spike back his quills they are learning through play early math skills, counting and colour recognition.

This is an example of a really simple yet effective problem solving toys for toddlers.

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Melissa and Doug Construction building set in a box.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Construction Building Set in a Box (48 pcs)

This beautifully presented construction set comes complete with 48 wooden pieces. This includes nuts, bolts, drilled bars to connect and a child sized screwdriver for all those little jobs.

With this sturdy set you can build a crane, motorcycle, aeroplane and racing car.But with a bit of imagination and a few twists and turns you can build hundreds of different things.

Each time that children play with this construction set toy they extend their fine motor skills, problem solving skills and hand-eye coordination. Also included with this set is extension activities for parents to build early math skills, colour recognition and counting.

This is an excellent example of a problem solving toys for toddlers as you can add other Melissa and Doug building sets to create an even better play experience.

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GEMEM Shape Sorter Toy

GEMEM Shape Sorter Toy My First Wooden 12 Building Blocks Geometry Learning Matching Sorting Gifts Didactic Classic Toys for Toddlers Baby Kids 2 3 Years Old

This is a classic problem solving toys for toddlers toy that has been around in various forms for decades, yet it seems to stand the test of time.There are many variants on this classic toy but all have the same learning principles and goals.

This particular one comes complete with 12 holes, 18 coloured building blocks shape classification lids and 5 different shapes. This should keep those little minds busy for a bit. Whilst they play this toy is enhancing their creativity, imagination and cognitive skills.

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Wooden Puzzle Set

Dreampark Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers Ages 1-3, Montessori Toys for 1 2 3 Years Old Girls Boys Baby Kids Puzzle Learning Educational Christmas Birthday Gifts Toys 6 Pack Animal Jigsaw Puzzle

This set is made up of 6 beautifully presented wooden jigsaw puzzles. Images of colourful animals have been well chosen to capture the imagination and enhance the creative mind of most toddlers.

These pieces are the perfect size for toddlers to easily manipulate. They are also small enough for on the go entertainment, which for parents is always a bonus of any toy.

While enjoying these puzzles children can develop their motor skills, colour recognition, animal names and hand-eye coordination. A true toddler brain toys.

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Fat Brain Toys Wooden Express 100 Piece Train Set

Fat Brain Toys Wooden Express 100 Piece Train Set Imaginative Play for Ages 3 to 4

This wooden set comes complete with over 100 pieces including all track, trains, cars, shops and other accessories as pictured above.

This will give children hours of imaginative play as they visit the shop, post office or bank by either train or car.

One of the best things about this set is that it is compatible with most other wooden train tracks, meaning as your child grows so can their train track and the complexity of them.

This is a great problem solving toys for toddlers as they discover what shape track they want and can build, where to put a level crossing, a bridge or a big loop.

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Mag-genius building tiles

Best toy of the year award winning construction toys. This is a good example of construction toys for toddlers. This toy encourages creative and imaginative play and also enhances the development of  STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) subjects. This is also a good example of problem solving toys for toddlers.

This set comes complete with 104 pieces which includes 1 car bases with wheels.

There are 15 different shapes including cones, which means your child’s imagination has no limits when it comes to this building toys for kids.It also comes with its own storage bin, so all those pieces can be kept safe for another day of fun and construction.

You simple add magnets on the inner edge, these are strong enough to build any structure and for it to survive the demands of the most enthusiastic toddler

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Melissa & Doug geometric stacker

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker - Wooden Educational Toy - Shape Sorter And Stacking Toy, Stacking Tower Toy For Babies, Toddlers And Kids Ages 2+, Multicolor, Playsets

This beautifully made set comes complete with 25 multi coloured assorted shapes. These development toys help to build early shape, colour and size differentiation skills.

These can be further developed by Adults playing games with children to extend their learning further. By removing all the pieces to a flat surface and helping children to name each shape, comparing size both on a flat surface and by using the rods, the pieces can be sorted by colour, shape or size. This could also be a construction toy for toddlers as every child will try to build a free standing tower to knock over.

This would be an exceptional addition to any gifted child’s toy box

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 Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube

This Parents Choice Gold Winner, multi purpose toy provides opportunities for hours of engaging and intriguing fun. A perfect problem solving toy for 2 year olds.

With activities on 5 sides provide opportunities for visual tracking, maths skills, letter and number recognition, colour recognition and many more. It also promotes basic learning skills such as hand eye coordination.

This toy will challenge any gifted toddler with its Abacus, Roller Coaster track, Pathfinder, Gears and Learn the alphabet.

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