Toys/games for 2 & 3.5-old

Shinta Dhammayanti - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm a mother of a 3.5-year-old boy & a 2-year-old daughter.
Any suggestions on what toys or games best promote intelligence for children their age ?
Thanks a bunch :-)

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Crystal - posted on 06/16/2010

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omg yes!!!!!!!!! but it will prob. only help with the 2 year old, since my daughter is 17 months, i know more about her age. i am a stay at home mom and ive been trying to promote early learning in my baby. here is a lists of things i do with her and games i play.
- string a necklace of cherrios it promotes fine motor development
-frost mini cupcakes with different colors to teach colors
-count everything you give them (bites of food, toys, blocks) all day long
-stack and build things with blocks
-water play with different sized cups to teach that 2 small cups equal 1 big cup of water etc..
-phonics all day long. just how i said to count everything, whenever you give them, or talk to them about something speak the phonics way. it will help them pronounce words
-do the alphabet 2 times a day at least in the phonics way here is a fun website-starfall.com (level k)
-read read read everything. i labeled everything in my house. on every chair there is the word chair taped to it and so on.
-draw and teach. teach them how to draw circles and lines. this will help them to eventually write the alphabet.
- fingerpaint

User - posted on 06/16/2010

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My 2 year old son loves puzzles~ board puzzles & shape ball. He also likes the concept cards with pictures of different shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. He just turned 2 and already is recognizing most of his numbers, a hand full of letters, names of some shapes, and colors. He also loves to color on blank sheets of paper. I also only let him watch educational cartoons that are geared towards preschoolers (Nick Jr.) He is learning a lot from them, even some words in other languages and some sign language.
Leap Frog toys are also good for preparing reading and phonics skills.

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