Babies learn by playing! When you include playtime during a storytime, it is a great opportunity to show parents some quality toys they can make or purchase. This is also a good time to simply remind parents to play with their child each day. Being a new mom/dad can be overwhelming and it's important for them to know why playing is so vital to little ones.
The most important thing to remember is to use what you have. Old puppets just laying around? Give them a quick wash and throw them in the circle. A ton of boxes that you've been saving and have no idea why? Make some shape sorters and drums with them!
If you are lucky enough to have some budget money set aside for storytime materials, here are some of my top baby toys I would suggest. I've linked where I purchased them in the captions. Disclaimer- I am receiving no money/reward/incentive to market these toys. I simply want to make your toy buying experience an easy one!
|These blocks are great because they aren't|
just your traditional square shape.
Each block is a different letter and has
a corresponding unique animal.
|Really soft fabric covered blocks-|
perfect for infants.
The first thing I knew I wanted to purchase was blocks. I decided to go with two sets. One for my babies (10-23 months) and one for my infants (0-10 months).
|These are very sturdy and get thrown a ton.|
They haven't begun to show any wear yet!
|Rolling Shape Sorter|
|These puppets are just ones that I've found in our storage|
area. I have no idea where they were purchased.
|Stacking Cups on left.|
Soft Rainbow Stacker on right.
|Stacking Rings on left.|
Stacking Cups on right.
|Sets from- Lakeshore|
|Picnic Basket & |
Grocery Store Bag
Seriously, please play with your babies at storytime.
What are some of your favorite storytime toys? Is there any that you would absolutely not recommend?