New grandparents also play a big part in a child’s development. Not only are they part of the family, but they often play a big part as on-call babysitters, friends and story tellers. To help a child learn and grow, here are the 5 top toy gift ideas for new grandparents.
Books are an ageless toy. You can entertain small infants and even teenagers as long as you have the right type of books on hand. For babies, touch and feel books or board books are perfect. Not only can they see shapes and colors, but they can also experience textures. Some board books come with sounds and/or lights, which are also a very good choice.
Babies old enough to grasp can benefit from chalk or crayons. Make sure all materials are non-toxic, which they usually are, just in case they end up in the child’s mouth. You can sit at the table and let your grandchild grasp the crayon and putting your hand over his, doodle on paper. The same can be done outdoors with chalk. For older babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children, finger paints are a nice alternative and allow them to create artwork with little to no assistance.
Peek-a-boo blocks are a great start to stacking and building. Each block is clear with a non-removable toy or object inside of it. These blocks also come with accessories that allow children to empty and fill fun containers and even wagons to be able to take their blocks with them wherever they go. MegaBlocks are another choice. They can be put together like Legos but are large enough to prevent a choking hazard. Unlike peek-a-boo blocks, MegaBlocks have little cars and people that can also be used during play.
Sounds and Lights
Playmats, exersaucers and stand and play centers are great for when you need a little break to get things done. Almost all of these toys have sounds, lights and moving objects which keep baby’s attention, while you can sit back and watch them play on their own.
You are the best toy that any child could have. You can give them great examples, teach them new skills and show them love. Most children don’t care about the toy as much as they care about the time they get to spend with you. Out of all the 5 top toy gift ideas for new grandparents, you are definitely number one.