Kylie now has his little world from all the Jurassic Park toys he got for his birthday. When they’re younger, they’ll chase them around and pop them; when they’re older, they can master the blowing duties, either for little siblings and cousins to enjoy or purely for their self-satisfaction. “When it comes to outdoor play,” adds Silver, “a lot of it is purely physical, but then you have the other level, which is imaginative play.” Kids go outside in this playhouse – with a working doorbell, stove burners, plus all kinds of other kitchen accessories that you won’t care about them making a mess with because, well, they’re outside – “and it’s all about imagination.” If your little ones have a wide age gap like the four-year spread of this author’s, you can also consider the larger, two-level KidKraft Cozy Escape Playhouse, which has everything from a kitchen to the bottom, a climbing wall, and a twisty slide for the bigger kids.
Also noteworthy: The small balloons are the perfect size for toddler’s hands, and because they’re soft-sided, they won’t cause injury even with the occasional headshot. ‘ So you can kind of make it more for even teaching science and math skills using distance, measurement. The straightforward reason this mower is a tried-and-true hit: “Toddlers and preschoolers love to copy their parent’s activities,” says Beurkens, “which makes ‘mowing’ the lawn with their very own bubble mower an exciting activity for them.” Even if their parents don’t own a lawnmower, they’ve likely seen other adults using them elsewhere. And there’s a developmental benefit, too: “Besides the fun of watching the bubbles blow around as they push the mower,” notes Beurkens, “kids in this age group are working on valuable gross-motor, balance-, and visual-perceptual skills at the same time.” But to focus on the bubbles feature for a moment: “Never underestimate the power and allure of bubbles, and for kids of all ages,” says Siegel.
To find out, we gathered suggestions from a slew of experts: child psychologists and toy insiders, children’s librarians and Little Gym owners, kids and parents including one writer of this story, Steven John, the father of a toddler and a kindergartner who maybe knows a little too much about playing T-ball and blowing bubbles. A tip when selecting baby diapers, find the greater dimension types instead of baby diapers. And again, don’t underestimate the freedom kids lego moc modular will find in a house that’s not confined to the walls of their own house: “If there’s dirt in there, that’s fine. If there’s water in there, that’s fine,” says Scott. But another reason kids are drawn to gardening is that, as Scott puts it, “they like getting dirty.” This G & F set stands out for how genuinely functional – and durable – the pieces are, as John can attest after five years of owning some that remain in great shape.