games/toys/books/things for 1-4 year age

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I am looking for personal feedback even if I am aware that there is hardly a universal liking, especially at such a young age. Using google, I have got a huge list of things that 2-4 year old apparently like in general. Many of those things are not available locally in South africa. So, what did your 1-4 year old liked?

e.g. something like books such as Tails/Where's baby's belly button/The circus ship (the goyilla book :) are quite a hit for my boy - bed time reading. He likes to put together lego block train as well - and disassemble by throwing it the moment it is done; shape sorter was a hit for 2 days but he got bored after he figured out all the shapes. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip to pretoria zoo. and so on..
 

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A Tablet with one of those kid proof covers.
At that age experiential stuff is more important IMO.

What might be a good activity is making. Allowing him to put his own toppings.
 

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1-4 year olds should be playing with shapes and learning how to manipulate and conceptualize objects. It will help them form foundational mathematical and language skills. There was a fascinating episode of 99% Invisible about this subject yesterday actually.

Also get him a balance bicycle and a truck he can pull around behind him and put blocks and stuff in. We had a Y Bike for all our kids. They can vroom around endlessly and it's easy to transition into a real bicycle when they get big enough for it.

If they have a pet it's also very good for them to play with and learn how to take care of an animal. Preferably something like a very patient dog who won't react if he gets his hair pulled a bit.
 

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A Tablet with one of those kid proof covers.
At that age experiential stuff is more important IMO.
According to SO's insistence, we are trying to limit screen exposure (tv/internet/phone/tablet) till as long as we can. Let us see how long. I got a kid's tablet for him (alphabet/song - prerecorded, 100 rand variety from gearbest) but didn't like it. At times, if you reintroduce stuff after 2 weeks, he likes it.

What might be a good activity is making. Allowing him to put his own toppings.
Good idea.. so far, we just tried giving him roller pin for dough etc..
 

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Problem with giving them some screen time it ends up with the parents using it as an excuse to get free time for them

Get puzzles as well , that works well

if you have a yard best is to get them outside

get a playgym or those rubber toys for outside
 

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Problem with giving them some screen time it ends up with the parents using it as an excuse to get free time for them

Get puzzles as well , that works well
Yeah with puzzles you build up by the number of parts. So you start with wooden puzzles that only have 4-5 parts. Once they mastered it you can move on to 10 pieces, 20 and on. Remember if a child discards a toy it means he's mastered it and he's ready for something more challenging; it doesn't mean the blocks themselves are obsolete and he needs a whole new kind of stimulation.
 

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Problem with giving them some screen time it ends up with the parents using it as an excuse to get free time for them
Get puzzles as well , that works well
if you have a yard best is to get them outside
get a playgym or those rubber toys for outside
Thanks - I think it is time to reintroduce puzzles as he seems to have gone past chewing everything phase now. We got a bit of space in garden - looking actively for some jungle gym on olx .
 

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Yeah with puzzles you build up by the number of parts. So you start with wooden puzzles that only have 4-5 parts. Once they mastered it you can move on to 10 pieces, 20 and on. Remember if a child discards a toy it means he's mastered it and he's ready for something more challenging; it doesn't mean the blocks themselves are obsolete and he needs a whole new kind of stimulation.
yeah my son does this

he is onto bigger puzzles now

a little fighting at 1st cause he cant do it and then he does it
 

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Thanks - I think it is time to reintroduce puzzles as he seems to have gone past chewing everything phase now. We got a bit of space in garden - looking actively for some jungle gym on olx .
check OLX gumtree and the likes

Remember the jungle gym is not a way to get out of the park , they need to go to the parks as well

where are you based ?

in CPT there is tons of weekend activities for the kids
 

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check OLX gumtree and the likes
Remember the jungle gym is not a way to get out of the park , they need to go to the parks as well
where are you based ?
in CPT there is tons of weekend activities for the kids
We are in Jozi - I doubt jozi has as many activities as Cpt but found something - https://www.gauteng.net/blog/top_10_kids_activities_in_johannesburg - except zoo, none of them really suitable to a 2 year old I think; maybe some kiddies rides at gold reef city. We will try soon.
 

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Thanks but Sho. These are expensive these days. I will look for cheapie versions in china mall.
or check gumtree and FB marketplace for people getting rid of old toys

wash them nicely a few times and they good to go
 

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1-4 year olds should be playing with shapes and learning how to manipulate and conceptualize objects. It will help them form foundational mathematical and language skills. There was a fascinating episode of 99% Invisible about this subject yesterday actually.

Also get him a balance bicycle and a truck he can pull around behind him and put blocks and stuff in. We had a Y Bike for all our kids. They can vroom around endlessly and it's easy to transition into a real bicycle when they get big enough for it.

If they have a pet it's also very good for them to play with and learn how to take care of an animal. Preferably something like a very patient dog who won't react if he gets his hair pulled a bit.
Loved that episode, also love how Roman Mars gets excited about these things ,lol
 
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