The 9 Best Advanced Toddler Toys to Buy in 2018

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Like all gifted children, gifted toddlers need plenty of intellectual stimulation, and they can get quite cranky when they don't get it. The world is new to them, so they need opportunities to explore all that is in it. That means that these children should be able to learn about not just letters and numbers, but about art, music, geography, science, and every other part of the world and universe! Since toddlers tend to be active, they need ways to expend some of their energy! These toys will provide everything your gifted toddler needs!

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Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube

The Mini Play Cube by Anatex allows curious toddlers to learn or practice with counting, letter identification, color recognition, eye-hand coordination, visual tracking and other cognitive skills. The 12" x 12" cube, which features a mini-coaster, a pathfinder, gears, spinning alpha-numeric tiles, and an abacus, can be placed on a tabletop or the floor. The recommended age is 3 and up, but younger gifted children will find it fun and entertaining. It will also give them needed practice with fine motor skill development. (Photo Courtesy of Anatex)

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GYMENIST Safe KIDS TRAMPOLINE Portable & Foldable

This children's trampoline is great for those active gifted toddlers and preschoolers. Its weatherproof mat and coated steel frame make it perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. It also features a padded cover which prevents jumpers from accidentally stepping through the bungee cords, making it safe for young children. Recommended ages are 3 years and up. The younger children should be supervised by an adult.

3

Learning Resources Math Mat Challenge Game

This toy is perfect for the active, mathematically gifted older toddler. It is a circular mat with numbers around the outside. Kids listen to an equation and then solve it by jumping on the correct numbers. The game has six different games and two levels of difficulty, reinforcing skills with numbers, counting, adding, and subtracting. Although the recommended age for this toy is ages four through seven, younger gifted children who love numbers will certainly love this game.

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Musical Touch Play Keyboard Singing Gym Carpet Mat Funny Animal Piano Toy

The Musical Mat is a flat 28.1" long keyboard-like mat that children can play with their hands. This mat features the sounds of a piano, duck, cat, bird, dog, and frog. It is recommended for children ages 1-3.

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Mozart Magic Music Cube

This durable toy is a great way to introduce music to young toddlers. They can learn the sounds of music and although the sound quality is not like a real orchestra, the approximations allow toddlers recognize the sounds of five different instruments--harp, French horn, piano, flute, and violin. With the touch of a button, children can "compose" and arrange Mozart masterpieces. They can start with a violin, then add a piano. Or they can start with the flute and piano and add the french horn and violin. The options are endless!

6

Foam Letters and Numbers Set

Bath time with these colorful foam letters and numbers will provide plenty of opportunity for fun and learning. These letters and numbers will float in the bath water, where your toddler can pick them out and make words by sticking the pieces to the walls. (They stick on just with the water and don't hurt the walls.) They can pick out the numbers and put them in order or combine them to make bigger numbers. You might want a couple of packages so your word-loving toddler can build words that require more than one of each letter!

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Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker

This sorter/stacker will provide endless hours of bliss for those gifted toddlers who love to sort things. Twenty-five brightly colored pieces can be sorted and stacked according to not just to color and size, but geometric shape as well! The pieces are smooth solid wood, each with the same size hole allowing the pieces to be placed on one of three wooden pegs on the stand -- in any size order! The recommended age for this stacker is 2 and up, but younger gifted toddlers who love to sort will enjoy it as well.

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Kaplan Toddler Paint Easel

This two-sided easel measures 20" wide by 31" high. The legs are relatively short, making it the perfect size for toddlers. At the bottom of each leg is a suction cup which holds the easel to the floor. When a toddler (or someone else) bumps into it, it won't move or tip over. Each side of the easel also has a paint cup tray which holds four paint cups (sold separately). This is a great way to introduce toddlers to painting and artistic creativity.

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Step 2 WaterWheel Play Table

This sturdy plastic water table has a waterwheel, a wide funnel, boats, and a cup. Children can pour water into the funnel, activating the water wheel, which in turn spills water into the inner and outer "harbors." The table encourages creative play and stimulates cause and effect learning. The table, which holds as many as four gallons of water, requires some adult assembly.