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Skill Building Toys and Games for Babies & Toddlers 0-3 Years

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Got Special KIDS|What Z'it What' Zit Fish

Multi colored to be moved into endless configurations!

Our Price:: $4.99
Got Special KIDS|Oball Rollin Rainstick Rattle Oball Rollin Rainstick Rattle

Rainstick that rolls and rattles.

Our Price:: $10.49
Got Special KIDS|Count & Build TotBot Learning Resources Count & Build TotBot

Twist, build & stack with a little bot of fun.

Our Price:: $16.99
Sale Price: $10.99
Savings: $6.00
Got Special KIDS|Fat Brain Toy Dimpl Fat Brain Toy Dimpl

Little fingers can not resist!

Our Price:: $12.95
Got Special KIDS|Learning Resources Peg Friends Around the Town Learning Resources Peg Friends Around the Town

Community characters can be mixed, matched, and stacked.

Our Price:: $17.95
Sale Price: $13.98
Savings: $3.97
Got Special KIDS|Fat Brain Rollobie Cute Tactile Silicone Toy Animal w/ Rolling Belly Rollobie

A rattling, rolling, sensory-building friend!

Our Price:: $14.49
Got Special KIDS| GO AWAY Monster!! Preschool game GO AWAY Monster!!

The Game Where Little Kids Get Rid of the Monsters for Good!

Our Price:: $14.99
Got Special KIDS|Viga Toys - Turning Geometric Blocks & Gears Viga Toys - Turning Geometric Blocks & Gears

Match, stack & sort.

Our Price:: $28.49
Sale Price: $15.89
Savings: $12.60
Got Special KIDS|3-D Squeezable Sensory Shapes w/ Bumps for Fine Motor Skills Hedstrom Sensory Shapes - 6 Pack

Vibrant colors and knobby surfaces capture interest and hearts!

Our Price:: $16.99
Got Special KIDS|Learning Resources New Sprouts Fresh Picked Fruit & Veggie Tote Learning Resources New Sprouts Fresh Picked Fruit & Veggie Tote

Encourage dramatic play with this collection of play produce!

Our Price:: $24.95
Sale Price: $18.14
Savings: $6.81
Got Special KIDS|Learning Resources Fox In The Box- Position Word Activity Set Learning Resources Fox In The Box- Position Word Activity Set

Learn words that rhyme and postional phrases in an interactive, engaging way!

Our Price:: $27.95
Sale Price: $19.19
Savings: $8.76
Got Special KIDS|Pull Along Pals - Inky by Fat Brain Toy Co. Fat Brain Pull Along Pals - Inky

A cleverly crawling sea critter!

Our Price:: $19.95
Got Special KIDS|Pull Along Pals - Crabby by Fat Brain Toy Co. Fat Brain Pull Along Pals - Crabby

A cleverly crawling sea critter!

Our Price:: $19.95
Got Special KIDS|Cloud B Sleep Sheep Cloud B Sleep Sheep

Cuddly sheep plays 8 soothing sounds.

Our Price:: $24.99
Got Special KIDS|Cloud B Frankie The Fox Cloud B Frankie The Fox

Cuddly fox plays 8 soothing sounds.

Our Price:: $24.99
Got Special KIDS|Cloud B Peaceful Panda Cloud B Peaceful Panda

Cuddly Panda Bear plays 8 soothing sounds.

Our Price:: $24.99
Got Special Kids|Twilight Buddies are ultra-cuddly friends Cloud B Twilight Buddies Hippo

Projects a starry night sky onto the ceiling and walls.

Our Price:: $24.99
Got Special KIDS|Cloud B Twilight Turtle Cloud B Twilight Turtle

Creates, magical, tranquil environments.

Our Price:: $29.99
Got Special KIDS|SpinAgain Fat Brain Toys Spin Again

It's a stacking toy with a spin—literally!

Our Price:: $29.99
Got Special KIDS|Cloud B Tranquil Turtle Cloud B Tranquil Turtle

Soothing ocean sights and sounds

Our Price:: $39.99
Got Special KIDS|Gymnic Rody Inflatable Horse Gymnic Rody Horse - 14"

Gymnic Rody Horse develops balance, movement skills and coordination.

Our Price:: $49.65
Got Special KIDS|Mini (Nursery) Fold & Go Trampoline Mini (Nursery) Fold & Go Trampoline

Great for energetic kiddos!

Our Price:: $62.99
Got Special KIDS|Edutray Cube Chair Set Cube Chair - Children's Factory

Help kids focus and sit still with the Cube Chair Set!

Starting at: $64.57
Got Special Kids | River Stone features a soft base and a hard top platform supported by three strong steel springs to enable bouncing, which requires adjustment through the child's ankles and legs, making it a more challenging activity than simply Gonge Riverstones

Step into coordination, balance and fun!

Our Price:: $67.99
Got Special KIDS|Fold & Go Portable Trampoline Fold & Go Portable Trampoline

A must for any sensory diet.

Our Price:: $74.99
Got Special KIDS|Neptune Table and Lid Set Children's Factory Neptune Activity Table

Sensory play without the mess. Sand & water fun all-in-one sturdy table!

Starting at: $114.49
Got Special Kids | Gonge Hilltops | Five Hilltops of varying heights encourage children to jump from top to top, helping to develop the ability to estimate distances, while building a familiarity with heights. Gonge Hilltops

Inspire jumping from top to top.

Our Price:: $129.99
Got Special KIDS|Durable 18-Oz Vinyl Tumbl Trak Mat in Various Sizes & Colors Tumbl Trak Mat

Designed for discovery and soft play.

Starting At: $148.00
Got Special KIDS|Developmental Play Cube Children's Factory Developmental Play Cube Children's Factory

This large and easy to use cube is the perfect fine motor laboratory!

Our Price:: $199.00
Got Special KIDS|Children's Factory Sturdiblock Set Children's Factory Sturdiblock Set - Soft Stackers

Help stimulate creativity and stacking skills!

Our Price:: $213.19
   
 

The first three years of life are an exciting and magical time. During these short three years, babies who can barely stay awake long enough for a single feeding become people who are well on their way to developing the concept of their own individuality.
There are many processes in the works to get children from point A to point B during this time; small achievements become critical stepping stones and having the right tools in your toolkit from the beginning offers an advantage that's difficult to replicate later in life.

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are skills that require children to utilize their large muscle groups to move and balance. Gross motor skills are involved in sitting upright, standing, walking, running, jumping etc. Gross motor skills are the building blocks for various other skills including refined hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Many children naturally develop gross motor skills during everyday activities in which they have a chance to explore their surroundings. However, like any other skill, gross motoring can be refined and more accurately developed. Encouraging children to practice their gross motor skills will help improve proprioception, balance, muscle development and bodily control. Children with improved motor skills are more independent, have increased opportunities for social interaction and have an improved sense of self.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills begin at birth, although they're hardly refined at this stage. That doesn't mean that practicing activities such as grasping and holding onto objects should be overlooked. Even at a very young age, babies begin to develop the skills they'll need to eventually feed themselves, tie their shoes, button a shirt and thread a needle. As fine motor skills improve, quality of life improves as well; fine motor skills set the stage for an independent life in which your child can prepare his own food, practice proper hygiene and keep up in school.

Color & Shape Recognition and Comparisons

Most young children are drawn to colors and many will be able to name them within the first few years of life. Colors and shapes are fun to play with and explore, but being able to give a name to the "red triangle" is more than just a fun activity. Color and shape recognition, matching and sorting all fall into the category of skills known as cognitive proficiency, and these types of skills are critical to several other abilities including fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, language and more.

Pretend Play

Pretending is fun, but did you know it's actually a major milestone for development? There are many different types of ways to pretend; some kids love action-packed play, others are homebodies. But the thing all pretend play has in common is the intrinsic role it plays in early childhood development. Pretend play builds thinking skills, helps to grow social and emotional skills kids need to succeed later in life, and further develops language and communication.

Understanding of Time

Time management is an all-around important skill, and although children don't develop it until much later, having a basic understanding of how time works is highly valuable even for kids as young as two and three. Understanding before and after, being familiar with the passage of time and learning to cope with transitions are important life skills that should be introduced early. Be consistent and keep schedules, talk about yesterday, today and tomorrow, and make sure children can visualize the passage of time with visual timers.

Self-Esteem

Perhaps one of the most critical life skills, and one that can best be taught and reinforced by the success in learning, is self-esteem. Self-esteem is something that can either develop or be stunted over time, and begins with positive attention, reinforcement and feedback. When babies feel good about themselves because they are rewarded and accepted regardless of how big or small their accomplishments are, self-esteem grows. Over the course of those first few years, a healthy self-esteem will make kids more accepting of themselves and others, more eager to learn, more likely to take healthy risks and more likely to fit in.