The results are in. Our team of educational experts have agreed to share their recommendations on the best counting toys for toddlers, and why. You can access the ultimate list at our online shop, but firstly let’s find out: what to look for in a good counting toy?
Educational Benefits of Counting Toys for Toddlers
We may not think it very important nor relevant for babies under 1 year old to count or recognize numbers at this early stage. However, research suggests merely exposing babies to number shapes and listing (or singing) numbers being counted forwards and backwards, can go a long way towards helping them acquire numeracy skills from an earlier than average age.
Pattern prediction starts from a very young age, even in babies, and the repetition of patterns is essentially the basis of math, whether it is seen, or heard, or felt through touch. Some counting toys associate numbers with sizes or weights, which can help a baby relate the number symbols to the quantities they represent. Introducing mathematical relationships early in a child’s life can manifest into an ease of mathematics and similar analytical sciences later in their lives.
What to Look for in a Good Counting Toy
Simple shape puzzles and shape toys stimulate a baby’s senses to the point where they encourage an early logic problem solving and reasoning skills. This along with other daily life activities aids in the development problem solving and pattern recognition.
The acquirement of basic math skills evolves into a clearer understanding of engineering, physics and logical science concepts later in life due to early cognitive developmental processes that good math games and math toys provide.
Best Counting Toys for Toddlers
The best counting toys for toddlers support cognitive development and numerical literacy, using sounds & dexterity challenges to teach number shapes and quantities.
Here are just a few of what our early learning experts deem to be the best counting toys for toddlers this year.
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