INFOGRAPHIC: Age up your kid with these toys sure to help their development at every stage

Age up your kid with these toys suited to each of their developmental stages. (Image: iStock)
Age up your kid with these toys suited to each of their developmental stages. (Image: iStock)

Many people think that toys and games are frivolous activities designed solely to stunt child development and your pocket, well, what if I told you that that’s not the case.

Often, toys and games are designed to help young ones reach their developmental milestones. While it can be tough to navigate what the key developmental ages are and how we can assist in fostering that development in our kids, it’s important to learn when and how.

Playing games and with toys serves a vital role in developing social, physical and intellectual skills, according to Dr Bettye M Caldwell, a PhD Professor of Paediatrics in Child Development and Education.

Toys that are designed for this use a blend of problem solving, colour and shape recognition as well as mobility-focused features.

A journal article by Kenneth R Ginsburg and the Committee on Communications, and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, found that play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.

Here are some of the best toy options you can find in stores like Toys R Us or on Takealot to help your child through these seven key developmental age periods:

kid developmental toys for every age

This post is sponsored by Fisher-price produced by BrandStudio24 for Parent24. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24