The Best Christmas Gift Guide – From 6 to 12 months
From the age of six months your baby will learn more from playing and being with you than from anything else. Babies learn by exploring with their mouths, eyes, ears and hands. Your little one will be learning through touching, grasping, putting things both tasty and not so tasty in their mouths! A baby’s brain will develop faster in their first year than at any other time. Learning through play is at the heart of the Early Learning Centre, and here we have our top picks that will help your little one develop and learn.
The Little Senses Sensory Walker does just that, it supports and encourages your little one to take their first steps. It is jam packed with activities to keep them entertained. Pick up the phone and say hello! Spin the numbers to see lights and hear sounds. Learn the piano and post the balls!It has two modes of play – first is where the toy is lying flat as an activity centre for little one to play with sitting on the ground. The second is when in walker mode for babies first steps.
The Little Senses Lights and Sounds Shape Sorter comes with six different shapes in a variety of colours and textures that little hands will find easy to grip. Bursting with lights, sounds and tunes to make learning fun. Younger babies will enjoy slotting a shape into the correct position and watching as it lights up and rewards them with a fun sound. Older babies can place the correct shape into the correct slot as it lights up, and will be rewarded with a fun sound. Perfect for promoting problem solving skills and honing hand-to-eye coordination.
The Little Lot Stacking Rings will keep your little one entertained for hours, watch as they order the brightly coloured rings on the stacking pole from biggest to smallest, batting the wibbly-wobbly base to see what happens as it rocks back and forth.
This classic preschool toy helps develop your child’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in their early years, as they grasp and explore the 5 multi-coloured textured rings, which are the perfect size for little hands to play.
Little ones love to mimic what we do, and the Little Lot Baby First Phone lets them do just that! They will love pretending to phone their friends and family with this toy. It is lovely and chunky making it easy for little hands to grasp, they can press the 4 colourful buttons for fun sound effects and catchy tunes (they might be a little too catchy, sorry!)
This toy encourages roleplay which is such an important part of any child’s development, it also provides sensory stimulation and the development of fine motor skills from an early age.
Little ones will love grooving and moving to the music with this Baby's First Tambourine toy from the Little Lot range. It will let them discover different musical sounds and develop their fine motor skills as they press the buttons of their first musical toy. The textured handle is great for little hands to grasp and shake about, hearing the rattle sounds jangle. Press the rounded buttons for cheerful sound effects including animal noises and soothing lullabies.
ELC Lights and Sounds Drum is another great introduction to music for any little person. There are three silly sounds and four melodies for them to sing, dance and listen to. Watch as they move along to the rhythm while looking at the colour-changing lights. Tap the different buttons for funny sounds and move along to the rhythm while watching the colour changing lights as you play. They can also enjoy the free-play mode where they can pat the drum to hear fun drum-beats.
When the drum is rolled along the floor, your little one is rewarded with more lights and sounds – great for encouraging them to crawl or walk.