When licensed to foster toddlers, children between the ages of 1 and 3, it's important to be ready with toys and activities that will keep them engaged and learning, especially since many foster children are behind developmentally.
As I was pondering what toddler toys to recommend to foster and adoptive parents, I thought - why should I reinvent the wheel when we have experts with About.com on these subjects. So, I compiled a few lists from the About.com Guides to Toys and Toddlers. I hope this list helps prepare your foster home to care of toddlers and preschoolers.
The warm weather brings out more ideas for play with your toddler or preschool foster placemnt. Here are 8 ideas for warm weather fun that help build important skills, from our Guide to Preschoolers.
Before heading outside, make sure that playground equipment and your yard is safe. Another great resource from the Guide to Preschoolers.
Our Guide to Toddlers put together this wonderful resource that lists out ideas by the days of the week, from planning on Sunday to dancing on Tuesday with your foster toddler.
Before heading out to purchase new toys for your foster home, check to see what are some good bets to keep on hand for future foster children within the toddler and preschool age range.
Great Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers
The Guide to Toys has several wonderful lists exploring great toy options for both toddlers and preschoolers. Check them out and use to help setting up your foster home to accept foster children between the ages of 1 and 5.
Foster parents often have to transport foster children to numerous appointments, including visits with birth family. Be prepared for time on the road with these travel games and travel toy ideas from the Guide to Toys. These travel games and toy ideas may also help with fears or stresses related to being in a car seat. Many foster children were not made to buckle up or remain in a car seat, will one of these toys or games be the perfect incentive for your toddler or preschool foster child?