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Build Motor and Social Skills with These Toddler Activity Centers

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Activity centers are a great way to keep children entertained, but they also serve a developmental purpose. Toddler activity centers allow children to explore the world around them through playing pretend and learning to interact with others if they’re playing with other kids. The various activities toddlers can try encourage them to use their fine motor and problem-solving skills as well.

There are loads of buttons to press and things to move to get toddlers working on their motor skills. The activity center has bright colors and engaging sounds, and the ability to transition between a walker, activity table and drawing table is great for moving kids.

There are more than 10 possibilities in this activity center, and they can all be removed or added to the edge of the table as your child engages with them. Because the activities are removable, they can be played with outside of the table itself, making for great individually portable toys.

This wooden garden-themed activity center is at the ideal height for children 18 months and older. Toddlers will enjoy stimulating activities featuring shapes, numbers, colors and movement.

This award-winning 10-piece discovery play cube is made of natural wood and water-based paint. The critters are cute and the colors are bold, keeping children ages 1 and up interested, occupied and entertained.

This toddler activity center encourages play that lets kids use their fine and gross motor skills as children move the pieces through the various quadrants — which requires that they walk around the table at times.

This toddler activity center is packed with barnyard fun, with doors to open, cubes to spin and animals to move around. It can easily sit on a table and has plenty of options for interactivity. The brightly colored pieces are safe for children as young as 1 year old.

Children will love that this toddler activity center comes with plenty of things that twist, turn and make noise, plus a small slide and a window with shutters. This set can transition from infancy to toddlerhood, and it unfolds to give kids multiple ways to play.

This toddler activity center can turn into a table with interactive buttons, books and a steering wheel that all make noise and can shift between English and Spanish.

Сhildren will love that this toddler activity center features plenty of interactive noises and colors. You’ll get 27 interactive touchpoints and can toggle between English and Spanish.

Expert Commentary

If you’re looking for a playset that offers versatility and hours of enriching fun, you should consider getting an activity center. Various options feature different activities that exercise a child’s motor, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Activity centers also encourage creativity and pique their interest with colorful and musical components. Nurture your child’s development with the help of an activity center.

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Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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