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Great Gifts for Older Toddlers 18 to 24 months old

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These toys make great toddler gifts for the 18-to-24-month-old child who is mastering mobility and exploring the more physical aspects of his world. Each of these toys helps him refine his large motor skills plus they're sturdy enough to stand up to his repetitive use. Several of these toys also allow him to practice his emerging vocabulary and social skills.

Lego Duplo

Ultimate Lego Duplo Set
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Duplo sets can be a bit of a frustration to a younger toddler, but older toddlers have often mastered the fine motor skill needed to fit them together successfully. Be watchful and helpful when your toddler plays with these initially to make sure he can handle the task at hand. The open-ended nature of this toy makes it great but can also be a downfall since even older toddlers can sometimes lack the imagination needed to construct actual buildings and objects. Offer suggestions and assistance at first by building walls or seeing how high you can make towers together before they fall down. Soon, the light will come on in your child's eyes and he'll be building much more complex structures. Recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years.
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Fisher-Price Play 'n Go School

Play 'n Go School
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Whether or not your children attend child care or preschool, toddlers this age start to become interested in what goes on at school. This toy helps them use role-playing to work out events they've experienced (both good and bad) as well as use their emerging imaginations to create new scenarios. I love toys like this that have handles and store all the pieces inside. It's great for parents since the toy lasts longer due to no lost pieces and it's great for toddlers because they get a feeling of independence. It's also easy for toddlers to take along themselves, freeing up mom or dad's hands when going places. Recommended for ages 12 months and up.
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Step2 Life Style Pots and Pans

Lifestyle Pots and Pans
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Even without a kitchen set, I think every toddler should have a set of pots and pans or dishes. Something they see every day is adults preparing food, so it's common for toddlers to want to imitate what they see, practicing new skills and making sense of it all through play. Toy dishes also make excellent accompaniments to playdough, water and sand play and are appropriate toys for girls as well as boys. Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years.
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Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Easy Score Basketball
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This basketball goal is great because it's height adjustable and grows with your child. It's also really stable, yet light enough to be moved back and forth between indoors and out. Toys like this help improve hand-eye coordination and large motor skills, plus it's one of those toys that toddlers love playing with over and over which helps estsablish the good habit of being physically active. Recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years.
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Radio Flyer 2700 Pathfinder

Pathfinder Wagon
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This wagon is as much a gift for mom or dad as it is for a toddler. Toddlers will love how easy it is to maneuver and haul around all their favorite things. Parents will love the flip-up seats when taking toddlers on long walks. Each seat has a seatbelt and there are enough cupholders for kids and adults to take drinks along. For trips to the park or around the neighborhood, I favor this over conventional strollers. There's no difficult assembly, Kids can interact better together and it's easier to get them in and out for frequent pit stops along the way. Recommended for ages 18 months and up.
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Playskool Sit 'n Spin

Sit 'n Spin
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As soon as their tiny muscles can coordinate it, kids begin spinning in circles. Companies have been capitalizing on that basic desire since the '70s with this child-powered, body spinning toy. Now it's been updated to include music and lights. It's hard to improve on a classic, though, so I say skip the batteries and just let the spin be enough. This toy is an excellent way to build upper arm strength, just don't let him try it after eating a big holiday meal or birthday cake. Recommended for ages 12 months and up.
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Fisher-Price The Farmer Says See 'n Say

See 'n Say
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There are a lot of more technologically advanced toys that help teach children colors, numbers, vocabulary and animal sounds, sure. But this classic is simple and has stood the test of time. On top of that, it's not likely to put your child into an electronics-induced stupor like some of the other systems that are more like television or video games in disguise. This is a fun, pared-down introduction to technology for a toddler who will be bombarded with much more before you know it. Recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years.
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Step2 Naturally Playful Sandbox

Naturally Playful Sandbox
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A sandbox is one of the most open-ended toddler toys around. It's a racetrack and roadway. It's a place for creative construction. It's a soothing place to dig your toes in and just zone out. It's a place to learn about all sorts of math skills like volume and geometry. I like this one because it blends in to the environment instead of sticking out like a primary colored crustacean or reptile (meaning, even your older kids will still want to play there one day or it can be converted into a mini herb or veggie garden). The four corners serve as seats capable of holding child or adult tooshes and the cover is easy to manage and keeps the neighborhood cats from using it as a litter box. Recommended for ages 12 months to 8 years.
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