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Toys for babies

Between 0-6 months, reading books to our baby and giving them objects with different textures for them to manipulate can help with their development. Providing lots of tummy time and having a small mirror placed them is also a great way to keep them engaged.
— Cindy Hovington, PhD. Founder of Curious Neuron

Motor Development: Toys that help babies learn to grasp, stack and more.

Cognitive Development: Toys that help babies develop thinking skills.

Open-Ended Toys: Help children develop creativity and imagination with toys that allow for endless possibilities!

Other Suggestions: Wooden toys such as rings allow for discovery and creativity. Using a white board with magnetic animals is a fun way to create stories together and develop language by naming the animals.

Books for parents

Books for babies

Toys for toddlers

Open-ended toys and Pretend Play: At about 18 months, children begin to develop their imagination and ability to play pretend. Here are some toys that can help promote that.

Don’t have all your children’s toys in their play environment. Hide most of them and keep only a few out. This will help them play longer with 1 toy and help them develop attention skills.
— Cindy Hovington, PhD. Founder of Curious Neuron

Cognitive Skills (thinking skills): Near age 2, you can begin playing small memory games or I spy games to help children develop language and memory abilities. Also, activities that help them stay focused longer will develop their attention skills.

Board Games: Teaching children to take turns, especially to wait their turn is an important skill they will need in school.

Motor Skills: Toys that help wth fine motor and gross motor skills

Matching and Sorting Skills: Toys that teach colours or shapes and help children learn how to match.

Letter and Number Recognition: Helping create an awareness of letters and numbers through play.

Books for Toddlers

Toys and Games for Preschoolers

Board Games:

Logic Games Children Can Play on Their Own

Around the age of 4 is a great time to introduce logic games that children play independently. Use this to help build their internal motivation (not giving up if they can’t solve it and wanting to move up to harder challenges) and build the self-confidence. This will help them when the begin school.
— Cindy Hovington, Ph.D. and Founder of Curious Neuron

Introducing Science and other skills

Open-Ended Play and Loose Parts

Books for Preschoolers

Elementary School Children

Games that can help students with reading and math


When I ask elementary school students if they would like to have a game night with their family, 9 out of 10 said they wish they did...here are some ideas for your next game night!
— Cindy Hovington, PhD. Founder of Curious Neuron

Games Children can Play on their Own


High school Students

Game and Books