A little known secret for finding the best toddler climbing toys is to select good age specific ones. We all know that toddlerhood is a time for discovering various new skills, abilities and developing physically.
Now typically toddlers are aged around 2-4 years, but on this page we'll go a little outside this rage so as not to miss great evergreen ones.
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During this period your toddler is learning to speak properly, learning to do new things with their hands and legs, learning new concepts and developing new skills practically each day. One of the major development areas is physical... getting stronger, learning concepts like left and right, coordination, and experiencing perceptual concepts like over, under, in and out firsthand.
The good news is, the right kind of toddler climbing toys will go a long way to stimulate this development process.
Children, particularly toddlers delight in exploring: climbing, swinging, getting into things; and yes getting into a lot of trouble as well! Climbing toys can help a child discover and develop new physical skills without getting into trouble.
In the interests of your toddler's safety as well as the well being of the rest of your home, you probably spend a lot of time telling your toddler not to climb. However, climbing is an important form of locomotion. Children need to learn this physical skill and also need to expend their energy productively.
Bottom line is, help your child climb, and explore and have their own little adventure each day by picking the right kind of toys for them.
Space. Consider whether you want an indoor or outdoor climber. If you have a yard or open outdoor space, you can get an outdoor climber. However you will have to make sure that you will be able to supervise your child's activities at all times if you do pick an outdoor climbing toy.
Simultaneous. Try to pick toddler climbing toys that more than one child can use simultaneously - this way you can have your child learn to play with other children and develop social skills.
Safe. Pick climbing toys that are made with non-toxic, child safe materials, with no sharp edges or protrusions. Look for a design that will make it unlikely for your child to fall off or get hurt.
Strong. Also make sure that the toy is sturdy and well made so that it can withstand the rough treatment that your toddler will undoubtedly mete out.
The Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse consists of a small set of stairs leading up to a covered platform and a small slide on the other side. Toddlers, who enjoy stair climbing and sliding and repetitive activities of this sort, will enjoy this. The compact design makes it suitable for indoor as well as outdoor activities.
The Spet2 Clubhouse Climbers are also good toddler climbing toys. This is a bigger, more complex climbing toy that may be suitable only for an outdoor space. It has more for your child to explore and presents more possibilities. Several kids can use it at once.
The Crawl & Climb Caterpillar from ECR4Kids looks like a caterpillar. The child can crawl along inside, climb over and ride it too.
The Little Tikes Climb & Slide Castle is a small climber consisting of a simple set of steps, a slide and a small platform. This way your easily bored toddler can hop from one to another activity and remain engaged. Great for confined spaces.
The Step2 Skyward Summit is another one of the toddler climbing toys that present multiple climbing opportunities and keep the child amused and occupied for a longer duration. Built to simulate a rock face, this climber presents a summit for the child to scale. It consists of cargo and floor nets, grips and different climbing surfaces. A younger child may be able to do less and then may progress to higher levels, giving a sense of achievement or accomplishment.
The Toy Monster Portable Monkey Bars is a smaller version of the classic jungle gym found in kids' playgrounds. This is a portable climber that requires adult assembly and may be suitable for the outdoors rather than the indoors. Two or three kids can play together on this sturdy toddler climbing toy, by climbing, swinging from the bars and more.
The Metro Design Inflatable Jungle Gym is another great idea for a toddler climber. It has crisscrossing bars that kids can climb and a bouncy platform as well. Since this item is inflatable you are less worried about your child getting hurt.
Similarly the Double Sided Rock Wall is also inflatable, which makes it easy to use and portable as well.
Many of the other implements listed above, such as the slide, swing and other toddler climbing toys are also available in the inflatable versions if you prefer that.
Lastly, also have a look at a few outdoor climbing toys by going here.