As you watch your child grow, you may naturally begin to compare your little one to another child, a peer, or some developmental milestone. Just as adults come with their own unique set of personalities, but children do, too. From a very young age, babies begin to assert who they are. With each different personality comes a unique way of processing the world and learning. By knowing if your child is shy, relaxed, an entertainer, or an explorer, you can help build a solid foundation that will make them feel confident and successful. Here are some great toys for each child’s personality type.
Toys By Personality Type
The Shy Child
The shy child is the one watching everything around him. They may not be interacting or saying any words, but they know what is going on. If you have a shy child, chances are, you have said, “they understand everything that I say but haven’t said any words yet.” This is because the shy child needs a lot of practice to say words. You may find this one silently moving their lips to try out new words or practicing in the crib when no one is watching.
Toys for the Shy Child
The shy child enjoys playing alone. Puzzles are a great way to introduce new vocabulary and entertain your child. You can build in language routines, such as “peek-a-boo,” to help build your child’s confidence before they are ready to take the risk of saying their first words.
Stacking toys are a great way to build problem-solving skills. By using simpler toys, you can take some of the focus off of learning a new skill so that your child is free to focus efforts on building language.Buy Here
The shy child wants to be sure that they are doing it right, so give them something to look at. Having a small mirror in the play area allows your child to see how their lips and tongue move to make different sounds and motivate them to experience more sound play.Buy Here
Books with Sliders
Books that have doors that open and close provide a great opportunity for your child to be more actively involved in book reading. If your child needs to ask for help to open the door, that just might be the opportunity they need to use some words.Buy Here
The Relaxed Child
Like the shy child, the relaxed child’s personality may come across as very quiet. Really, though, they are just looking for a good reason to use their words. You may find the relaxed child playing with quieter toys or bopping around to music. One benefit of the relaxed child is that they are very attentive to book reading, so you won’t ever have to worry about wrangling them for storytime!
Toys for the Relaxed Child
Sensory bins are a great way for children to dig in and make learning exciting. Although they may be cautious at first, the relaxed child is cool with just about anything. They will love commenting on all the new experiences while playing. This is a great toy for a relaxed personality.Buy Here
Building is a great way to build problem solving and creativity. Remember that if a relaxed child is motivated, the language will flow. Working together with magnetic blocks provides many opportunities to talk through what they are doing.Buy Here
Baby Einstein Cube
For a relaxed brain, music is key to language learning. This activity can easily be leveled up by adding words to the song for a creative language routine. Your relaxed child will learn words put to song much quicker than just listening to spoken words.Buy Here
Textured books are a nice surprise that will have baby wanting to express her enjoyment. Your child will want to go back to these books all the time—instant motivation!Buy Here
The entertainer has no problem telling you exactly what is on their mind. Parents of an entertainer may wonder if there was ever a time that their child was NOT communicating. This kid enjoys performing for a crowd and easily attempts new words. They have no problem going into new situations and meeting new people.
Toys for the Entertainer
Every entertainer needs a microphone, even if it is just the kind that echos. This can be a way for your child to teach others or be an announcer of what is going on during a daily activity.Buy Here
With so much language, the entertainer does well with pretend play. They can learn different scenarios with a doll, such as bath time, bottle feeding, or diaper changes, and pair each new situation with new language phrases.Buy Here
Another great way to encourage pretend play is with play food. This is a great way to build creativity and combine multiple items into play by making soups and sharing a feast with teddy bear friends.Buy Here
Puppets can be used to bring the entertainer’s favorite story to life, whether they are the actor or the audience. These are great toys for the entertainer’s personality.Buy Here
The explorer is non-stop energy and has no problem taking risks. This is usually the child who began walking before their first birthday but was slower with words. At times, the explorer’s fearless attitude finds them in risky situations (like escaping from the crib). Although this fearless nature lends itself well to the risk-taking required of language learning, the explorer needs help slowing down to absorb language.
Toys for the Explorer
A tunnel is a great way to get some sensory input to slow the body down and find a sense of calm. Turn it into a game to find objects on one side of the tunnel to place in a bucket on the other side of the tunnel to practice naming objects.Buy Here
Ball Drop Toy
Kids love this toy! Simply place balls on the top and watch them fly down the racecourse. To slow the explorer down a bit, hold onto the balls, and have your child request. Then, practice saying “Ready, set, go!” as you drop the balls in.Buy Here
For the child on the move, provide a fun outlet, such as soccer balls, golf sets, or basketball hoops (depending on the space!). Or, get creative and turn a laundry basket into a soccer net or basketball hoop using squishy balls or balloonsBuy Here
Simple orange cones can be an amazing tool to set up obstacle courses. Simply put a picture of an animal on each cone to have your child act it out as they hop, jump, or crawl past.Buy Here
Knowing your child’s personality can be empowering for both you and them. And these toys specifically for their personality can help! For help deciding your child’s personality, take this easy quiz.