Toddler-Friendly Mechanical Toys?

Toddler-Friendly Mechanical Toys?

Carrie McBride
Jul 12, 2011

Q: I have a hard time buying my toddler toys. He gets bored with many of his toys very easily. But we have noticed that he is very mechanically inclined. He likes small things with moving parts that he can explore and play with, a metal key chain of a robot with moving limbs, for example. At the same time, in typical toddler fashion he gets very frustrated with tasks that are beyond him. We would like to encourage his mechanical exploration with appropriate toys. Are there toys like this? Does anyone have any suggestions?

Sent by Shaunna

Editor: I think my son and yours would get along very well or at least gravitate toward the same kinds of toys so I'm eager to hear readers' suggestions. One toy my son loves is Frigits which is a magnetic marble run. We first bought it when he was about 2 and we mostly set it up for him and he'd drop the marble. Now that he's three he can move the parts around by himself and figure it out. Readers - what are your ideas for toddler-friendly mechanical toys?

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