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RIE Parenting is a parenting style that is based on respect for your child and believing that every child (even infants) are capable, whole people. Self directed play engaged by a child’s imagination is one of the principles of RIE Parenting. The following non-battery operated toys or play objects are all open-ended and leave the children’s imagination open to create and play.
- Scarves – Scarves are so much fun, these are not as expensive as the 100% silk scarves that 5x more in price but your child can equally have the same experience. These provide endless fun for quality play like playing dress up, doll blankets, dancing and twirling, capes, songs, halloween costumes, magic shows, picnics, ninjas, forts, traveling, movement, juggling, and so much more.
- Wooden Building Blocks – These blocks are solid wood 100 piece set and comes with its own caring case. Blocks are usually a staple in every child’s home, for good reason. They are ideal for introducing early math concepts, including shapes, parts-to-whole, and sorting and building. My daughter especially loves to build a tower only to knock it over! Oh the enjoyment these blocks bring!
- Dome Climber Set – This climbing dome is definitely for the older toddlers but can be used for more than just climbing. The great thing about this dome is that it can be used inside or outside. What a great idea to bring inside during the cold winter months if you live in colder climates.
- Wooden Rock-A-Boat – This is a great gift even for the youngest toddlers. Not only can older toddlers play with this a rocking boat but you can flip it over and use it as a step climber for the youngest toddlers.
- Clear Colors Magna Tiles – My love for Magna Tiles runs deep! This is my go to gift for any 2 year old birthday party we attend. These beautiful translucent tiles have magnets on the edges and the possibilities for play with these are endless. You can build a beautiful creation in the window and watch how the sun reflects the different colors into the room, use a flashlight to make a colorful reflection, play with them on a light table or simply build a creation on the floor much like you would with blocks.
- Grimm’s Large 6-Piece Wooden Stacking Rainbow – Any of the Grimm’s rainbows are beautiful but I especially love this one for its natural wood finish. Stacking and nesting rainbows are a wonderfully open ended toy which inspires creativity as the arches can be used in imaginative play as tunnels, bridges, little houses, rocking chairs for little dolls, and so much more.
- Finger Paint Eco-Kids Non-Toxic Natural Paint – Not all finger paint is created equally! This natural, non-toxic brand is a safe alternative for finger paints for young children. This is a powder based exploratory finger paint which is handmade with natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts. All you need to do is mix the powder 1:1 with water and enjoy watching your child create!
- Anamalz Animals – These beautifully made animals have bendable legs for your child to move freely and are made of organic maple wood, cotton, wool, water-based paint, and formaldehyde-free glue. They are an investment up front but will last for multiple children and we plan on even saving for our grandchildren 20+ years down the road because I know they will last.
- Kinetic Sand – Kinetic sand is magnetic sand that sticks to itself instead of you! We even play with kinetic sand indoors because it is so easy clean up. You will need low, plastic bin of some sort to place the sand in like THIS one.
- Toddler Melissa & Doug Melissa Wooden Table & Chair Set – This gift technically would not be a toy for a toddler but is a great investment to have in any home with young children to create on. They can play with any of the above mentioned play objects on this table while they comfortably sit on a chair just their size.
I hope this gift guide was helpful! If you are new to RIE Parenting, check out The Beginner’s Guide to RIE Parenting . If you already love RIE Parenting check out THESE posts for more RIE Parenting goodness!