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Teach Toddlers Basic Skills

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I realized last night that I have done my (Princess Karen’s) Little Man a GREAT disservice by always helping him get dressed. I told him to unbutton his shirt and he could not figure it out. He can put on pants and underwear and T-shirts, he can do zippers, but he cannot button things. He also cannot tie shoes because I have always gotten him elastic lace shoes. I decided now was the time to look for things to help work on that this summer before school starts again for him.

Here are some of the items I am considering. Do you have any of these items? What do you think about them?

Alex Toys Learn to Dress Monkey is a 22″ long plush doll has 11 dressing activities that helps develop fine motor skills. Learn to snap on straps, button, hook and loop, zipper and more. It comes with real socks and lace up sneakers. Shirt and overalls are removable, too.

Manhattan Toy Dress Up Pirate Aides in the development of fine motor skills and encourages dressing yourself. Comes with a parrot friend. Made of soft, surface washable fabrics. Stimulate and nurture your child’s imagination.

Alex Toys Little Hands, One, Two, Tie My Shoe! Four chunky foam shoes to lace and learn to tie. Includes 4 lacing shoes, 4 printed laces and a shoe-tying lesson card. Ages 3 and above.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wood Lacing Sneaker Incredible value and superior craftsmanship make this item a top seller and childhood favorite. Brightly colored, smooth-sanded pieces help build early shape, color and size differentiation skills. Wooden, high-top sneaker helps kids learn to lace and tie over and over again! Ages 3+ 8 x 5 x 3.75

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