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Mia rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of toys in cre­at­ing bonds among sib­lings and par­ents as well as stim­u­lat­ing cre­ativ­ity in chil­dren. Here are her picks:

Zingo: It's Bingo with a twist. If you want to in­tro­duce tod­dlers to the con­cept of a board game, this is a great choice. It teaches them pic­ture recog­ni­tion, strength­ens their hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion, and it also helps them learn the con­cept of tak­ing turns.

Glit­ter glue, crayons, black board:

To dis­tract kids from the TV and the tablet, I stock up on art ma­te­ri­als. With just a few strokes, the kids are able to let their imag­i­na­tions fly.

Wooden toys from Melissa and Doug:

My kids can spend hours play­ing pre­tend with th­ese cook­ing sets. They are worth ev­ery peso be­cause they are built to last. I do hope they pass them on to their own kids some­day.

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