Awesome Tracking Toys For Toddlers

For Gus' first birthday he received a ball tracker as a gift. It quickly became his most favorite toy and now, nearly a year later, it has never left his toy rotation. He loves it! He uses it every day and it is hands down the things he has used the most - ever. Now, this weekend while volunteering at the Montessori booth I could see that the appeal of the ball tracker extended far beyond Gus. The booth also has this ball run and it was so popular. And not just with toddlers! But even older kids couldn't pass by without playing. 

After watching the appeal of the ball track, it got me thinking about the appeal of these toys and all the wonderful tracking options available. Tracking is an important skill for babies and toddlers to develop. Everything from language development, to hand-eye coordination, to reading skills depends on eye strength.

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Montessori friendly tracking toys for toddlers



Augustus has some visual eye tracking delay as a young infant and for his care team, getting his eyes properly tracking was the number one concern because it can delay motor and language skills.  For a baby, the visual and the tactile mobiles are a wonderful way to work on tracking and eye development. These toys help pick up where the mobiles left off for older children! 

Plus, these are just naturally so much fun! There is so much experimenting that can happen - what can roll, what can't roll, what will go fast, what will go slow, who will win. I love watching Gus use his tracker and just sit mesmerized! It seems to be that perfect blend of concentration and movement that is so hard to come by for toddlers! 

Montessori friendly tracking toys for toddlers

Do you have a ball/car run/tracker toy? How does your child like it? 
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  1. Can you please update the link for #8? I think it may be incorrect and I can't seem to find that model on Amazon. Thank you very much!

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    1. I just had the same problem, it's the Everearth jr. ramp, and it has a lower price from bed bath and beyond than on Amazon right now!

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  2. I have the Ever Earth small car tracker already, but I am curious if there are any benefits to the big one (yours) that the smaller one can’t provide. We are limited on space, but I love the one you have, and wondering if I should get it!

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