top toys - books

We believe the right toys contribute to a positive, healthy childhood and help build life long skills. So we thought long and hard about the kind of toys we wanted to carry at Dilly Dally before we opened our doors. In fact, we researched toys and their benefits for two years before we opened, looking for the right toys that we felt good about promoting.

Most importantly, these toys are fun. The best way to encourage kids to learn is to make it fun, so a toy must be more than a learning tool. We get to watch kids in our store playing with all kinds of our toys, and we listen carefully to what parents tell us about their experiences with our toys. So we know firsthand that kids have fun with our toys


Books really are one of the great joys in life. Cuddling up and reading a story together is a treasured memory for many parents and children, and reading books independently is a wonderful accomplishment for older children. On top of being fun and fulfilling, reading books has a host of other benefits.

It builds a stronger relationship between parent and child. Kids are constantly on the move - running, playing, jumping. Snuggling up with a book let the two of you slow down and enjoy each others company, creating a wonderful bonding time.

It encourages language development and communication skills. Hearing the same sentances of their favourite books helps kids hone in on how sentences are put together and learn vocabulary in context. Seeing how characters relate and talk to each other will encourage kids to communicate well with the people in their own lives.    

Imaginative stories encourage kids to use their own imaginations and stokes their natural curiosity about the world. Reading about fantastical worlds and wild creatures helps unleash a child's creativity, while reading about insects or dinosaurs fuels a kid's desire to know more about their own world.

It leads to academic success. In general, toddlers and preschoolers who were read to show a higher aptitude for learning in general. If a child can easily understand language and how it works, they are more likely to have an easy time understanding new math, science or social concepts when they are explained to them.

It encourages focus and concentration. Learning to sit still to hear the end of a story is skill that must be mastered. When children are older, taking the time to focus and read a picture or chapter book independently requires a longer attention span and self discipline. Books are a wonderful way to teach a child patience.        

It encourages life long learning. Reading is one of the easiest ways to acquire new knowledge, and a passion for reading will mean a life long interest in learning new things through books and articles.

Further reading:

Ten Reasons Why You Should Read to your Kids

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