Getting an idea of what a child really likes can take a bit more time that you think to begin with. Parents are brilliant at knowing their child engages easily with TV programs, YouTube clips, computer games, Bob the Builder, trains etc. This is really useful information but the child has usually already developed ways of playing with these things on their own they are good at them and may not want to change!
But if we spend a bit of time thinking it through we can get the idea of what is working for the child. Do they like clear bright colours, things with wheels, things that move or make a noise in a predictable sequence? Do they like simple repetitive tunes or songs, stories that have a clear beginning, middle and end or is it when something explodes on the screen that they laugh a sure sign that a child likes a game with a big finale! Try and work out what it is about the things a child finds appealing that are creating the attraction.
When I am thinking this through I try and keep a note in my head is this a child who likes big exciting games or perhaps one that likes detail and precision would they like water and messy play or would they prefer dry things Perhaps I could try building a very high tower of paper cups to knock down or would they like watching a coloured ice cube melt in the bath.
It takes courage to risk new things and try to play in different ways but try and move away from the idea of playing with toys that are sold in shops such as farms, cars, posting boxes or puzzles as these rely on imagination and perhaps have limited ways they can be used. They are great in their way but we need to think differently and add some great shared engagement you could always start by freezing an ice cube tray of water with food colouring added and see what your child thinks when you put them in the bath you could put them in bowl you could put them on a tray at the table you could let them melt in your hand or on a bit of kitchen towel what are you going to try?