All birds need a variety of toys; it is essential that they have different textures to explore with their beaks. A parrot's first sensory instinct is to touch something with its beak in the same way that humans touch things with their fingers. A happy parrot is one which has a variety of things to do. It needs to be able to chew on wooden toys and to destroy them sometimes. It needs to have some toys to shake and one of those thick ones made of twisted ropes to rub itself against and preen it as if it was another bird.
Some parrots enjoy having a 'project' which may involve problem-solving like 'how can I remove this object from where it is hanging up in my cage so that it falls onto the floor of the cage'! I have known a cockatoo which would be occupied all day doing it then watching the last piece of the toy drop with great satisfaction. Your parrot may enjoy the puzzle toys which are becoming more widely available.
It's a good idea to rotate toys every few weeks so that birds don't get bored.
Larger birds like macaws and cockatoos will need to have much bigger and stronger toys to play with than smaller parrots.
It is very important to consider the safety of toys before giving them to birds, especially those which are to be placed inside their cages.
It helps to remember that most parrots enjoy drama so it's helpful to save the dramatic mood for playtime rather than when your parrot does something unacceptable like biting. Getting excited when you play with your bird will encourage it to play, especially if you make a lot of different noises. A very simple way of playing with a parrot is to play some music + dance in front of it! This usually gets a good response and it's fun when a bird learns to copy the dancing in its own way!
Importance of repetition
1. The Gravity Game:
drop the toy + get the human to pick it up. Most parrots adore this game +
will play it for an almost indefinite length of time. If the game is going
really well, it can get into throw the toy + get the human to
Wooden Spoons, Large plastic Legos, Paper Towel, Bow Ties, Tiny Boxes of raisins, Brown paper bags, large stainless steelnuts and bolts, stainless steel quick links, wood pieces (untreated pine), straws, wooden clothes pegs (without any metal), cardboard box with holes in it for hide and seek, cotton rope tied in several knots and hung up, cardboard egg boxes, big beads which are too large to swallow, paper cups and plates, plastic lids, clean hair brushes.