“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..”! Oh my! It’s already that time again. Time to start doing your Christmas shopping! The Child’sPlay therapists have compiled a list of our favorite toys to facilitate child development! Remember, limit toys that do the talking or action for your child! The less the toys do, the more the child will have to do! Children need less time with electronics and more time with hands on manipulative toys to develop appropriate motor, language, and social skills. So take our list with you and Merry Christmas!
Toys for Fine Motor skill development:
Pick up Sticks
Legos (age appropriate size)
Bead stringing kits/lacing activities**
Paint/color by number
Play-doh with cutters, plastic knives, rolling pin, etc.
Stamp kits with ink pads
Easels for drawing/painting
Wind up toys
Toys for Speech/Language Development:
“Little People” toy sets
Chutes and Ladders
Mr. Potato Head
Toys to encourage gross motor development:
Infant “arches” that encourage baby to reach up and grab items
Toy shopping cart
Wagons to put toys in and push/pull
Balance bikes (preferable to training wheels)
Kitchen sets (encourage standing/pulling up)
Sidewalk chalk for hopscotch!
**These items contain small parts and are for older children only. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended age minimums when purchasing toys!