Flourish Toy Checklist; Toys that Promote Sensory Development, Speech/Language and Motor Skills

Posted on 17. Dec, 2012 by in Main Blog, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy

 

Toys for Skill Development

The Holidays means toys for most of our little, and not-so-little, ones.  Why not bring a little learning and skill-building into the fun?  Here’s a few questions to ask yourself when searching for functional skill-building toys and activities:

Toys that Promote Speech/Language Skills:

Does the toy promote imaginative play and interaction?  Think: Dress up clothing and costumes, kitchen sets, dollhouses, puppets, train and race car tracks, action figures

Does the toy promote imitation and talking?  Think: Alphabet/sound games, microphones, see and say, interactive books

Does the toy promote active thinking or problem-solving?  Think: Cause and effect toys, shape sorters, games that involve sequencing and clues, cooking kits

Ideas for Various Age Groups:

SHOPPING LIST MEMORY GAME

SIMPLE FIRST WORDS; LET’S TALK

ZINGO

GUESS WHO?

READ AND BUILD LEGO

EEBOO WRITE ME A STORY BOOKS

TABOO

LEAP PAD EXPLORER

DISNEY HEADBANZ

SCATEGORIES

 

Toys that Promote Sensory Development:

Does the toy do more than one thing?  Think: lights, sounds, contrasting colors, textures and sizes

Does the toy involve movement?  Think: slides, swings, things that go!

Ideas for Various Age Groups:

NED’S HEAD

LIGHT AND SOUND BUSY GIRAFFE

DISNEY COLOR ADVENTURE PLAYLAND

VIBRATING PENS

INSTASNOW

BILIBO

BALANCE BOARD

SIT AND SPIN

BOUNCING BALL

 

Toys that Promote Fine Motor Development:

Does the toy rely on the use of fingers or small hand movements/ manipulation? Think: marbles, lacing boards, puzzles, spinning, drawing, buttons/knobs/latches, crafts, jewelry kits

Ideas for Various Age Groups:

WOK AND ROLL

TIP IT

KERPLUNK

PERFECTION

BARREL OF MONKEYS

BALANCING BLOCKS

IMAGINE THAT! COLORING BOOK

PLAY DOH

MAGNA DOODLE

ANGRY BIRDS KITS

MUSICAL KEYBOARD

Toys that Promote Large/Gross Motor Development:

Does it promote large body movements?  Think:  jumping, running, skipping, climbing

Ideas for Various Age Groups:

BIKES!

TRAMPOLINE

INDOOR SLIDES

SWING SETS

WALKERS/ TRANSITIONAL TOYS

PILLOW RACERS

BOUNCY HORSE

BASKETBALL HOOP

 

Happy Playing! 🙂

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