Gift Ideas that Support Development

Whether it’s the upcoming holidays, a birthday, or your child just needs something new to hold their attention, choosing toys that promote learning are a great way to help your child build skills through play. Try to stay away from toys that light up and make a lot of noise. And remember, kids need a model to learn, so make sure to get down on the floor, show your child how to play with the toy, and engage in back and forth activity. Here are some toys that our therapists recommend:

For Building Gross Motor Skills

Under 1 Year

  • Oball – Helps to build arm and grasp strength while encouraging reaching in an easy to grab toy
  • Tunnel – Helps build strength in the arms and encourages cross body movement through crawling
  • Push Toy – Helps build core and leg strength, develops balance, and encourages standing and walking

1-3 Years

  • Ride on Toys – Helps develop balance, coordination, and strengthens core and leg muscles
  • Balls – Any size or sport will help develop hand eye coordination

3-5 Years

  • Rody – Helps develop balance, coordination, and strengthens core and leg muscles
  • Balance Bike – Helps develop balance, coordination, strengthens core and legs muscles, and is a great first step to learning how to ride a bike

For Builiding Fine Motor Skills

Under 1 Year

  • Empty/Fill Toys
  • Soft Blocks
  • Textured Balls
  • Activity Bars/Tables

1-3 Years

  • Nesting Cups/Stacking Rings
  • Blocks
  • Shape Sorter

3-5 Years

  • Puzzles
  • Coloring Books and Crayons or Washable Markers
  • Play-Doh

For Building Speech & Language Skills

Under 1 Year

  • Mirror
  • Books

1-3 Years

  • Bubbles
  • Baby Dolls

3-5 Years

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Pretend Kitchen and Food
  • Farm Animals