Coming up to the holiday season, many parents have questions about the best toys for their toddlers.  Our day to day routines have evolved to promote children spending time in “containers.” This can be sitting in a car seat, jumpers, activity chairs, long periods in high chairs, etc. While convenient and necessary, it is also important to encourage your child to have plenty of breaks from these devices and get them moving around and playing with toys that stimulate different body systems. This holiday season, consider some of the following ideas to help promote your toddler’s development:

  • Wooden blocks/mega blocks
  • Connecting toys such as pop beads
  • Stacking peg board
  • Stacking rings
  • Activity tables to promote standing and cruising
  • Bubbles
  • Make your own sensory bins; fill different containers with beans, rice, cereal, water beads, etc and hide holiday objects to find inside
    • You can make your own Candy Cane cloud dough for a themed option. Recipe here: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/12/candy-cane-clouds-sensory-activity.html
  • Playground ball, soccer ball, basketball, etc.
  • Art station
    • You can set up a station to play with puff paint or shaving cream and “draw” with fingers; this idea works great on a mirror or flat, easy to clean table surface
    • Non-toxic art supplies
    • Palm grip crayons
    • Large chalk
    • you can make your own chalkboard table by painting an existing small table with chalkboard paint
    • Easel
  • Sand box with pail and shovel
  • Dress up box
  • Board books
  • Simple jigsaw puzzles
  • Musical instruments – you can look for toy versions that pair light and sound when playing the instrument

Remember not all games/toys have to be costly or expensive! Time and time again, parents say their children love playing with household items. Get creative by putting a holiday spin on toys and games your children love. Feel free to share your ideas with other parents on our facebook page….

If you have questions about your child’s development, please call us at 513-755-6600 or visit our website at https://www.abcpediatrictherapy.com