Day 3 of our Holiday Shopping Guide is here, and this one is for the preschoolers. This age group is developing so many new skills, and they bring a lot of fun toys with them!
Therapists love play-doh! We use it all the time in our therapy sessions because it addresses so many different skills. Get this handy kit, or grab a few things from your kitchen and start playing! A rolling pin, some cookie cutters, and even toothpicks are a great place to start! You can also cut the play-doh to help develop pre cutting skills.
Best for ages: 2 - 6 years
Fine Motor Skills
Where to buy: here on Amazon or make your own here!
Green Toys Tool Set
Everybody loves to build! This 15 piece tool set includes everything your child needs for pretend play and comes in blue AND pink! Hand strengthening and manual dexterity skills will be developed as children use the screw driver, hammer, pliers, bolts and nuts.
This game is a fun twist to the classic ring toss game. In this version, kids are on the move, chasing the funny little monkey and trying to toss their rings onto his tail! So awesome for visual motor integration and coordination!
This is such a fun firefly-chasing game! Use your net to catch as many as you can to win! You can even play in the dark, as some of the fireflies glow in the dark! Tons of fun while developing a lot of great skills!
Lacing cards are great for helping kids develop their fine motor and bilateral coordination skills. This set is great because it allows kids to make a playful scene by threading pictures wherever they want them to go! The possibilities are endless and the benefits are amazing!
With 135 wooden blocks and plastic pieces, kids can build anything their imagination can dream up! At the same time, they are developing so many important developmental skills. Fine motor and manual dexterity to manage the screwdrivers, nuts and bolts, and visual perceptual skills by following the example, just to name a few. Everyone wins!
Play food is another example of a toy that children remain interested in as they age. There are many great brands on the market, but this one allows children to cut the food, creating greater language opportunities and fine motor practice. This is a great toy for developing play skills, and allows for numerous language opportunities including naming food items, color identification, part/whole concepts, sequencing, following directions and many more. The wooden toys are colorful, durable, and easy to clean.
Best for Ages: 3 years +
Where to buy: Find it here, on Melissa and Doug.com
12 Piece Puzzles
Puzzles are a great activity for kids of any age. Twelve pieces seems to be just the right number for it to be a challenge, but not too much of a challenge for this age group. You can find many different themes out there, but this set of vehicle puzzles is a great set and are usually a hit among boys and girls. Another great thing about this puzzle is that the backs of the pieces have shapes on them to help the sets stay together. This is great for sorting and organizing!
In this simple toy, you stack the brightly colored beads on five dowels to match the pattern cards! It includes more than 45 brightly colored wooden beads and 5 double-sided wooden pattern cards. The 10 patterns increase in difficulty to build matching, sequencing, and fine motor skills. Simple and easy, but with great results!
Best for Ages: 4 years +
Fine Motor Skills
Visual Motor Skills
Where to buy: Find it here, on Melissa and Doug’s website
Alex Monkey Balance Board
This adorable balance board is a great way for kids to work on weight-shifting, balance, and leg strength which all help to develop gross motor skills. Its also a great activity for vestibular input!
This is a great toy for the beginner carpenter in your family! Build the workbench with the various sizes of the wooden screws and bolts to increase hand strength and manual dexterity skills. There is a slotted organizer to keep all the tools handy and a storage tray on the bottom.
Be sure to check out our recommendations for toddlers here and babies here. Check back the rest of the week for toys for school age kids, and then some toys for family fun! Also, be sure to share our page and page with your friends for a chance to win a Visa Gift Card!