Two children opening presents on Christmas Day.

2018 Holiday Toy Guide

2018 Holiday Toy Guide

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching, and family members are asking about what to get your kids. As therapists, our goal is to help your children play and learn more effectively! Below are a few recommendations from physical, occupational, and speech therapists for excellent gifts for your children!

Toys to promote gross motor skills:

  • Trampoline
  • Scooter board
  • 3-wheel or 2-wheel scooter
  • Balance bike
  • Jump rope
Child's green 2 wheel balance bike

Toys to practice fine motor skills:

  • Coloring books
  • Wind up toys
  • Puzzles
  • Legos
  • Stickers
  • Potato Head
  • Connect-4
  • Dolls for playing dress up
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Triangular-shaped crayons, markers, pencils
  • Chalk

Connect 4 game

Toys for strengthening and coordination:

  • Animal ball popper toys
  • Zoom ball
  • Large pop beads
  • Bean bag toss
  • Bilibo Toys
Unicorn ball popper toy

Toys to practice visual-perceptual skills

  • Rush Hour
  • Design and Drill
  • Guess Who
  • Puzzles
  • Geoboard
  • I Spy

One Blue and One Yellow GeoBoard

Toys to practice hand-eye coordination

  • Velcro-glove and ball set
  • Building/stacking toys
  • Nesting cups
  • Beads and string
  • Maze books
  • Connect the dot books
  • Pegs in a pegboard

Multi Colored Nesting Cups

Toys that increase vestibular input:

  • Bungee tree-swing/spider web swing
  • Sit ‘N Spin
  • Hippity-Hop ball
Black and blue bungee tree swing

Toys that increase tactile input and awareness:

  • Play-doh
  • Kinetic Sand 
  • Tactile balls
  • Touch and feel books
  • Chalk
  • Finger paint
  • Crayola touch light pad

Six multi colored tactile balls

Clothing Items:

  • Billy Shoes (good for braces/orthotics)
  • Compression clothing (Target C9 Champion, Under Armour, any athletic compression clothing)
  • Target Cat & Jack (adaptive clothing brand)


Dark Grey Canvas Kid's Hightop Shoes, zipper, shoes, velcro, adaptive, accessible

Toys to help with feeding

  • Play kitchen
  • Toy food and utensils


Blue Full Play Kitchen

Toys to promote language:

  • Potato Head
  • Play food/play kitchen toys
  • Barn animals
  • Poke-A-Dot Books

Mr. Potato Head wearing a green hat and waving hello

Toys to promote speech sounds:

  • I Spy Books
  • Candy Land
  • Go Fish cards

Candy Land Board Game

Toys to target higher level language skills:

  • Guess Who
  • Headbandz
  • Ned’s Head
Ned's Head Game

Our therapists would love to give you additional suggestions specific for your child. Your children will be excited about these toys, and they will have no idea that they are practicing their therapy skills!

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