2020 Holiday Gift Guide

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are coming quickly. Looking for ideas on what to get your child? Below are a few recommendations from physical, occupational, and speech therapists for excellent gifts that also target therapy skills! Talk with your therapist about additional ideas specific for your child!

 

Toys to promote gross motor skills

  • Trampoline
  • Scooter board
  • 3-wheel or 2-wheel scooter
  • Balance bike
  • Jump rope
  • Peanut ball/therapy ball
  • Kids’ balance board (Teeter Popper, Monkey Board)
  • Climb and crawl activity play set
  • Stepping stones
  • Balance beam
Bike, Stepping Stones

Toys to promote fine motor skills

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

Toys for strengthening and coordination

  • Animal ball popper toys
  • Zoom ball
  • Large pop beads
  • Bean bag toss
  • Bilibo Toys
  • Hopscotch rug
  • Yoga pretzel card
Yoga Cards

Toys to practice visual-perceptual skills

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

Toys to practice hand-eye coordination

  • Velcro-glove and ball set
  • Dilly Dally Target Game
  • Kids dart board throwing game
  • Cornhole game
  • Building/stacking toys
  • Magnetic building blocks
  • Nesting cups
  • Beads and string
  • Maze books
  • Connect the dot books
  • Pegs in a peg board
Nesting Cups

Toys that increase sensory input and awareness

  • Play-doh
  • Kinetic sand
  • Tactile balls
  • Touch and feel books
  • Chalk
  • Finger paint
  • Crayola touch light pad
  • Pocket gel fidget
  • Weighted stuffed animal
  • Sensory pea pod
  • Water beads
  • Ball pit
  • Sensory stepping stones
  • Foam play mats with letters and numbers
  • Lycra tunnel/resistance tunnel
  • Sensory sock
  • Chewelry
Kinetic Sand

Toys that increase vestibular input

  • Bungee tree-swing/spider web swing
  • Sit ‘N Spin
  • Hippity-Hop ball
  • Teeter Popper
Hippity-Hop Ball

Toys to help with feeding

  • Play kitchen
  • Toy food and utensils 
  • Chewy toys “P and Qs”
  • Construction plate and utensils
Construction Plate

Toys to promote language

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Play food/play kitchen toys
  • Barn animals
  • I Spy Books
  • Candy Land
  • Go Fish Cards
Candy Land

Toys to target higher level language skills

  • Guess Who
  • Hedbandz
  • Ned’s Head
Hedbanz

Books recommend by our speech therapists

  • Little Blue Truck
  • I Spy Books
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? 
  • The Mitten
  • Dinosaurs Roar
  • Poke-A-Dot Books
Little Blue Truck

Clothing items

  • Compression clothing (Target C9 Champion, Under Armour, any athletic compression clothing)
  • Billy Shoes (good for braces/orthotics)
  • Target Cat & Jack (adaptive clothing brand)
  • Masks with fun patterns and soft material
  • Hat or headband with buttons for masks
Billy Shoes
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