The winter holidays are quickly approaching, which means it is time to start thinking about gift ideas for all the lovely kiddos in your life! Unless, of course, you are WAY ahead of the game and have all your shopping done already. If you’re anything like me and constantly pondering what the BEST gifts are to give to your children, nieces/nephews, or grandchildren, keep reading to see some of our favorite toys here at Galvin Therapy Center!
Melissa & Doug Wooden Ice Cream Counter
Why we love it: This ice cream set creates a wonderful pretend play scenario that allows children to interact and converse with others when making a delicious dessert. They can practice their executive functioning skills, motor planning with spatial concepts, and focus on asking and answering questions to build the perfect ice cream cone!
Where to buy it: Amazon.com: Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter (28 pcs) – Play Food and Accessories : Toys & Games
Why we love them: Squigz are an excellent toy for focusing on constructive play while practicing fine motor skills, as well as improving bilateral coordination! Some of our favorite language targets to model when playing with squigz include on, off, up, down, push, and pull.
Where to buy them: Amazon.com: Fat Brain Toys Mini Squigz : Toys & Games
Why we love them: Although they appear to be a simple toy, we love the countless opportunities for imitative play when using pop tubes. Whether you are making silly hats or belts, or using your pop tubes to drive a pretend bus, the possibilities to work on imitation of motor movements are endless!
Where to buy them:
Amazon.com: BunMo Pop Tubes Sensory Toys, Fine Motor Skills Toddler Toys, Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids and Learning Toys. Ideal Stocking Stuffers & Stocking Stuffers for Teens. : Toys & Games