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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:14

Toys!

 By Lori Erskine Marsh MS, OTRL

This is the time of year for Toys! Toys! Toys!  Following is a list of games that the clients at our facility have at the top of their list when they come to play with us.  Please be aware that there are many toys, sources for toys, and uses for toys.  We are not endorsing specific companies or products, but are trying to "widen the horizon" in regard to the toy market today. As therapists, we have specific places and brands of toys that we focus on if purchasing them ourselves. 

The starting point for most of us is with board games. Many children are focused on electronics and some of these games are available in that version, however we recommend the "old fashioned" version. Advantages to the board version include: fine motor work for manipulating pieces, problem solving with objects, and motor planning with an object.  A few suggestions are as follows:

-        Pop the Pig (ages 4 and up)

-        HedBandz (ages 6 and up)

-        Angry Birds-many versions (electronic)

-        Loopz Game (electronic)

-        Apples to Apples (ages 8 and up)

-        Pictureka (ages 6 and up)

-        Lego Creationary (ages 7 and up)

-        Red Rover Game (ages 5 and up)

-        Guess Who (ages 6 and up)

-        Rush Hour (ages 8 and up)

-        Card games of many kinds

The next area that is utilized by many of the therapists are building sets. Those most often used are Legos, both Duplo and standard, and Mega Block sets.  Lincoln Logs are another fun, learning set.

Another important area of focus is pretend play.  These toys include Fisher Price Little People sets, Playskool sets, Imaginex sets, kitchen sets, dolls, and action figures. 

Movement toys utilized at Children's Therapy Corner include stomp rockets, flying spinner toys, balls, balloons, swings, cars, and trains.

Major manufacturers and distributers of toys we like include: Discovery Toys, including the Castle Marble Works, Tub Stick ups, Marble Works, and Motor Works.

For puzzles and play sets the "Melissa and Doug" brand provide a large number of levels and options and are typically made out of sturdy material.

A catalog that we've used for a variety of building toys, pretend play, and outdoor movement activities is the Lillian Vernon catalog, paper or online.

Please remember that if you need specific ideas for your child, don't hesitate to speak with your therapists.  They know your child the best and can help with activities that would benefit him or her.

Have a great Holiday Season!

 

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