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The Best of 2022: Christmas Gift Edition



We are excited to share this carefully curated list of toys that we use the most to help our play times be just as helpful as they are fun. Not only will this list give you some great gift ideas, but over the next few weeks we will target these specific toys on our website so you can learn how to use them and how they most benefit your child. We hope you enjoy our Best of 2022: Christmas Edition!


We will start with the toys most recommended by our Speech-Language Pathologists. I have provided a link for each of these as well as an image for reference.


Pound-It Ball tower




Little People Helpers Home







What's In Ned's Head?





Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Kids Stacking Toy





Hoberman Rainbow Sphere





Battat – 3 Car Garage – Shape Sorting Toy Garage



Fisher-Price Little People Sit 'n Stand Skyway



Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter








Next, our occupational therapy elves have given so many great gift ideas that I couldn't link them all! They are grouped into categories, and I have offered images to help you in your search. Any simple google or Amazon search will lead you to these great gifts that are all sensory based.


*Messy Play:






FOAMING BUBBLE SOAP:

I MEAN...IT'S JUST FUN! :)




WATER BEADS:

DEVELOPS SENSORY SKILLS AND HAND EYE COORDINATION





SENSORY BINS:

HANDS ON TACTILE PLAY THAT ENGAGES THE SENSES





KINETIC SAND KITS:

IMPROVES FINE MOTOR SKILLS AND PROVIDES A SENSE OF CALM AND REGULATION IN SOME CHILDREN






*Movement:




ELEFUN GAME:

PROMOTES OCULAR MOTOR (EYE MOVEMENT) SKILLS






SIT AND SPIN:

PROMOTES LARGE MOTOR SKILLS AND CORE STRENGTH










RIVER ROCK WIGGLE STEPS:

HELPS DECREASE THE NEED TO FIDGET AS WELL AS IMPROVES BALANCE AND COORDINATION





KID PEANUT BALL:

DEVELOPS AND BUILDS GROSS MOTOR SKILLS






SCOOTER BOARD:

PROVIDES LOADS OF SENSORY INPUT AND BODY AWARENESS








SENSORY FLOOR MATS/TILES:

HELPS TO IMPROVE GROSS MOTOR SKILLS AND FOCUS










HANGING POD SWING:

PROVIDES VESTIBULAR INPUT WHILE GIVING THE BODY A SENSE OF CALM AND REGULATION








WOBBLE BOARD:

IMPROVES BALANCE AND IMPROVES MUSCLE STRENGTH







BODY/SENSORY ITEMS:



BODY SOCK:

A COMPRESSION HUG FOR THE BODY








WEIGHTED STUFFED ANIMALS:

PROVIDES PRESSURE AND COMFORT FOR ANXIETY






THERABRUSH:

HELPS TO TREAT SENSORY INTEGRATION ISSUES








WEIGHTED BLANKET:

OFFERS WEIGHT AND COMFORT FOR YOUR AUTONOMIC SYSTEM TO REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY








RAINMAKER:

HELPS TO IMPROVE FINE MOTOR SKILLS AS WELL AS BRINGS A SENSE OF RELAXATION TO THE BODY







SQUIGZ FIDGETS:

HELPS WITH VISUAL MOTOR COORDINATION AND PROVIDES PROPRIOCEPTIVE INPUT

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