Therapist Recommended Toddler Toys

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TherapyWorks Therapist Recommended Toddler Toys

Have you started your holiday shopping? Hopefully we can help! We asked a few of our therapists to recommend their favorite toys for toddlers. See our recommendations below. 

Erin Vollmer MS, CCC-SLP

I love most of the games by the Peaceable Kingdom but my favorite for toddler language development is Where’s Bear? Hide the bear and stack the boxes to target vocabulary development, spatial orientation, classifying, and sequencing skills. Great for ages 2-5.

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B Toys Critter Clinic house can be used in multiple ways to target a variety of developmental skills. Color match the keys and find the surprise behind each door while enhancing your child’s vocabulary, expressive language, pretend play and fine motor skills! Great for ages 2-6. 

 

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I love Learning Resources Hoot the Fine Motor Owl. Though this is very much an OT related toy, you can switch it up by working on single leg balance by setting the toy in the slot and encouraging your child to tap the coin in with their toes instead! I do a similar game with the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Count & Learn Piggy Bank. Both great for ages relatively stable walkers, typically 14-18 months and up.

 

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Baby Einstein Glow & Discover Light Bar Toy is great motivation for tummy time! It also has a little “kick stand” to encourage your baby to look up higher on their tummy and encourage prop sitting and midline play in sitting as they get older! I have even used it as a distraction when working on standing balance as a surface for arm support without the ability to rest their trunk on a surface. Great for any child who is interested in lights and music. Roughly ages 2mo and up.

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Antsy Pants Tumbling Mat is fun for big gross motor skills. For new walkers work on stepping on and off the flat mat. Fold it up slightly to work on some stair and curb training. Keep it completely folded and prop/lean it on top of something sturdy leading up to your couch to create a small incline for your child to walk up and down. 

 

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My favorite toy is Mr. Potato Head with Play-Doh. I find the Mr. Potato head can be frustrating but sticking the body parts in a balls of Play-Doh eases the frustration and allows us to focus on language development! Endless play ideas and the kids can do it independently too! Great for ages 2-6.

 

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The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Piggy Bank is one of my favorite Early Intervention toys because it can be used to target a variety of basic concepts, both in English and Spanish. The different-colored coins have farm animals on one side and numbers on the other. Ages 1-3.

 

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The Learning Resources Learn-A-Lot Avocados are adorable and provide great opportunities to target social-emotional development through facial expressions, fine motor skills, color matching, and identification. Great for ages 18 months-3years.

 

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Mindware Seek-a-Boo is a great interactive game that provides opportunities for vocabulary development, turn-taking, and sorting skills. Great for ages 18months+

 

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The TherapyWorks team also recommends the non-profit company See Me…Thrive! Adapted Toys. Check out their website for a wonderful selection of adapted toys!

If you have specific questions about your child’s development, please don’t hesitate to reach out! The TherapyWorks team is happy to answer your questions and provide recommendations for your child. 

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!