Child Therapy: Toy List 2017

Scurrying to finish all your Christmas shopping in time? Fear not, Lumiere Children’s 2017 Christmas List is here! Purchase gifts that will help your child develop the necessary language, fine motor, and gross motor skills.

Shannon McGee
Shannon McGee

The Nice List of Toys

            The toys that made the nice list this year are geared towards language, fine motor, and gross motor development. These toys are divided into age-appropriate groups as well as the specific developmental milestones addressed.  The affiliated links are provided for easy access!

Younger children (7 & below):

Language Development: Toys that focus on identifying objects, corresponding sounds of objects or animals, imaginary play, theory of mind and cooperative play.

• Toy cars

• Pretend play: toy kitchen, doctor kit, and cash register:

• Toy animals:

• Little People Farm

• Little People Zoo

 

• Fine motor development: Focuses on manipulating small objects, hand-eye coordination, and handwriting development.

• Shape Sorting Cube

• Magnetic Doodle Drawing Board

• Tool kit

Gross motor development: Focuses on Heavy lifting, balance, and proprioceptive skills.

• Toy Vacuum

• Floor scooter

• Little Tikes Toy car

Older children  (7 & up):

Language development: Addresses deductive reasoning, cognitive aspects of language, and expressive and receptive language.

• Headbandz

• Guess Who

• Clue or Battleship

Fine motor: Targets hand grip, hand-eye coordination, and fine movements.

• Table tennis

• Legos

• Sew kit

Gross motor development: Focuses on balance, proprioceptive skills, right/left identification, and crossing midline.

• Balance beam

• Standing scooter

• Twister

The Naughty List of Toys

            Toys that fall under the ‘naughty’ category this year include electronics and restrictive movement toys. Although electronics may seem like an appropriate and engaging gift for most children, it often inhibits fine motor development and appropriate social interactions. Restrictive movement toys inhibit the development of gross motor skills such as rolling, sitting, and walking. Common restrictive toys include Bumbo seat, power wheel ride-ons, and exersaucer.

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Happy shopping! Happy Holidays from the Lumiere Children’s Team!

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References:

“The 'WRONG' Toys for Holding Your Child Back and the 'RIGHT' Toys for Building Your Child's Brain.” Integrated Learning Strategies, 1 Dec. 2016, ilslearningcorner.com/2016-12-learning-toys-the-wrong-toys-for-holding-your-child-back-and-the-right-toys-for-building-your-childs-brain/.