Monday, December 5, 2011

a few of our favorite toys

Buying presents for a child with a disability can be an overwhelming experience. For a child like mine, with limited verbal skills, lower than average cognitive abilities, challenging behaviors, and sensory aversions, it can feel impossible. This is my train of thought when I'm standing in the toy aisle: OH IT'S SOOO CUUUTE! Will he know what to do with it? How easy is it to break? Is this one of those toys where I'll have to buy two? Cause sometimes he only plays with a toy if it comes in a set. All he wants is a truck, anyway. And then I walk away with nothing. I thought I would share some of our favorites, both current and from years past, that are all under $25. In the end, always buy for your child's developmental age and not their chronological age -- both of you will be happier.
Playskool Busy Gears. Be sure to also check out Busy Poppin' Pals and Poundin' Bedbugs

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Snap Beads.
My extended family may remember these beads from two years ago at Christmas. Some of the best toys are the simplest.
Crayola Color Bath Dropz

Crayola Glow Board

Crayola Bath Crayons
The bath crayons and board were so nice when Punkin was in his Tearing Paper stage. It encouraged him to work on prewriting skills without the stress of actual paper and pencil.
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Nesting Pots and Pans
Nesting cups make noise, but not too much noise, and help develop critical thinking skills.
Melissa and Doug Jumbo Cardboard Blocks

Melissa and Doug Wooden Cutting Food Set
Melissa and Doug make colorful, easy to grasp wooden puzzles and innovative shape sorters as well. These blocks were a favorite because they are very durable (had them for 4 years now) and won't hurt if they accidentally hit you from across the room. All of the pieces in the food set are held together with velcro, which I think provides the right amount of resistance. I've seen my son transfer the skill of being able to cut this food over to real food. It's a great way to encourage sharing and independence, too, when you sit down to a pretend meal. And in case the thought of wooden food brings visions of black eyes, they make a felt pizza party set as well.

I'd love to hear your favorites! 

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