Some Gift Ideas for the Holidays!


Since the holidays are fast approaching, I thought I would put together a short list of some great toys that I have tried (both at home and clinically) to help kids develop fine motor, visual motor, gross motor, and sensory integrative skills.

Many toys/games’ skills overlap, and this is a REALLY brief list. The main idea here is to get kids to engage in spontaneous, ever-changing, fun, active and imaginative play. ūüôā

Fine Motor/Strength/Bilateral Integration:

1. Clics

2. Legos

3. Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks

4. Aron’s Thinking Putty

5. Zoob

6. Alex Peg and Layer Jungle

7. K’Nex

8. Tinkertoy

9. Lakeshore Feed the Bunny/Puppy

10. Fidgets: Bug Out Bob, “Squoosh Pets” (Fun and Function)

11. Pop-Arty!

12. Play Scene

13. Melissa and Doug Pizza/Birthday Cake/Cookies

14. Mr. Potato Head

15. Rainbow Loom activity sets (I have found them pretty cheap at discount stores now

16. Weaving Loom

17.Duct  tape  projects

18. Squigz

19. Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet

20. Wikki Stix Activity Set

21. Wok N’Roll

22. Fruit Stand Avalanche

23.  Lincoln logs

24. Pop beads (they come in different sizes, which affects the level of difficulty).

Visual Motor/Perceptual:

1. Trac It

2. Find It Games

3. ¬†Where’s Waldo?

4. I Spy…

5. The Multi-Matrix Game

6. Melissa and Doug Sort and Stack

7. Alex Button Art

8. Perplexus

9. Spot It!

10. Interlox

11. Jenga

12. Battleship

13. Labrynth

14. Kerplunk!

15. Quirkle

16. Blokus

17.  Colorama

18. Sets

19.  Lacing  Beads

20. Melissa  and  Doug  Puzzle in a Box

21. Think Fun Hoppers

22. Get a Grip on Patterns

23. Felt Pizza activity set (they have great ones on  This also works for motor planning.

24. Marble magnetic mazes

25. Highlight magazine activities

Motor Planning:

1. Super-Stretch ABC

2. Tricky Fingers

3. Wobble Deck

4. The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!

5. Lab Mice

6. ThinkFun Games (i.e.-Rush Hour Jr, Rush Hour, Candy Fix, Cover Your Tracks!, etc.)

7. The Zipper

8. Bop It!

9. Simon

10. Children’s cookbooks (recipes that have multiple steps, and your child has to carry them out).

Sensory Integration/Gross Motor/Fine Motor:

1. Body Sox (I like the Space Explorer from Fun and Function)

2. Resistance Play Tunnels

3. Bazoongi Bouncer Trampoline

4. Alex Monkey Balance Board

6. Tangle Fidgets

7. Alex Kid Concoctions-Magic Muck, Mix n’Slime, Slippery Spheres, Silly Squares

8. Moon Sand

9. Model Magic

10. Bubber

11. Space Sand

12. Super Snow

13. Hopper Balls

14. Bilibo

15. Brookstone Sand/sandbox/toolbox

16. Lava lamps

17. Fish/aquarium lights

18. Beanbag chair

19. Weighted blanket in child’s color/pattern choice

20. Lycra compression bedding in child’s color/pattern choice

21. Compression/weighted clothing in child’s favorite colors/patterns (see my book for more info).

22. Weighted/ scented stuffed animals.






Happy holidays!! Sending you all my warmest wishes for a happy and healthy new year!!

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