Toy Recommendations (Preschoolers)

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Alicia Amsberry, PT, DPT

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2 minutes

Today on the blog we discuss toy recommendations for preschoolers. This is the last blog post in our toy recommendation series. For preschoolers the main focus is for toys that emphasize independence, build gross and fine motor skills, address problem solving, encourage language development and creative play. 


Toy Recommendations for Preschoolers 

Turn-Taking Games. Board games are great for children learning to share and take turns. They allow for children to learn patience while they wait for their turn.  These games create opportunities for child to build communication skills by interacting with other people. 

Fine Motor. Puzzles, magna-tiles and Legos are interactive and engaging. They allow the child to problem solve through the interaction of putting them together. Children also use fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and visual perceptive skills when working with these toys. 

Bicycle/Mini Scooter. A riding toy, such as a bicycle or scooter, encourages balance, coordination, and strength. It also starts to promote independence for the child. A riding toy is really great for facilitating bilateral coordination through the use of the pedals and stirring. It is also a great toy a child can grow in to and use at different developmental stages. 

Train Sets and Dollhouses. Train sets or dollhouse are great for creative play and building their imagination. These toys also encourage independence and fine motor skills.  Both of these sets create opportunities for child to build their intellectual and social development. By role-playing and exploring there is room for the child to grow socially and emotionally as well. 

Music Sets. Musical instrument sets encourage developmental growth in all areas including social and emotional, language, literacy, and motor development. They allow children to learn sounds, meanings of words, and build self-expression. Another important way music sets are great for child development is they build dynamic social learning experiences. 

Standing Easel. A standing easel allows a child to practice drawing, tracing, and scribbling. It promotes fine motor development and visual motor skills. The standing easel provides a vertical surface encouraging reaching, crossing midline, and building strength in the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers


We hope you have enjoyed our Toy Recommendation blog series. As always, these are all suggestions and recommendations. We use most of these toy recommendations in the clinic to facilitate child development. 


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