My Favorite Toys for Imaginative Play

Imaginative play is one of the most important forms of play for children ages 3-7. While using their imaginations, children learn how to interact with the world and other people. They can problem solve, explore emotional issues, and develop cognitive skills. Here are some of my favorite toys for imaginative play.

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My Favorite Toys — Board Games for Problem Solving and Strategy

From an OT point of view, board and card games are the best. Games promote fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, planning, social skills, and problem-solving. However, as a mom, some games just aren’t fun for a wide range of ages. Here are my winners–games that work for kids (and adults) of all ages.

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My Favorite Toys — Fidget Toys for Focus and Hand Strength

As an OT, I love the new interest in fidget toys. Many of them promote hand strength, increase a child’s ability to focus for longer and can even help you deal with stress. However, not all fidget toys work for everyone and some work better than others. Here is a list of some of my favorites and why.

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My Favorite Toys — Rock Crayons for Developing Good Pencil Grip

As an occupational therapist, I cringe when I see a child being encouraged to learn to write before they have developed a proper pencil grip. Your child needs to work on developing a grasp that uses the tips of their fingers. Rock Crayons are a great way of helping your young child build the muscle strength needed for a proper pencil grip. And they are fun!

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Magic Monday — AAC and Bears

Kristine at AAC Modeling Family has been using our Orange level with her beautiful daughter and has been making videos to share.   She is sharing YouTube videos with our Orange level books and demonstrating how to use an AAC device with the story to help children who are learning to use their AAC device.  

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Magic Monday — Penguins

Winter is an amazing season to learn about! In our Level Orange: Full-Year curriculum, you get the chance to play lots of hands-on games with your child while learning about weather, the North Pole, the South Pole, Penguins and Polar Bears! 

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