When I moved from NYC to London, half my boxes must have been full of toys and books! Whenever I see a new toy shop I must see what’s inside. Usually, I love the old classic toys mostly in thrift shops or on eBay now.
Occupational therapists love toys, activity analysis, figuring out what skills toys are working on, or how to adapt them to suit a child’s individual sesorimotor needs while offering just the right challenge. We also love finding interesting ways to use these games such as via an obstacle course, combined with therapy ball exercises, or from various gross motor positions. Talk to your OT to learn how best to adapt games to address your child’s goals.
I often use games from my childhood. 🙂 How many of you remember playing thumb war, French skipping, throwing balls against the wall, playing Jax, or making cootie catchers and cats cradle.
For birthdays and holidays, parents will often ask me for gift ideas that will address their child’s areas of need and that they will find fun. I love doing this. It’s like making a secret special super wish list for the child.
I have now created an Amazon store open to everybody. Toys and equipment are broken down by age group into the following categories with my anecdotes:
Visual Motor and Perceptual
I receive a little something should you buy from my store. All proceeds will be used for charity or therapy toys for those in need.
Have a look. I’d love to hear if you have any favourites.