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Developmental Toys That Rock...Best Options for Infants, Toddlers, & In-between!

Does holiday shopping stress you out? Phew....I know it does me. Kids In Motion would like to offer ideas on our favorite developmental toys for children. These toys all have something in common. THEY DON'T DO ANYTHING on their own! It is a crazy concept but in order for these toys to be effective the child has to use their imagination. The child operates the toy, makes it move, makes the noises through movement, builds, thinks, and fosters brain power. The DON'T Light up, talk for you, require finger swiping, or allow the child to zone out staring at them. These toys promote learning, advance gross and fine motor development, and foster creativity.

Technology and TV usage in children is a HOT TOPIC among parents, therapists, and medical professionals. New information is on the rise about the detrimental impact that technology is having on our children, especially those who are exposed frequently and for long periods of time. With technology literally at our fingertips, it makes sedentary play easy for children to reach for as their first choice, even in very young children. We hope you find these good alternatives and that we have helped you take the STRESS out of shopping this holiday season.

These are a few of my favorite things.........(click for picture links in Amazon)


  • O-ball

  • Tummy Time Pillow

  • Activity Mirror

  • Tactile Rings

  • Ring Stackers

  • Shaper Sorters

  • Play Gym or Activity Mat

  • Stacking Cups


  • Melissa and Doug Art Supplies

  • Wooden Train Set and Trains

  • Doll House/Firehouse

  • Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set

  • Stacking Grocery Cans

  • Shape Sorter Pie with Tweezer/Tongs

  • Memory

  • Connect 4

  • Micro Mini Scooter

  • Bowling Set

  • Bean Bag Toss

  • Floor Puzzles


  • Indoor Trampoline

  • Play Tunnel and Tent

  • Soft Building Blocks

  • Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike

  • Play Kitchen

  • Shopping Cart and Play Food

  • Football, Basketball, Soccer Ball

  • Peg Puzzles

  • Legos or Mega Blocks

  • Art Easel

  • Dress Up Clothing (Fireman, Princess)

  • Lacing Boards

  • Button Art

  • Play Doh

There is also a new rave for gift giving which includes offering experiences instead of things! Kids In Motion agrees that experiences are wonderful opportunities to teach your children and foster development.

  • Zoo passes

  • Movie passes (ok because the environment fosters learning, interaction, life experience)

  • Heritage Center

  • Board games at a friends

  • Bowling passes

  • Parks

  • Buy a ticket to a musical

We hope your holiday season is Merry & Bright!

Next topic to look out for: Technology and Your Child

Dr. Kimberly Bloms, PT

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