Updated: Dec 3, 2019
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)
Tummy Time Pillow
Play Gym or Activity Mat
Melissa and Doug Art Supplies
Wooden Train Set and Trains
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set
Stacking Grocery Cans
Shape Sorter Pie with Tweezer/Tongs
Micro Mini Scooter
Bean Bag Toss
Play Tunnel and Tent
Soft Building Blocks
Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike
Shopping Cart and Play Food
Football, Basketball, Soccer Ball
Legos or Mega Blocks
Dress Up Clothing (Fireman, Princess)
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.
Movie passes (ok because the environment fosters learning, interaction, life experience)
Board games at a friends
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