Therapist Thursday…..Part 3: Picking the Perfect Toy

by: Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L and MIchlle Yoder, OTR/L

Today is the last installment of our occupational therapist’s suggestions for the perfect toy.  This is just in time for those last minute shoppers!


  • HugglePod Swing and Hangout- provides vestibular stimulation while offering a cozy spot to slow down and relax
  • Kinetic Sand- while it’s an excellent tactile activity, it will also enhance fine motor skills, language and social skills and imagination
  • Brain Food Putty or Aaron’s Putty- resistive, tactile media that will wake up the senses, while strengthening the hands and fine motor skills
  • Play-Doh Fun Factory – This is great for hand strengthening too! I love the mini one to work on pinch strength.christmast201314 christmast201315

Travel Toys (Anything magnetic makes traveling a cinch!):

  • Fundanoodle’s I Can Build Upper and Lower Case letterschristmast201316
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Flip to Win Hangman

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