AOT, Inc.

Games and Toys

This fall, one of AOT’s occupational therapy interns researched toys that promote and reinforce the skills children learn in school. Based on that list,  we suggest the following items. They are readily available in local discount and toy stores.

When playing, keep in mind that lying in a prone position (on the stomach), propped on elbows (puzzles, coloring) gives good weight bearing exercise to the shoulders. It’s also great for improving sitting posture, and strengthening the neck and trunk.

SENSORY

  • ALEX Toys Early Learning Ready, Set, Touch and Feel Number Flash Cards ages 2-5
  • Finger Paints ages 3+
  • HoMedics Thera-P Handheld Personal Mini Massager
  • Hoppy ball
  • Kidoozie Hop and Squeak Pogo Jumper
  • Kinetic Sand ages 3+
  • Sensory balls
  • Thinking Putty ages 3+
  • Weighted exercise ball 2-3 lbs
  • Weighted jump rope

VISUAL MOTOR

  • ALEX Toys ALEX Jr. Tots Collage By Color ages 18 months+
  • Blink card game ages 6+
  • Guess who game ages 5+
  • Hidden picture books
  • Jenga Tetris game ages 5+
  • Kanoodle ages 7+
  • Lite brite magic screen
  • Matching games
  • Memory game
  • Play day bean bag toss
  • Pound and play porcupine ages 10 months+
  • Puzzles-
  • Qwirkle game ages 6+
  • Spot It ages 6+
  • Velcro toss game

FINE MOTOR

  • Fisher-Price Snap-Lock Beads, Vehicles ages 6 months+
  • Lacing beads
  • Lego blocks ages 4+
  • Let’s go fishin’ game ages 4+
  • Lincoln logs ages 3+
  • Operation game ages 4+
  • Peg farm ages 2+
  • Pop beads
  • Potato head ages 2+
  • Scatterpillar scramble ages 4+

Recommended Family Games

Here are some additional classic favorite games that encourage bilateral hand use and eye-hand coordination, body awareness, motor planning, abstract thinking:

  • Bed Bugs®.
  • Booby Trap®
  • Bop-it®
  • Bowling
  • Card Games
  • Charades
  • Crazy Bones®
  • Don’t Break the Ice®
  • Jacks
  • Jenga®
  • Marbles
  • Operation®
  • Pick up Sticks
  • Simon®
  • Spinning Tops
  • Thumb-wrestling
  • Tiddlywinks®