Gift ideas for speech and language development

It’s here! The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. Check out our great gift ideas for speech and language development. You may be surprised to see that many of them are toys and games you may have thought of anyway! At FUNdamentals and Building Blocks Therapy, we try to incorporate every day games and activities into our sessions so that you, the family, have an easier time carrying over at home. We hope our gift guide will help you choose toys and games that your child will not only love, but will facilitate their speech and language development! We’ve broken it down into ages, but know that you can be flexible with those guidelines.

Gift Guide for Ages 1-3 years

  • Where’s Bear? The Hide and Find Stacking Block Game– this is a fun activity for preschoolers that focuses on WH-questions and vocabulary expansion.
  • Toddler Scavenger Hunt Cards at Home- this interactive game is a great way to expand both receptive and expressive language all while using functional objects at home
  • ThinkFun Roll and Play Game for Toddlers-there are endless opportunities for gross motor, creativity, vocabulary expansion, listening, and following directions with this game
  • Seek-A-Boo– an engaging way to work on memory, vocabulary, matching, and more with a lot of opportunity for gross motor movements!
  • Acorn Soup– this is a fun way to work on turn taking, sequencing, and following directions
  • Tool kits, doctor sets, toy kitchens, puppets– pretend play favorites to help your child’s imagination grow!

Gift Guide for Ages 3-4 years

  • Elefun– get moving with this fun elephant and butterfly chase! You can work on sorting colors, counting, and following directions with this fun movement game!
  • Tumbling Tower Stacking Game – Colored Wooden Block with Animals- this is a great way to work on fine motor skills while learning about animals, colors, and numbers. It’s a great game to work on turn taking, describing, comparing/contrasting, and categorizing
  • Fox In The Box Position Word Activity Set- another game that targets a variety of developmental domains including fine motor, language, and cognition. Use this game to work on following directions, vocabulary, prepositions, rhyming, and more!
  • Snug As A Bug In A Rug- With an emphasis on working together, this is a great cooperative game that helps kids learn colors, numbers, shapes, matching, and language concepts.
  • Bunny Hop- a fast action game that focuses on color recognition and matching
  • UNO MOO- a fun twist to the classic game UNO! This game is a great way to work on sorting, matching, and colors
  • Banana Blast- a fun and unpredictable game that will help your child with attention, counting, and vocabulary
  • Raccoon Rumpus- This silly game is a great way to work on fine motor skills, memory, color matching, counting, categorizing, and vocabulary  
  • Tool kits, doctor sets, toy kitchens, puppets– pretend play favorites to help your child’s imagination grow!

Gift Guide for Ages 5-7 years

  • Lion in the Way: A Creative Problem Solving Game- a creative approach to problem solving and reasoning!
  • Pancake Pile-Up!– an exciting, hands on game that targets fine motor skills, following directions, and sequencing
  • Greedy Granny- an action packed game full of suspense!
  • Don’t Rock The Boat Board Game– this family fun game helps kids practice hand eye coordination and problem solving
  • Play-Doh Builder Gingerbread House- this festive holiday play doh activity helps children use their imagination

New twists on one of our favorite games! Do your kids leave Sneaky Snacky Squirrel? Here are some fun variations of it!

  • Sophie’s Seashell Scramble Game
  • Frida’s Fruit Fiesta Game
  • Shelby’s Snack Shack Game
  • Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt 

As you are preparing for a different holiday season this year, we hope you still remember to Shop Local and support small businesses. Many of the local toy stores have online shopping available or are open for in-person shopping with limited numbers. Take the time to visit them and look for something off our holiday gift guide!

Staff Picks…

Stay tuned for a weekly post highlighting a toy or game chosen by a different therapist. Find out why she loves it and what goals can be targeted!

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Child with holiday ribbon