Best Preschool Toys For The Holidays has arrived to make your life a little easier this year. We have updated our top 10 fun but yet educational toys of the season.
Too often children are attached to a screen, whether it be a TV, tablet, iPad, or smart phone. This year I am encouraging parents and professionals to put down the technology and buy educational toys that children will enjoy and as a bonus, get our children creating, interacting socially with others, and develop a whole range of language and motor skills.
Happy Holidays & Have Fun Shopping!
p.s. Enjoy the world of online shopping. Isn't it awesome to wrap up all your shopping in your jammies while leisurely sipping coffee?!
Toy kitchens are adorable and just plain fun, but that is not why it is one of the best preschool toy out there. I love it for the vocabulary learning opportunities! You can play and practice functional vocabulary such as nouns (i.e., foods), verbs (i.e., eating, chopping, cooking), and adjectives/concepts (i.e., hot, small, big). You can also practice play skills, social routines, and more!
Works On: Vocabulary, Social Skills, Turn-Taking
This is a cute game that works on a variety of skills. Being a speech language pathologist, I use this game to work on articulation (i.e., /f/ - feed, /t/ - eat, /m/ - yummy) and expanding sentence length (i.e., Woozie eat worms). It is also good for motor learning and turn-taking skill.
Works On: Speech, Language, Turn-Taking, Motor Skills
A classic board game that is appropriate for younger preschoolers. This game can be played as young as 3 years old to work on colors and matching. Once your child starts to learn how to count, this is a perfect game to practice this skill. Plus, most of us played this game as a child. It's fun to walk down memory lane!
Works On: Colors, Matching, Counting, Turn-Taking
If your child enjoys building, this is an AWESOME gift! The shapes of the blocks encourage creativity. A child can build castles, cities, pipes, really anything!! Once a masterpiece is built, have fun creating stories of who lives there!
Works On: Building, Creativity, Pretend Play, Narrative Structure
Another classic board game! I use this game frequently during articulation practice with my preschool students. They are motivated by the ladder and slides. I also have the opportunity to teach how to win and lose graciously and turn-taking skills. The cause and effect illustrations located at the top and bottom of the slides and ladders create wonderful language learning opportunities too.
Works On: Turn-Taking, Counting, Stories Telling, "WH" questions
Oh puzzles....what aren't you good for? That is the question! At my age, I still LOVE puzzles for their challenge and exercise of the brain. This puzzle also introduces geography as well as interesting facts about each state.
Works On: Problem-Solving, Geography, Colors, Vocabulary
These tiles provide a nice spin on building and creating. The flexibility of the magnets, the size, the colors, and the shapes all make this toy well worth the money. Preschool children up to elementary age children will LOVE these tiles. Let's be honest...adults love them too! This will be a huge holiday treat!
Works On: Building, Problem Solving, Colors, Motor Skills
Pretend play at its best! Doctor kits are a classic for a reason which makes them one of the best preschool toys out there! All children love to be the adult and fix things for a change. These toys also foster cooperative and pretend play skills between children and adults as well as great oral language practice for story telling.
Works On: Play Skills, Vocabulary, Narrative Structure, "WH" Questions
Once again, Melissa & Doug made another FANTASTIC toy! There are many great benefits for this toy. One is sequence learning (i.e., "write letter, then put on stamp, next walk to post office, last mail the letter).
Works On: Expressive Language, Sequencing, Motor Skills
Lets encourage a love for the outdoors and science at a young age. This kit will get our preschool students outside and exploring. Once objects are found, have fun describing them and caring for them. This may be one of the best preschool toys, but I think it it is one of the best family toys!
Works On: Problem Solving, Science Concepts, Vocabulary
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If you are worried if your child has adequate speaking and listening skills for a preschooler, you are not alone! Language skills are the basis for all academic and social learning!
Read more here about functional games which are designed based on developmental milestones and personally tested by me, a speech pathologist!