toys Archive

Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls (yes, even boys!) – a collaborative post with Mama OT and Playing with Words 365

I’m very excited to share that I have a collaborative post up today over at Mama OT!  Christie (Mama OT) who is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, Katie (Playing with Words 365) who is a speech therapist, and

So Many Ways to Play with Play Dough

This is a real (not staged) photo I took of my daughter, Honor, over a year ago.  She actually did fall asleep in play dough while playing … don’t worry I was right there observing, making sure

Developmentally Appropriate Toys for children 2 – 5 years

This is SUCH a fun age to buy for.  Kids are finally mastering fine and gross motor skills … as well as the ability for imaginary play.  Here are some ideas for developmentally appropriate toys for children

Developmentally Appropriate Toys for children 1 to 2 years

One year olds are busy exploring their world, gaining fine and gross motor skills, and learning that they can control their environment (cause and effect. So, how about toys for that 1 to 2 year old?  Here

Developmentally Appropriate Toys for children 0-12 months

What are some MUST-HAVES for a baby-to-be or for that little zero to twelve-month old in your life?  Definitely think of safe toys that will stimulate the babies senses … because that is how he/she learns about

The GAMES we PLAY … and WHY (part 3)

Here’s some MORE of our favorite games (and their benefits of playing them).  As opposed to parts 1 and 2, these games are a bit more educational and therefore I’m less likely to use them in a

Duck Toss

Have any of those fun rubber ducks laying around?  We have several sets … including Halloween and Thanksgiving ones.  And other than them being a cute table decoration and/or give away at a party, we invented a

The GAMES we play … and WHY (part 2)

Previously I posted a list of great “starter” games for kids  … Classic “Board” Games to Play with Three-Year-Olds … and WHY.  Here’s some more for when the other games are mastered!  I would recommend them for

Play Therapy Resources: Toys, Materials, & Organizations

Constructive Playthings 800-448-4115 www.constplay.com Discovery Toys 800-341-8697 www.discoverytoysinc.com The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop 800-551-7523 www.reallygreattoys.com Oriental Trading Company 800-228-2269 www.orientaltrading.com Rhode Island Novelty 800-528-5599 www.rinovelty.com Self Esteem Shop 800-251-8336 www.selfesteemshop.com Toys of the Trade 866-461-2929 www.toysofthetrade.com

TOYS: tools of the trade

Here’s a list I complied from many play therapy resources of what toys to include in a play therapy room.  It’s also a great list for home play rooms too!  

DIY Light Box

I LOVED this simple idea from  light box | happy hooligans, so I had to try it out. My dear hubby found the light (and got 2) on one of his many trips to Home Depot.  And I

DIY Sponge Splash Balls

Last year I made Sponge Splash balls with my kids after I saw the idea in Family Fun magazine.  They were a big hit at the beach all summer long … so much so they met their