It’s the holiday season yet again. In this time of family, friends, foods, and traditions, many little minds are thinking about new toys. This is the perfect opportunity for parents and family members to stock up on games and toys to facilitate their children’s development. While some older children might have wish-lists to be fulfilled, there are plenty of toys outside of the latest trend that will help promote growth in children of all ages. As any therapist knows, a toy can be a powerful tool to promote developmental gains, particularly in children who are a little behind their peers. Below are some toys that help kids strengthen their big muscle groups and attain gross motor skills, without making play seem like work.
A learning table is a great investment if you have an infant. It will grow alongside your baby and help her attain valuable gross motor skills such as body control in tummy time, cross-body reaching, independent sitting, cruising, standing, and weight-shifting, all while promoting her upper body and cognitive growth. Early learners can keep busy with the lights, sounds, and activities; the height of the tables adjusts so that babies from 6 to 36 months can play in various positions. Babies will be challenged throughout each step of their development and learn about cause and effect. Read more