Halloween is barely over and I’m already thinking about Christmas! Christmas is my favorite time of year and I’m dreaming about the crafts and ornaments I’ll make, baking, decorating… and of course the shopping! I love shopping for Henry and I spend a lot of time trying to find toys that will spark his imagination and aid in his development and growth. I’m anti-electronics for the most part and I prefer classic toys. With winter coming and us already having one snowfall under our belt, I’m also thinking about indoor activities that will keep him engaged and active. I’m worried he will be bouncing off the walls!
So far, I’ve come up with a few ideas that will be great for vestibular and proprioceptive input, motor skills and just plain old physical activity. I’ll add to this list as the weeks pass. I hoping I can wait until Christmas to give these to Henry… I’m getting bored with his toys myself!
First there is the Bilibo, I remember seeing this when Henry was just a baby and couldn’t figure out what all the hype was about when really it’s just a piece of molded plastic. I look at things a lot differently now and I can see Henry really liking this one. To sit in, rock in, spin in …and probably to put on his head :)
Next comes the classic sit ‘n’ spin. You remember those from when you were little right? Well, after doing some research the new ones are getting horrible reviews. I found this brand instead, which fared better in durability and customer reviews. It’s called the Spin Around
These cones are simple enough, and would be great for obstacle courses and other games we can do indoor or out:
I love the idea of the Bop Bag…essentially an inflatable alligator punching bag. He can get out some energy and get proprioceptive input at the same time. Maybe now my sofa cushions won’t take such a beating
These may be ambitious for Henry right now but I love the concept of these monster feet…they are wider and lower to the ground than the cup walkers so they just might work. Also great for pretend play…Henry has his monster growl down pat!
The classic bean bag toss…this one is collapsible which is a huge bonus in small living spaces. These are great for motor skills, hand eye coordination, and depending on what types of bean bags you get, you have the option for all kinds of learning opportunites. I like the alphabet and the number bean bags
I also found an awesome cd to go with the bean bags… working on motor skills through activities, games and dance
Here is one Henry might not love at first… it will challenge his vestibular system and that feeling he hates of being off balance. We will take it in baby steps. It’s the Alex Monkey Balance Board:
This exercise disc could be a good way to work up to a balance board, and he loves stepping and sitting on the one his therapist has. Also great for building his core strength since that his where he has low tone.
Another collapsible toy, which I love, is the 3 in 1 Sports Arcade. I think we will have a lot of fun with this this winter.
A scooter would be just plain fun
More posts to follow with gifts geared towards fine motor skills, sensory and cognitive skills. As previously posted, I have no affiliation from any products I suggest on this blog.