Holiday Gift Guide, 2-3 years!
Wikki Stix have a sticky texture to them as they are made out of wax, but do not leave a mess! If your child demonstrates some tactile defensiveness (does not like to get messy) these are a good option! Kiddos that enjoy messy play will also love these because they do have a sensory component to them. This kit comes with a booklet on additional activities for kids which promotes tactile play, visual perceptual skills, and attention to tasks.
Surprise! Another Fat Brain Toy :) These cubes are perfect for problem solving, stacking, and nesting. As your little one grows, they can build with the cubes as they have small slits on the sides which facilitates pretend play and open ended play!
Please do not use this entire bag at once...you do not need a lot! You can use about 1/4 of a cup at a time for a sensory bin, add water as needed, and in a couple of hours the beads will expand and the texture will change! Make sure to stay close by during play, because if the water beads spill out, they will go everywhere as they bounce and roll. Water beads are a great addition to a sensory bin; they provide great tactile input & help to improve attention. If you have a couple different color bowls at home, have your little one sort the water beads based on color (start with two colors; red water beads in the red bowl, blue water beads in the blue bowl.) Show them how and then let them try!
Since the winter months are upon us, this indoor gym is a great option for play. The indoor gym is great for the vestibular system (balance & movement) and proprioception (understanding where our body is in space and how we move.) This offers great proprioceptive and vestibular input because kids are able to pull, hang, balance, swing, and climb. Eventually, they can use the swing independently and will learn how to coordinate their upper and lower body to gain momentum. I usually recommend placing cushions underneath the indoor gym to be safe!
The 2 in 1 musical jump 'n toss is awesome for so many reasons! This toy facilitates motor planning, sequencing, visual motor skills, grading force, and adds a multisensory component as it plays music (and it's super cute.) As the lady bug spins, have your little one practice motor planning (they will have to time their movement just right to jump over the poles.) The height and speed changes on the settings button, so you can adjust the difficulty as your little one becomes more confident! The poles can then be placed on top of the lady bug, (see first photo) and your child can practice tossing the rings onto the poles.