Happy Monday! Here’s a recap of the games and toys I’ve shared on social media lately:
The Melissa & Doug Mailbox set has many opportunities for language building. I love using mailboxes with beginning talkers in speech therapy. I hide objects inside the mailbox, and they have to label the name of each object when they find it. For children who have more words, you could hide objects in the mailbox and ask them to give two or three descriptor words or details about each object–or you cans use it for pretend play and social interaction, as well (someone could be the mail carrier, the other the receiver of the mail.) Children can also practice writing letters or drawing art to place inside the mailbox. What other ideas do you all have? Love to hear them!
Meet Bailey. Bailey is a big part of our family, honestly! William loves to feed Bailey coins for demonstrating positive behavior at home and in the community. Bailey’s great for young children because he gives an immediate reward, which is eating up the coin. Right now, William earns coins for listening to directions and picking up his toys. We have a bucket of coins for Bailey, and when it’s empty, William says he wants to earn some ice cream! Bailey is cute, entertaining and pretty useful. Bring him into your home!
Alpha-bots are one of my new therapy toy obsessions. They are similar to Transformers but are shaped like letters. And kids LOVE ‘em. These bots are great for practicing sound/letter identification, but there are many other ways to use this toy, as well!
Select an Alpha-bot letter and ask your kid to think of a word that ends/begins with that letter. Or, think of as many words as possible in a certain category (animals, clothes, places) that start with that letter.
What about using the Alpha-bots as a reinforcer toy during a homework task? Answer a few math problems, play with a few alpha-bots for a quick break! It’s worth it to check them out.
Are you looking for a fun group game? Hullabaloo is a fantastic one to try! It not only encourages language development and problem-solving, but it also incorporates movement into the game which helps kids get the wiggles out! It’s great for preschool and early grade school children. We have this game at our clinic and use it to encourage social skills (while teaching new concepts.) Double win!
Julia Cook books are another favorite of mine for teaching social skills and expected behaviors to children. Her books are more in-depth than other kids series and are great for grade school students. My absolute favorite book of hers is, “Making Friends is an Art.” I also included links to a few other favorites below as well.
- Making Friends is an Art
- My Mouth is a Volcano
- Personal Space Camp
- I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No
Do you have any of these games or toys? If so, let us know!
If you’ve missed any of other product roundup posts, they are conveniently linked below: