Babies, Toddlers and Two Year Olds
to encourage Visual Attention, reaching and
with black and
Cardboard or plastic,easy to turn books
with faces or simple objects
Water play mat
to Encourage Reaching, Grasping, Pointing and Hand Movement
Books, tapes and videos
finger play songs
boards or toys with exciting objects to pull,
and other clutch toys
other toys to bang
and other weighted toys which start to topple
but then right themselves. These are great while
the baby plays on the
learn Learning Tool Bench- child hammers or pushes
down a shape "nail".
push button telephones and other toys with buttons
Pop and Spin
Top- push down to make balls spin inside
Jack in the Box and other toys which involve
pushing a button) to produce an action (such as Jack in
the Box popping up)
Rattles and mouthing
toys to encourage grasping and
exploring with the mouth.
rattles so sound is made when arms or feet move.
to encourage coordination using both hands together
and dump water and sand toys (pails, cups, spoons)
(these large plastic beads snap together)
Wooden stringing Blocks
Toys to Encourage Eye-Hand Coordination
large ones with stiff string
with circle, square, triangle shapes
Peg Boards- large ones
Encourage Eye-hand Coordination and Perceptual Skills
Carpentry toy tools
Coloring inside a large stencil
Bowling pin toy set
"Dressy dolls" with fasteners
Golf toy set
Loop squeeze scissors (easy to use, just squeeze)
Lotto (matching picture toys and games)
Magnetic letters, numbers and shapes and letters
Mr. and Mrs Potato Head
Peg boards with smaller pegs
Play dough with toy knives, rolling pin,
Preschool crayons, fat chalk and paint
Scribbling and copying lines and circles- try
finger in whip or shaving
Velcro food to "cut".
Water and paint books
Wind up toys with large knobs
Five Year Olds
to Encourage Eye-hand Coordination and Perceptual Skills
with large simple
mazes, dots to
circle what is
different pictures, finding hidden pictures,
the named shapes,
drawing lines to matching pairs.
smalloer with flimsier string, jewelry stringing kits
Books, tapes and videos with movement songs and
Clay/ Model Magic
Copying design patterns with mosaics, blocks,
kits including: glue, pipe
cleaners, large paper
cotton balls, scissors, paper.
Crayola Color Wonder- motivates to color using
Creepy Crawlers- pour goop into mold, bake to
Cut and glue books
in dark drawing boards
More complex and smaller, Tinker
Knex and other construction toys
Paper crafts- simple folding patterns
Paper weaving or place mat weaving kits
boards with thinner
pegs, stacking pegs,
are laced, size graduated, barrel pegs
Picture Perfect (find matching tiles to place on
Pipe cleaner crafts
Preschool scissors and a snazzy variety of
easier to cut
Pretend kitchen supplies, carpentry tools and
with 3 or more
Snap Lock Beads
Stencils- coloring around borders or inside
Wind up toys with smaller knobs
Writing Preparation Toys: Magnadoodle, art kits
of large thick crayons, markers, chalk, brushes
with variety of
paper and paint activities.
Games to develop coordination and concepts
(Some of these
games may also be suitable for older children)
in the Pants- Press down on
ants to make them jump into pants.
Chutes and Ladders- move pieces on board, no
Cootie- First player to finish building the
strange creature wins.
Crazy Crab- a motorized game involving a large
the ocean. The players have to steal them by picking them
up with large tongs
look like claws.
dentist game- Players
take turns counting teeth until the
crocodile tries to give a friendly bite.
children to try to and more beans to the
pot without it spilling.
Wake Daddy- Uses a
spinner and counting spaces while children try
to avoid waking daddy.
Elfin Game- trains visual tracking as your child
flying out of the elephant's trunk.
Around Game- Children
coordinate putting rods in moving fish
and visual matching
Ho Cheerio-teaches counting
Hungry Hungry Hippos- Press a lever to feed
Monster Mash- discriminate which monster is
Mr. Caterpillar Alphabet Game- teaches letter
gather letter cards.
Potato Head Memory Game
Fly- This game encourages tracking as the child tries
to swat a flies.
Whack a Mole- when the mole pops up, the player
Olds and Older
Encourage Eye-hand Coordination and Perceptual Skills
books- crossword puzzles, anagrams, decoding,
unscrambling words, Hang Man, Jotto)
Color by Number Books
Cook books with pictures and numbered steps
i.e. make a bird
house, soap molding kit, etc.
Cut out dolls and other complex shapes
fasteners, squeeze clothespins to
Ed Emberley learn to draw step by step books
Etch and Sketch
and other braiding
or knot tying craft
Hole punchers (hand squeezed and finger pushed
Legoes and other
kits with diagrams to
Paper flakes cut outs
Paper mache kit
Pot Holder Weaving
Tissue Paper Flower crafts
develop coordination and concepts
Barrel of Monkeys- players need to hook the next
monkey to the
of the strand.
Battle Ship- Teaches graphing concepts
Blast Out- a
motorized air power action game requiring keeping eyes on a ball while it is
catapulted into a large cup and air pushes the ball
up into another level.
Boggle- quickly write
down words seen on a letter grid.
Trap-requires players to gently remove a shape from the board
without moving the
games (i.e. rummy, Spit, War, Crazy Eights)
Clue Junior and Clue
Don't Break the Ice-
Players use a mallet to tap plastic pieces of
ice without the ice
man falling through the openings.
Guess Who- Players
need to find out who the friend's mystery
person is by
eliminating all other possibilities.
gather the jacks before catching the small ball.
players attempt to remove sticks from the marble filled tube
without losing any marbles.
there are a variety of
games on the market that are like
three dimensional mazes.
Loopin Louie- a
motorized flip-flopping flier game that requires visual
tracking to follow Louie in
his airplane as he flips around. The players try to
keep him from knocking over the
tokens by hitting him with a paddle.
Monopoly Junior and
Mouse Trap- a
constructed project is used to send a ball cascading.
Operation- Uses tongs
to remove small body parts.
match shapes into a board before all pop out.
require removing a stick without touching any others.
Plunk a skunk-
Whack skunk heads as they light up to score points.
Plastic spaghetti is in a bowl. Children remove pieces
one by one without letting
the plastic meatballs fall through to the bottom.
visual and auditory memory.
speed and matching skills.
players push buttons and turn dials to speed a ball over a maze
Games (i.e. Cat's Cradle)
Toss-Across- toss a
bean bag into the board attempting to create a tic
tac toe pattern.
Traffic Jam Junior
and Traffic Jam- Players maneuver vehicles
on a grid to get an
ice cream truck out of traffic.
move pegs on a a board according to number on mounted die.
©2008 Barbara Smith
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