Posts Tagged ‘toys’

Top Toys & How They Can Support Speech & Language Development (Part Three)

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 by by

Welcome to part three of four of my Top Toys series! To read more about why I am doing this series, please check out Part One HERE. You can also check out part two HERE.

I am writing these posts to help parents pick good, quality toys for their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that can be used to help support speech and language development. As I share with you my personal top picks for toys for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, I will also be sharing the areas of speech and language that these toys can help support. However, as I noted in part one, it is important to know that for these toys to help support speech and language development you, as the parent or caregiver must help to facilitate that language. What I mean is this: You can’t just give a child a shape sorter and expect him to magically know and use the names of shapes and colors! You need to sit with your child and facilitate his learning. You need to use some strategies that I have mentioned before including:

Parallel Talk, Self Talk, & Descriptions

Expansions, Extensions, and Repetitions

Commenting and Asking Questions

If you are a fellow speech pathologist and work with infants, toddlers or preschoolers, you may also find this series of posts valuable for choosing therapy materials.

Here are my next five top picks for toys (in no particular order)

Kitchen set

We got my daughter her play kitchen for Christmas the year she was two. Actually, Santa brought it for her. We got her the one pictured above, but there are SO many different kitchen sets out there to choose from at very reasonable prices. (more…)

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Top Toys & How They Can Support Speech & Language Development (Part Two)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 by by

Welcome to part two of four of my Top Toys series! To read more about why I am doing this series, please check out Part One Here.

I am writing these posts to help parents pick good, quality toys for their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that can be used to help support speech and language development. As I share with you my personal top picks for toys for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, I will also be sharing the areas of speech and language that these toys can help support. However, as I noted in part one, it is important to know that for these toys to help support speech and language development you, as the parent or caregiver must help to facilitate that language. What I mean is this: You can’t just give a child a shape sorter and expect him to magically know and use the names of shapes and colors! You need to sit with your child and facilitate his learning. You need to use some strategies that I have mentioned before including:

Parallel Talk, Self Talk, & Descriptions

Expansions, Extensions, and Repetitions

Commenting and Asking Questions

If you are a fellow speech pathologist and work with infants, toddlers, or preschoolers, you may also find this series of posts valuable for choosing therapy materials.

Here are my next five top picks for toys (in no particular order)

Baby Doll

The baby doll is such a fantastic toy that I wish ALL children (Yes, even BOYS!) could have. It is a toy that can really help open up and expand a child’s pretend play. Let’s look at just some of the language concepts that a baby doll can help teach and support:

  • Body Parts: Use the dolls to teach all the body parts: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, fingers, tummy, feet, toes, knees, elbows, etc.

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Top Toys & How They Can Support Speech & Language Development (Part One)

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 by by

As a speech pathologist, I am asked all the time by parents what toys I recommend they buy for their children to help expand their speech and language skills. When I became a mother, I became even more interested in children’s toys. So for the month of February, I’ve decided to write a series of posts all about my personal top pics of toys I wish every child could have, and how they can support language development and overall learning. Welcome to part one of four in my series!

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I have been working with children in  professional capacity for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of working with children of all abilities in a wide variety of settings (preschools, elementary schools, middle and high schools, child care programs, recreation programs, homes, etc.). Working in these settings over the years, as well as my experience as a speech pathologist and a mother of two, has given me a unique perspective on the use of toys as learning tools. Particularly how toys can help (or even HINDER!) speech and language skills.

As I share with you my personal top picks for toys for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, I will also be sharing the areas of speech and language that these toys can help support. However, it is important to know that for these toys to help support speech and language development you, as the parent or caregiver, must help to facilitate that language. What I mean is this: You can’t just give a child a shape sorter and expect him to magically know and use the names of shapes and colors! You need to sit with your child and facilitate his learning. You need to use some strategies that I have mentioned before including:

Parallel Talk, Self Talk, & Descriptions

Expansions, Extensions, and Repetitions

Commenting and Asking Questions (more…)

Bilibo

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 by by

How has your weekend been so far?! Our has been pretty awesome… My girls are watching Kung-Fu Panda, and we just finished having a great breakfast. It’s a chilly day out, and in a bit we are going to head over to grandmas to finish helping make tamales, which are a tradition in my family & culture. YUMMY!

Today I wanted to share with ya’ll another review of an awesome children’s toy that I actually stumbled upon because I won a gift card to Overstock.com a few months ago and didn’t know what to get. As you know, Overstock.com has so many different things to choose from: clothes to toys and dishes to linens. So I thought I would get the girls a Christmas gift (which I couldn’t wait till Christmas to give it to them). I saw BILIBO!

It looked like such a unique and different toy. I read up on it, and it was designed by engineers in Switzerland and had won many toy awards. My girls were perfect candidates, because at the time my 6 year old was taking kung-fu classes and needed to practice balancing. It also is great for creativity play for my toddler. Just look at all the cute things that can be done with it…. (more…)

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Really???!!!

Friday, July 8th, 2011 by by

I am sure mothers (and fathers) around the world hear this often during the summer: “I’m Bored! There’s Nothing To Do!”
Really??? Shall we take a look… The boys “garage” and “Fire Station” as well as bins of cars and random toys.

More trucks, helicopters, balls, books….

Games and art supplies, puzzles (and just junk).
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The free gift that has kept on giving – for 45-ish years!

Sunday, May 9th, 2010 by by

When we were young, my Nana had a small suitcase of wooden, colored blocks that we LOVED. I would go as far as to say they were our favorite of the myriad of toys at Nanas house. I remember playing with them when I was around 4, and I remember watching my ‘little’ cousins playing with them when I was around 12. There were rectangular blocks, square blocks, half circle blocks, and rectangle blocks with an arch in the middle (obviously the half circle blocks were cut out, leaving these arches). They were all painted yellow, red, and green, very basic and homemade but still SO much fun.

A couple of years ago, my Nana & Step-Grandad moved away from Oamaru, and all the children were invited to (more…)

Our new toys!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 by by


Ok, so one isn’t really a “new toy” just something new to play on. The kids LOVE the fireplace. I can’t keep them off of it so I decided what the hell, I’ll let them play on it. They can pretty much get up and down off of something like that without falling over and banging their head so I’m not worried about an injury. I stay close by just in case but for the most part, they like to sit up (more…)

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