Category Archives: fun and educational toys

Special Need Toys

Assist children with learning disabilities improve their handwriting, reading comprehension, numbers, social and verbal skills, processing of information, and interpretation of sounds. If you are a teacher or parent of a child with special needs, take a look at the books and toys below for ideas on how to help develop skills in a fun and engaging way.

Toys created to help children with dyscalculia to better understand mathematics and numbers

  • Lakeshore Building Language 3-D Lotto
  • Mozbii Toy – Draw With The Color You Snatch (Educational) For iPad, Android phones, and iPad Pro
  • Word Families with Silly Sentences Fun Deck – Super Duper Educational Learning Toy for Kids
  • Excellerations TRACING Excellerations Prewriting Motor Skills Set (Pack of 21)
  • My First Art Easel with Chalkboard and Whiteboard – Kids Educational Learning

Toys for Children with Dyslexia

  • I See, I Spell, I Learn Flashcards
  • Reading Highlight Strips
  • Early Reading Program for Babies, Preschoolers and Toddlers- Phonics, Sight Words, Sign Language: Bright Signs Learning
  • Child1st Publications 607 Snapwords Pocket Chart Cards
  • Child1st Publications SnapWords List B Sight Word Pocket Chart Cards
  • Dr. Erica Warren Executive Functioning Card Games Bundle
  • The Original Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks – Educational Materials for the Beginning Reader Toddler 3 4 5 6 Year Old – Eco Friendly Wooden CVC Manipulative Toy for Kindergarten Language Learning

Toys for Children with Language Processing Disorder

  • Drills for Sounds CDs and visuals for speech and articulation practice
  • Learning Resources LER6801 Alphabet Soup Sorters, 209 Pieces
  • Tiggly Interactive Learning Toys | Includes 4 Reading and Spelling Games| Great for Kids Ages 3 thru 8 | Featuring Elmo and Cookie Monster in Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen
  • Identiflyer Lyric 140 Birds & Frogs Kit Includes Machine, 3 & 2 Cards set & Case
  • Short Stories Fun Deck Cards for Auditory Memory
  • LeapFrog LeapReader System Learn to Read 10 Book Bundle

The Importance Of Arts And Crafts

Kids enjoy doing an assortment of arts and crafts as a way to be creative and have some fun! Little do they realize that it is also good for their development too.

Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Kids

Bilateral Coordination – Crafts such as drawing, cutting, and coloring all need your kid to use both of their hands. This skill is vital in other areas like tying shoes, writing, typing and much more.

Fine Motor Coordination – In order to cut patterns, draw shapes, and write, your kid needs to use their fine motor coordination. These skills likewise translate to other parts of their lives like dressing and eating.

Self-Regulation – Crafts that need drying need waiting! This is a good lessonfor your kid to show patience. Also, things might not go precisely as he or she hoped. Crafts are a good way to encourage flexibility in your kid. There’s no right or wrong way in discovering one’s own creativity.

Self-esteem Booster – Even though we want to challenge our children, it is also vital to initially pick arts and crafts that are at your kid’s skill level. Finishing the crafts positively will bring them a good sense of accomplishment. As you and your kid start to discover more crafts, you can bring in more and more challenges.

Bonding and Fun – Your children will enjoy spending time with you and making something together.

Great craft ideas to do with your children this winter season:

Snow Flakes

  • Begin with tracing a circle on your favorite color construction paper
  • Cut out the circle
  • Fold the circle in half 3 times
  • Draw shapes from the edges with a pencil
  • Use scissors to cut along the designs
  • Carefully open your circle
  • Use holiday-inspired stickers
  • Use a variety of materials to decorate the snowflakes