There are many toys designed to promote play for your little one, but here are some ideas that we, as physical therapists, use daily when working with your kids.
Ages 0-6 months:
Main Idea- Toys that are visually and audibly attractive or toys that promote small movements!
Toys– Noisemakers, light up toys, musical toys, mirrors, and playmats.
Ages 6-12 months:
Main Idea- Toys that encourage movement such as rolling, trunk rotation, crawling, creeping, and walking.
Toys: Push/ pull toys, balls, pretend to play toys, stacking rings, Balls.
Ages 1-3 Years:
Main Idea: Toys that promote pretend play and big movements such as walking/ stairs.
Toys: Learning walkers, Shopping carts, Pretend food/ baby dolls, Balance Bikes, Books, Puzzles, Push Toys, Playdough, Kinetic Sand, Stacking toys.
Ages 3-6 Years:
Main Ideas: Toys that allow your child to be involved in an activity alone or with friends.
Toys: Sidewalk Chalk, Crayons, Puzzles, Musical instruments, Balls, Balance beams, Steps, Bikes with training wheels, Scooters.
If you have concerns about your child’s gross motor skills or questions about what toys would facilitate gross motor growth, please contact one of our physical therapists at T.E.A.M 4 Kids at the Surprise or Peoria Location.