The holiday season is quickly approaching. With all of the options out there, it can be challenging to choose gifts for children that are both fun and exciting while promoting learning and development. We have decided to take some of the difficulty out of the search! Here are toys and games that are recommended for each age group based on developmental milestones!
Now is a good time to focus on exploratory and curiosity building skills as well as imitation and word development.
Learning the important lessons: winning versus losing, taking turns, waiting and often an element of counting! These styles of games are oldies but goodies!
There are so many options out there for presents, it is hard to pick apart the ones that are both popular and educational, from a fad! A good rule of thumb to use is that games that can be played more than one way, this will provide more engagement for longer periods of time!
I hope this guide helps you to make a great choice that will provide ample fun, with a sprinkle of learning for your loved one! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Emily Merritt is a Registered Speech and Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario as well as Speech-Language & Audiology Canada. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology following the completion of an Honours Bachelor Degree in Music Cognition from McMaster University