Christmas Toy Ideas

Christmas Toy Suggestions for Children with Down Syndrome

 

Always being asked what kind of present your child would like for Christmas (or birthdays for that matter!)? Looking for a list of toy ideas to give to Grandparents, Uncles, Aunty’s and friends? Well look no more! Our therapists here at The Down Syndrome Centre have put together a fantastic list of toy suggestions. Happy shopping!

Top Occupational Therapy Toys

 

Pop-up Pirate: Great for Fine motor/ sequencing/ Turn taking/sibling and peer interactions and colour matching skills. Pop-up Pirate

 

 

 

Jigsaws: Encourages pincer grasp, planning of pieces, turn taking, parallel play and scanning pieces. Jigsaws

 

 

 

Peg Boards: Ideal for developing fine motor skills, counting, sorting, matching and creating patterns. Peg Boards

 

 

Super Sorting Pie: Teaches early number skills and attributes, develops fine motor skills, using a tweezers encourage the pincer grasp and functional finger movements, practices hand-eye coordination and counting. Super Sorting Pie

 

 

Mrs. Potato Head: Develops: pincer grasp, identifying face parts, tactile perception, hand strength, and turn taking. Mrs. Potato Head

 

 

 

Viga Fishing Game: Encourages, creativity, fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Viga Fishing Game

 

Sensory Balls: Develop fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, size discrimination, colour awareness, tactile awareness, visual perception, concentration, visual tracking, and crossing the midline.  Sensory Balls

 

 

Free Standing Chalk Board: Interaction with vertical surfaces encourages wrists to bend upwards into extension, which is a pre-requisite for skilled handwriting (and typing). It also strengthens their shoulder girdle area, where most of fine motor power will come from. Chalk Board

 

 

Scooter Board: These encourage the strengthening of hands, arms and shoulders to support them and pull themselves along. Scooter Board

 

 

 

Pretend Play: This develops parallel play, interacting with others and sharing with others. Imaginary play with pretend food enhances fine motor, bi-lateral and co-ordination skills, by holding the food with one hand whilst cutting with other. Pretend Play

Speech & Language Therapy Christmas Toy Ideas

Eye Contact:

 

 

 

On the Road Finger Puppet Glove

Cause and Effect Toys:

 

Click Clack Track

 

 

 

 

 

Tap and Tilt Roller Rack

 

 

 

 

 

Light and Sound Drum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Blocks/Stacking Cups

 

 

 

 

 

Skittles & Ball

 

 

 

 

 

Noisy Tractor

 

 

Pretend Play Toys

 

 

 

Picnic Basket

 

 

 

Pretend Food

 

 

 

 

Microwave

 

 

 

 

 

Toothbrushing Sink

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Sink

 

 

 

 

 

Dolly

 

 

 

 

 

Toy Bath

 

 

 

 

Doll’s Buggy

 

 

 

 

 

Dolls Bed

 

 

 

 

 

Doll’s Highchair

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Trolley

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Shopping Basket

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Till

 

 

 

 

 

Doctors Set 

 

 

 

 

Farm House

 

 

Boardgames (Rewards & Turn Taking)

 

 

 

Post Box Game 

 

 

 

 

Colour Match Game

 

 

 

 

Shopping List Game 

 

 

 

 

What Do I Do Puzzle 

 

 

 

 

Wiggly Worms

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging Monkeys

Books

 

 

 

 

First 100 Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

First 100 Shapes and Colours

 

 

Repetitive Line Books:

 

 

 

 

Dear Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

Peepo 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s not my puppy/bear/pony, bunny, kitten etc

 

 

Enjoy the shopping!!!

 

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