a few of our can't-go-without-'ems
When it comes to toys and products, we emphasize quality over quantity. We've put together some of our tried and true products that have proven to earn their title as a "favorite" and we believe give the best bang for your buck.
For organizational purposes, some products are arranged by the child's developmental age, which may differ from their chronological age. Please note all products should be used under proper supervision. Developmentools participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, which includes some products listed below. Please see our Disclaimer page for more details.
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The Product: Peanut Ball
The Price Point: $15.99 to $18.98
The Perks: They can work for all ages. From laboring, to infancy, toddlerhood through adolescence - these exercise balls can always serve a purpose.
They can address a variety of skills. By bouncing, sitting, balancing and "steamrolling" with it, a peanut ball can address the areas of core strength and stability, proprioceptive and vestibular sensory input, weight bearing, tummy time and more.
Overall Top Picks
The Product: Fat Brain Toys Squigz Toobz Suction Cup Manipulatives
The Price Point: $9.99 to $59.95
The Perks: They can work for all ages. They address grasping skills, hand strength, visual motor skills, bilateral skills and provide deep pressure/proprioceptive input with the push and pop against surfaces.
They're versatile. Push two together to form a bridge and roll toy cars underneath it. Bring them into the bathtub to make water play fun. Use them to practice forming letters and numbers. Encourage creative play and imitation: build a robot, use them as a pretend phone or toy antennae.
The Skills: This age group benefits from toys that encourage grasping skills, tummy time, bilateral skills, cause and effect, imitation/social and visual motor skills. Sensory-rich toys provide input for overall neural development and organization.
The Price Point: $5.95 to $69.95
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