Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide!

It's already December and holiday shopping is in full force!  If you're wondering what to get the special little person in your life this year, here are a few things you might find on an OT's list to Santa:

AGES 0-3:
  • Grocery cart push toyTouch and feel books
  • Colorful rattles
  • Oral motor teething toys
  • Music
  • Activity center (for TUMMY TIME!!!)
  • Tubby toys for bath time
  • Blocks
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Textured balls for sensory awareness
  • Push toys such as a mini-grocery cart or toy stroller
  • Pull toys
  • "Pop" together beads
  • Shape sorters
  • Balls
  • Hammering toys
  • Ball pit
  • Sorting toys
Teething ring
Good Night Moon

  • EASEL!   (EVERYTHING on a vertical surface is great for fine motor development!!)
  • Stacking/building blocks
  • Crayons
  • Finger paints (be brave parents!)
  • Fiskar scissors and some things to cut---construction paper, ribbon, play-doh
  • Paint and brushes
  • Puppets
  • Craft items/sets
  • Musical instruments
  • Play-doh and some rollers, cookie cutters, etc.
  • Pegboards
  • Stringing beads
  • Lacing cards
  • A piggy bank and rolls of pennies (kids put the pennies in the slot one at a time---great fine motor task!)
  • Magna Doodle or Etch a Sketch
  • Dry erase board (hang it on the wall for a VERTICAL surface and it's even better for development!)
  • Stickers and sticker books
  • Dress ups
  • Water/sand table
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Toy kitchen
  • Toy workbench
  • Sorting toys
  • Sit n' Spin
  • Tricycle
  • Kaleidoscopes               
  • Bean bags
  • Puzzles
  • Board games (Candyland, Lucky Ducks)
  • Card games (Go Fish, Memory)
  • Lite Brite
LITE BRITE LED Flat Screen (Boys)Sand & Sea™ Play Table                           
AGES 6 and UP:
  • LEGOS and other block sets for building
  • Jump ropes
  • Tanagrams
  • Puzzles
  • Beads and strings to make bracelets, simple jewelry

  • Arts and crafts

  • Stencils

  • Connect 4 game

  • "Just Dance" for Wii or similar video movement games

  • Musical instruments

  • Model kits to construct

  • Bike

  • Scooter

  • Balls

  • Dolls with accessories/clothing for practice with dressing/fasteners

  • Sand and water toys

  • Gardening kit

  • Lincoln Logs

  • Tinker Toys

  • Puppets

  • Sidewalk chalk

  • Ping Pong

  • Roller skates/roller blades

  • Basketball net

  • Sled

  • Board games (checkers, chess, Chinese checkers)

  • Dominoes



Jen Dermody, OTR/L


  1. Love it! This list is very comprehensive!

  2. Great gift ideas. I definitely think that musical instruments are great for school age kids. Plus, orff instruments are a great way to teach kids music.