It's time again for our monthly segment: Favorite Toys Without Batteries! As we talked about here, here, and here, we love toys without batteries. Below is The Speech Space's June list of great toys that don't make noise, so that you can get your child talking more while you play!
In it's simplest form, Twister is great for working on following directions and simple concepts (colors, body parts, left/right). If you're wanting to target more vocabulary, you can easily add more concepts into this game. Simply print pictures that target a theme your child is working on in school or seasonal vocabulary and tape the pictures to the game spots. Then, use the spinner to call out where to put their feet and hands.
Green Toys Trucks:
We love Green Toys vehicles! They are made of recyclable material and are very sturdy. These vehicles are great for young kiddos that are about to be or already on the move. If you get the dump truck or recycling truck you and your child could play putting things in the trucks and then dumping them out (over and over again). You can even work on following directions and vocabulary by telling your child which items to put in the trucks. If they are older, your child could tell you what to help put in the trucks.
Don't Wake the Hulk:
Who doesn't love superheroes? Kids will love this take on the classic game "Don't Wake Daddy" but with a superhero twist. Players try to get their superhero through Hulk's room and out his window. On each turn you're either safe or you have to push his alarm clock, which may make him pop out of bed! The best part is that you don't know if he'll pop out of bed or not on each turn. This game is great for working on dealing with the unexpected, dealing with disappointment, making simple inferences, following directions, turn-taking and counting.
*This game may be less expensive on Ebay.
If you missed our other favorite toy blog posts you can read them here, here, here and here, Check back on The Speech Space blog for other fun ideas, toys and games you can do with your child to help increase their communication development.
And as always, if you have questions or concerns about your child's development, contact us at The Speech Space! We offer free screenings, which take approximately 30 minutes, and can help identify potential problems.