Where to Find Developmental Toys for Young Children
If you are a parent, caregiver, teacher or therapist, you know the importance of play and child development. Children learn through play but how do you make that playtime as productive as possible? Developmental and educational toys are the answer.
There are a number of toys, games and other resources that are developed with your child’s development in mind but they are hard to find at your local Target or Walmart. Yes, they do carry toys targeted at child development, but what if you have a child that needs help with speech and language development, strengthening gross and fine motor skills, oral motor or sensory issues. Target or Walmart just don’t deliver.
This article is designed to help parents, teachers, therapist and other caregivers find companies that specialize in developmental and educational toys as well as other resources to meet your child’s developmental needs, regardless of ability.
Beyond Play – Beyond Play is dedicated to providing early intervention products for young children with special needs. You can shop based on developmental need. Although this company focuses on products for special needs children, any child can benefit from these products. Visit their website at www.beyondplay.com
Lakeshore – Lakeshore is another company dedicated to providing educational toys to children of all ages and abilities. You can shop by category, age or grade. There is even a FREE resource section for teachers. Visit their website at www.lakeshorelearning.com
Other companies specializing in developmental and educational toys: