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5 awesome toys to encourage children’s development and preschool skills

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Children’s development and toys

Having a child with autism has taught me a lot of things. One of them is that not all kids love toys. Charlie doesn’t really like toys. He only cares about his iPad and books. Mostly. Jude is the opposite; he gets very enthusiastic about new toys, and love opening presents. I love his reaction when he sees a new toy. He usually lets escape a “woooooooow”, with a big smile on his face.

Jude is doing great cognitively but he’s still behind developmentally in a few domains such as gross motor skills, expressive speech, and feeding. Not to mention the sensory issues. He goes to a Montessori school five days a week and it’s helped tremendously with his fine motor skills. I want to encourage him to further develop new skills by playing, so here are the best toys I’ve found. Plus, they’re all Amazon Prime eligible because everyone likes free and fast shipping!

5 great toys to encourage children’s development and preschool skills

Disclaimer, I love wooden toys so you’ll see a lot of them on my list…

1. PlanToys Preschool Beehive

Great for preschool skills (colors, matching) and fine motor skills – At this time, it’s Jude’s favorite toy by far. He loves to match the colors and he’s very delicate with the chopstick when dropping the bees in their corresponding hives.

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2. PlanToys Sound Blocks 

These blocks are also great to work on fine motor skills, preschool skills, and sensory play. Jude likes to stack them and Charlie occasionally likes to look at the little balls inside the blocks.

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3. PlanToys Wooden Letters + Flash Cards

These letters and cards are great to work on preschool skills like learning the alphabet, working on colors, and increasing your child’s vocabulary.

4. Melissa and Doug Barn

This barn is so pretty. I love Melissa and Doug and wooden toys in general. Jude’s speech therapist has a barn, and she’s the one who gave me the idea to get one. It’s great at encouraging social skills by taking turns playing with the animals. It’s also a good toy for imaginary play. Your child can play pretend he’s feeding the animals, pretend the horse is running, etc… Finally, it’s works to increase your child’s vocabulary of animal sounds, animal names, and farm vocabulary.

5. Wooden Penguin Ring Stacker

There are a lot of wooden toys out there but I really like this one because it’s super cute and the quality is great. This toy is good to work on fine motor skills, problem solving, and preschool skills like sorting by size and color.

How about you? Which toys are your favorite toys to encourage toddler’s development?

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  • Reply
    2017-07-15 at 6:23 PM

    Love these toys!! I’m shopping for them now online…hopefully the one with chopsticks will help my son build strength in his hands

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    2017-07-16 at 1:00 PM

    I love this post. These are some fantastic toys. I do have a question though. I saw on your Instagram story these wooden number tiles that are absolutely perfect! I was wondering if you had a brand for those? When I tried to search for them, I just come up with numbers with Braille but I really like how yours have a corresponding number of dots on them.

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      The Autism Cafe
      2017-07-16 at 2:13 PM

      Hi Moni. They are from Plan Toys too! You can purchase them on Amazon here: – We love them too, I should add them to my list 🙂

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    2017-07-16 at 4:19 PM

    C’est formidable cette joie lorsque Jude ouvre un paquet cadeau. Les jouets sont vraiment très bien pour son dĂ©veloppement. Il faut en mettre beaucoup sur la liste car depuis la France nous pouvons acheter et ne pas payer les frais d’expĂ©dition :*

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