Saturday, November 29, 2014

OT Approved Toy | Small Business Saturday

Over the past month, I've been sharing some of my favorite toys. While I do stand by all of the toys that I have shared, they tend to be toys that are from big-box retailers (but be sure to check your local toy store, they might be there too!). Today, in honor of Small Business Saturday, I'd like to share a few OT approved toys that come from small businesses. Some of them are even toys created by occupational therapists! Double win!

Rachel Coley, of CanDoKiddo, is a pediatric occupational therapist and she has used her knowledge as a new mom and OT to create activity play mat quilts for babies. These play mats feature 45 creative play activities to promote development during the first four months of life. Great for the new babies or soon-to-be parents in your life!

Tonya Cooley, of Therapy Fun Zone, is also a pediatric occupational therapist has created a fun Munchy Ball Game. This game helps develop fine motor skills and would make a great stocking stuffer! Great for ages 4-6.

Together, Nicole M. Sergent, a pediatric physical therapist, and Lacy Morise, a speech language pathologist, created a set of child development cards called 1-2-3 Just Play With Me. This set of 75 cards provides information about developmental milestones, as well as activities to help develop skills in children ages 0-3. This would make a great gift for the new parent in your life!

Shasta Kearns Moore is a mother to twins, one of which has cerebral palsy. She noticed that her boys loved simple books, but got bored of reading the same books over and over, so she created her own! The reason her book is OT approved is because it is all black and white. Her book, Dark & Light, is full of simple, high contrast images, which babies love to look at!

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