By Carissa Tozzi
Shopping for a special present? Here are a few of our favorite toys that kids will spend hours playing with while developing important skills like communication, coordination, literacy, organization, creativity and problem-solving!
1. Fine Motor + Imaginative Play: Seedling DIY Superhero Mask Kit : Turn every day into an awesome fun adventure with this superhero mask. Seedling's DIY activity kit comes with a blue mask, pre-cut felt shapes, and glitter glue so you can create your own masterpiece. A Winner of Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Creative Toys, their kit has everything you need to turn into a masked avenger and save the world at a moment’s notice. SHOP: Seedling's DIY Superhero Mask kit.
2. Fine Motor + Imaginative Play : Mame Ohagki Rainbow Beans : This beautiful wooden set is more than a food prop—it’s a wonderful, open-ended toy called a ‘manipulative’, which helps develop a variety of cognitive skills, from mathematics to spatial awareness. These beans can be stacked, piled and used as building blocks. They can be lined up side by side or designed into a pattern. They can be counted or grouped by color and used as a counting tool to teach simple math. This set comes with multicolored beans, a small wooden bowl, and chopsticks (a great dexterity aid), along with cloth cases for storage. SHOP: Mame Ohagki Rainbow Beans
3. Fine Motor + Imaginative Play: Enchanted Tree : Studio Roof is known for making creative toys and pays particular attention to the design. The brand uses recycled and recyclable cardboard as its material, and the do-it-yourself-concept as its motto. It is worth noting, that Studio Roof donates 5% of its sales to UNICEF. SHOP: Building Set-Enchanted Tree
4. Fine Motor + Imaginative Play: Kid O Cutting Fruit : Young chefs can chop and prepare five colorful fruits and vegetables with a wooden knife. As they practice their fine motor skills, they will also work on their speech and language development. SHOP: Kid O Cutting Fruit
5. Fine Motor + Imaginative Play: Pirasta Coloring Poster : What kid doesn't love to color on a wall or the floor? Pirasta makes enormous fun coloring posters that kids will be extra excited to explore and fill in. Hang it on a wall, or roll it over a floor, and spend hours coloring. SHOP: Pirasta
6. Fine Motor + Imaginative Play: Seedling's DIY Tiara Kit : Entertain guests with a majestic jeweled crown on top of your head with Seedling's DIY Tiara Kit. Use the metallic pipe cleaners, colorful pom poms, and sparkly beads to build a unique masterpiece fit for a royal affair. SHOP: Seedling's DIY Tiara Kit
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