FINE MOTOR SKILLS
|Toys that train the small muscles in the hands and fingers, building the strength, control, and precision that enable everyday life skills such as self-feeding, dressing and undressing, drawing, and writing.|
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
|Activities and games that build the body's large muscle groups, developing strength, control,|
Many of the products featured benefit more than one skill area. Watch for these icons throughout the book to learn about the many ways each toy can help your child to learn and grow.
balance, and coordination in the arms, legs, and torso through exercise and large-scale movements.
|Brain-boosting play sets that reinforce early-learning concepts and processing skills to promote mental dexterity, problem-solving skills, end school readiness.|
SPEECH & LANGUAGE
|Games, toys, and make-believe activities that foster communication skills by inspiring conversation, facilitating narratives, and sparking inquiry and exploration.|
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
|Toys to help children feel secure as they talk about feelings or emotions by imitating family life, providing non-verbal channels for expression, or offering an open-ended exploration of everyday themes in creative ways.|
|Role-play and imaginative activities to bund confidence and resilience, helping children rehearse new adventures, practice every day routines, and build the social and emotional tools they need in everyday life.|
|Activities to explore textures, sounds, colors, and experiences in a low-pressure setting, using a variety of toys and manipulatives, soothing comfort objects, and beneficial heavy work.|
|Products and ploy-food sets that promote comfort in the kitchen or dining room, helping children feel more confidence and control as they explore concepts of meal-building and nutrition|
|ORAL MOTOR SKILLS|
|Bubbles, musical instruments, and art projects that benefit the muscles of the face and mouth, developing awareness, strength, and control and enabling eating, swallowing, and facial expression.|