Gift Ideas from CSS

Gift-giving is an art that goes beyond mere material exchange; it’s an opportunity to inspire and nurture growth, especially when choosing presents for children. As speech and occupational therapists, we understand the importance of selecting gifts that stimulate a child’s development. In this blog, we’ll explore thoughtful and purposeful gift ideas that not only bring joy but also contribute to a child’s speech and occupational skills.

Choosing gifts that align with the principles of speech and occupational therapy not only brings joy to a child but also plays a crucial role in their holistic development. Whether it’s honing language skills, refining fine or gross motor abilities, or fostering creativity, thoughtful gifts can make a lasting impact on a child’s journey toward growth and self-discovery. As therapists, we encourage parents, family members, and friends to consider the developmental benefits when selecting presents, transforming gift-giving into a meaningful and supportive experience.


Here’s a list of gift ideas:

1 – Fine Motor Skills Toys:

Building blocks or Legos

Magnet Tile Marble Maze  

Duplo legos 

Magnetic Blocks  

Playdough or clay with tools

Play-Doh Fun Tub Playset

 Puzzles with large, easy-to-grasp pieces

Young toddler sound puzzle  

Letter and number puzzles  

 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

 Bead  kits

Wooden Beads  


Small, child-friendly scissors for cutting practice

Scissor skills workbook and scissor  

 2 – Gross Motor Skills Toys:

Jump ropes

 Adjustable Size Colorful Jump Rope for Kids and Teens

Obstacle Course Toys

Kids play stepping stones  

Obstacle Course Accessories

Balance boards or stability balls

Wooden wobble board  

Wobble Balance Board

Scooters or ride-on toys

Kids Scooter

Scooter Board  

Stomp rocket  

Sports  equipment (e.g., soccer ball, basketball)

Hover Soccer Ball  

3 – Sensory Toys:

 Fidget toys (e.g., stress balls, textured items)

 Fidget popper game 

 Fidget Busy Board 

Kinetic sand or sensory bins

Stationery Fun at The Farm Sensory Bin Kit

Ocean and Sand Sensory Bin 

Space Sensory Bin 

Weighted blankets or lap pads

Kids weighted blanket

Vibrating toys or massagers

Talk Tool Mouth Vibration Jiggler  

Vibrating Pillow  


4 – Therapist Recommended Board Games:


Dont Break the Ice  

Feed the Woozle 

Lucky ducks  

 On the go memory  

 Peaceable Kingdom Friends and Neighbors

Tetra Tower Game-Balance Stacking Block

Games that involve movement or physical activity

The Original The Floor is Lava!

Hullabaloo Movement game  

Seek a Boo 


At Home Scavenger Hunt  

5 – Books:

Interactive books with textures or flaps

 Fish Baby Books Toys, Touch and Feel Cloth Soft Crinkle

Peek and Seek – In the Ocean

Soft Cloth Crinkle Baby Books

Never Touch a Dinosaur!   

Picture books that explore emotions

I Am Stronger Than Anger

My Body Sends a Signal  

In My Heart Book of Feelings  

A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Plush Toys with Feelings Book Box Set

What Should Danny Do?

Visual Perception Books 

My First Hidden Pictures

 Disney Look and Find 

 Book of Mazes 

6 – Therapy Swings and seats:

Pod Swing  

Saucer Swing  

Kangaroo Chair 

Peanut Ball Seat  

7 – Educational Toys:

STEM toys (science, technology, engineering, and math)

 Osmo – Genius Starter Kit for iPad & iPhone

Building and construction sets

Creative Construction Engineering

Early Learning Toys 

Counting Cookies 

Alphabet Pops 

Musical instruments for auditory stimulation

 Instruments Set

8 – Adaptive Equipment:

Adaptive utensils and plates for mealtime

Specialized writing tools for better grip


When choosing gifts for kids, it’s important to select items that promote communication, language development, and speech skills.

Here are some gift ideas:

 1 – Books:

Interactive books with flaps, textures, or sound buttons.

Baby Einstein – Amazing Animals

VTech Baby Peek and Play

Picture books with clear and expressive illustrations, and repetitive and rhyming text.

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?

Brown Bear, What Do You See

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

  2 – Educational Games:

Games that promote vocabulary development and language skills.

Go Together Flash Cards

Skillmatics Card Game

Bilingual Learning Toys for Children

Spark Cards Jr Sequence Cards

Word-building games like Scrabble or Bananagrams. 


Sentence Building Kit for Kids

Board games that encourage communication and turn-taking.

Link Alike Social Skills Game for Kids

The Game Plan Game

 3 – Articulation Games:

Games specifically designed for speech sound practice.

Sound Hounds Word Building Card Game

Super Duper Publications | Say and Do® S, R, L and Blends Artic Games 

 Flashcards with pictures and words for targeted speech sounds.

Talking Flash Cards for Toddlers

Coogam Short Vowel Spelling Flashcards

  4 – Puzzles with Speech Components:

Puzzles with pieces that have letters, numbers, or words. 

Wooden Number and Alphabet Puzzles

The Learning Journey: Match It!

Wooden Jumbo Alphabet 

 5 – Language Apps:

Educational apps that focus on language development and communication skills.

 Apps that offer interactive stories or language-building activities. 

7 Storytelling Apps

29 Best Speech Therapy Apps

 6 – Toys that Encourage Pretend Play:

Dolls and action figures to encourage storytelling and role-playing.

Playsets with miniature scenes for imaginative play and language development.

Airport Playset

Doll House

KidKraft Wooden Dollhouse

7 – Board Games that Encourage Conversation:

Games that involve discussion and sharing of thoughts, like storytelling games.

Games that prompt questions and encourage expressive language.

Conversation Cards

BestSelf Conversation Cards for Kids

Link Alike Social Skills Game for Kids

Zingo – Bingo game with pictures

Balloon Set

Reusable Stickers

 8 – Musical Instruments:

Instruments that encourage vocalization and rhythm, such as shakers or tambourines.

Musical Instruments Set Natural Wooden

 Karaoke machines for singing along and practicing speech sounds.

Heroange Karaoke Machine

 9 – Language-Enriching DVDs or CDs:

Educational DVDs or CDs that focus on language development.

Music CDs with sing-along songs and repetitive lyrics.

LeapFrog My Own Leaptop

Genius Starter Kit

 10 – Interactive Learning Toys:

Electronic learning toys that reinforce language skills. 

 AILA Sit & Play™

Toys that respond to voice commands or encourage conversation. 

Walkie Talkie Robot

11 – Storytelling Kits:

Kits that include story cards, props, and activities to inspire storytelling.

Story cubes for creating unique and imaginative stories.

Social-Emotional Storytelling Kits

Jumbo Roll-a-Story Cubes

Storyteller Writing Box