Toys for Kids
Jessica Glenbocki

Best Toys for Kids

Toys for Kids
Jessica Glenbocki

Best Toys for Kids

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Picking the best toys for kids can be overwhelming, with so many choices out there.  As an occupational therapist specializing in early childhood development, I have a different perspective on the value of toys and their ability to help children grow.  I would like to share my top toy picks that are fun, educational, and will help improve your child’s fine and gross motor skills and speech-language abilities.


Three Tips for Choosing Toys for Kids

  1. Buy toys that need to be manipulated in some way
  2. Buy toys that do more than one thing
  3. Buy toys that have a learning aspect to them


My Favorite Toys for Kids


  • Ipad / tablet (educational games and apps)
  • Hooked on Handwriting
  • Fisher Price Computer Cool School
  • Phonics Word Master-Hooked on Phonics
  • Ultimotion Sports
  • Fisher Price Digital Arts & Crafts Studio
  • V-Tech Learning Laptop
  • Nitro Notebook
  • Boogie Board Writing Tablet
  • Touch Table Advanced
  • Spiderman Computer



  • Cootie
  • Don’t Break the Ice
  • Mickey Mouse, etc. with 8 games
  • Toss Across
  • Bulls Eye Ball
  • Battleship
  • Creatures and Features
  • Connect Four, Connect O Round
  • Blokus
  • Boggle
  • Uno
  • Scrabble Jr.
  • Mastermind
  • Hungry, Hungry Hippos
  • Elefun
  • Hi-Ho Cherry-O
  • Cariboo-Treasure Hunt Game
  • Flippin’ Frogs Game
  • I Spy Games
  • Operation
  • Hangman
  • Jenga
  • Scramble
  • Perfection
  • Trouble



  • Knex
  • Stringing beads
  • Imaginarium Arts/Crafts
  • Erector Sets
  • Puzzles/ Floor Puzzles
  • Aquadoodle
  • Lego Sets
  • Shape by Shape
  • Brick by Brick
  • Barrell of Monkeys
  • Tinertoys
  • Play-doh Sets / Tools
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Mega Block Sets
  • Magnetix
  • Doodle Pro
  • Model Magic Fusion
  • Glitter Lava
  • Crayola Sets
  • Perler Beads
  • Crafts Sets
  • Mold n’ Play Soap Kit
  • Melissa & Doug Mazes
  • Moon Sand
  • Doodle Bears
  • Magnadoodle
  • Pix O’s


All these toys follow the three tips and will keep your child engaged for hours! Two great websites to check for toys that are sometimes not found in stores are:

  1. Beyond Play
  2. Play With a Purpose


Happy gift-giving!

About the Author

I am an occupational therapist with 12 years of experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After working in the field for a number of years, I obtained my certification in sensory integration. I currently work with school-based children in a virtual setting, focusing on fine motor, visual motor, self-help and sensory processing skills. I am also pursuing my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy through Shawnee State University’s on-line program. My pediatric experience includes working with children of all ages in various settings such as hospital based out-patient clinic, private out-patient clinic, early intervention, and school-based; brick and mortar and virtual schools. It is my hope to help educate and provide you with the tools to allow your child to reach their greatest potential. Treatment approaches focus on play and client/child centered interventions. My passion is helping children and families live their lives to the fullest!

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