Below are the top 5 toys our kiddos LOVE! If you want to add some new toys to your shelves consider these! Our students always work hard for a chance to play with these toys. Remember, we mostly see preschool and elementary age children so the following may not be appropriate for all ages. Even if you are not a “speechie” but just looking for fun toys for the kids, these are great! (We are not getting money for endorsing the toys. We just really like them!) Leave a comment and tell us what toys your students/kids love!
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5. Lucky Ducks – Kids absolutely LOVE this game! But beware. It makes noise. A lot-o-ducks-quacking noise. Our best advice is to buy the new edition that is quieter than the original. It may cost a little more, but trust me your sanity is more valuable. Kids pick a duck out of the pond to see if the color/shape matches their card.
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4. Fisher Price Piggy Bank – Another kiddo fave. The pig counts as you drop the coins in and sings different songs. But don’t worry; you have the option of turning the sound off if your nerves can’t handle it that day (at least until your student figures out how to work the button and then you’re dunzo). It is spectacular for ABA therapy. It is an instant reward that is quick so you can get back to work. We happen to come across this pig at a thrift store for $1.25. Best. Purchase. Ever.
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3. Pop Up Pirate – This is a great game for both preschoolers and older kids (We have 5th graders that love this). Warning: The pirate really does “pop up” (shocking we know!) so don’t let it startle you! (One of the Speech Ladies may or may not have jumped in her chair on occasion when the pirate “popped”.)
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2. Playskool Mailbox – There is so much you can do with this! Mail away artic cards, tokens, or letters. And the kids love to open the mailbox to pull it all out! This is the old school version so we’re sure the new version is even better! There are holes for the kids to drop in the blocks, but we lost those long, long ago.
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1. Chipper Chat – This is another fantastic toy for ABA therapy. There are different cards to choose from and when your student fills theirs up or has completed the number of trials you set, then they can use the magic wand to pick up all the chips! The kids are amazed by the wand every time. Seriously. They will turn it over and over trying to figure out how it works. Too cute!