This list is full of the best toys to keep kids active, moving and burning off all that extra energy. Because every home needs a supply of toys that will keep busy indoors and outside.
Toys to Keep Kids Active
Over the years I have created specific selection criteria to decide whether or not a toy is worth bringing into my house.
Here are a few key features I look for when selecting toys:
- Encourage outdoor play?
- Require movement?
- Develop coordination?
- Offer sensory input?
- Inspire creativity and imagination?
You will notice that many toys on this list check all of those boxes.
Not only are the toys listed below super fun, but they also help develop fine and gross motor skills.
Fine motor skills are small movements — such as picking up small objects and writing with a pencil — that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, and face.
Gross motor skills are the bigger movements — such as jumping and balancing — that use the large muscles in the arms, legs, torso, and feet.
As a teacher, I see more and more kids struggling with these issues skills.
And without them kiddos have trouble writing, skipping, tying their shoes, and coordination.
When children struggle with these basic skills they become easily frustrated.
This can easily lead to tantrums, anxiety and anger.
However, when they are able to master these skills it also helps them to become more confident and tolerate frustration more easily.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true: Toys that encourage physical movement and play can help improve behavior.
Also, kids who are active and are able to “get their energy out” tend to be more relaxed.
This gift guide is perfect for children with lots of energy, ADHD or sensory processing disorders.
At the same time they are also perfect for any child who just wants to have fun.
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