This list is full of the best toys to keep kids active, moving and burning off all that extra energy. Every home needs a supply of toys that will help kids get their wiggles out inside and outside.
Toys to Keep Kids Active
Over the years I have created selection criteria to help me decide if 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
Many toys on this list help to 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 students struggling with these issues. Without these skills kiddos have trouble writing, skipping, tying their shoes, and playing.
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 to master these skills it also helps them to become more confident and tolerate frustration more easily.
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 disorder
At the same time they also work great just to keep kids busy so you can take a shower too 😉
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