I have another article up on the Yellin Center Blog. With Christmas just around the corner, my most current piece discusses some of the excellent play-based learning toys created by two of my hands-down favorite ethical toy companies, Melissa and Doug and Plan Toys. My focus is primarily on tools designed for a special education setting. However, the versatility of both toy maker’s developmental learning materials means they will benefit every child, regardless of ability. Every child needs an interactive way to build key developmental skills. So head over to my article for a discussion of the research that backs each toy’s development, and highlights of some of my personal favorite toys offered by each company. Whether you are looking to improve a child’s gross motor function, speech and language skills, life skills or cognitive abilities there are a wealth of fun, engaging tools to help you do so. Learning can and should be playful.
So whether you are shopping for a gift for your child’s teacher or your own child, you can’t go wrong with any of the exceptional resources created by either Melissa and Doug or Plan Toys. Happy shopping!