The best toys to buy for children



This post is for you………



If you need to buy a gift for your little one….or someone else’s little one…..I would be happy to help you decide what to get.  No matter the age or the child’s capabilities (presents with some challenges or is developing typically)…let the speech mama make your decision a little easier.   If you are looking for more of an educational toy or activity….just tell me the child’s age, boy or girl….and if he or she has any special interests.  If you are not looking for an educational toy…I still can make a suggestion.  There are many toys out there that have many benefits to speech and language development……and to a child’s overall development-fine motor, gross motor, cognition, play skills and adaptive skills.  Many toys do not appear to be educational in nature, however, can be played to enrich overall development.


 If you would like…the toy suggestion will also include enriching activities to enhance the game.  Not only will I provide the toy suggestion….I also can include extension activities/enrichment activities along with the toy suggestion.  What does this mean?….simple strategies and extension activities that can be incorporated while playing the game.  Not to worry…they are simple suggestions that can be utilized by all.


If you already have purchased a game, book, or toy…just let me know…and I would also be happy to provide enriching activities for your gift.  I can include specific strategies, extension/enrichment activities and variations to the game, book or toy.

And remember to have fun with your little one or big one!


About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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2 Responses to The best toys to buy for children

  1. Stephanie says:

    Hi Kim,
    I just found your website and am enjoying it. I have a 2 & 1/2 son who is a “late talker”. His comprehension is great- he had constant ear infections his 1st year which is what I believe set him back. He is just now putting 2 to 3 words together and is working on improving pronunciation. I would love to hear what kind of toy you would recommend. He is interested in “how things work”. He loves putting things together and taking them apart. Thank you so much for your time!


    • Kim says:

      hi stephanie…thank you so much for enjoying my site….if you let me know the sounds your son is having difficulty with…I will be happy to provide you with more support….below I have a bunch of suggestions regarding toys you can buy…I hope you find this helpful:

      I love the Lego toys…for your son’s age…they definetly have a few that would need minimal assistance…however are great for problem solving….and you can work on many speech and language concepts using the Lego toys….I also have a peg board that I use with the little ones…and they love it….it is a foam board that comes with various pegs…and the kids put the pegs in the board…can build a tower.
      Mr. Potato head is also excellent…
      The big Lego blocks…. and foam blocks for building…great for imaginative play…
      I think best of all…the pop-blocks…that your son can snap together and take apart….Alex Jr. Pop block beads set…
      I will actually write a post about these blocks…let me know if you need any further information.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

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