It’s officially spring! And it actually feels like it in Ohio today! I’ve been sharing seasonal toys for you this year and it’s time for spring toys. My fall and winter recommended toys/games posts were a big hit so I wanted to make share I showed you what I’m pulling out of the therapy closet for this spring. You know I’m a therapy toy junkie. I’ve included Amazon affiliate links to make shopping easier!
Bunnies, Gardens, and Picnics, OH MY! I can’t wait to start playing with these goodies! Amazon and other links are included for your convenience!
I used an Etsy gift card to snag a bunch of felt toys last summer. This felt garden was one of the ones I picked up! I love it! The kids can plant seeds in the garden and then pick their vegetables! There were also great felt version at Target dollar spot this season!
It’s perfect to pair with the book Tops and Bottoms and talk about food that grows above and under the ground.
The Build-a-Bouquet Floral Arrangement Play Set is so unique and fun! It’s a perfect way to work on following 2-step directions, targeting what is NOT, spatial concepts, and imaginative play!
TOMY hide and squeak eggs! These are super cute for your little ones. I put them in my niece’s Easter basket this year.
Grab some grass (baby bottle strainer) and make your own garden! I pair it with these articulation garden plants and vegetables.
The Melissa & Doug Insects Wooden Chunky Puzzle is one of my favorites. I actually keep it in my cart for assessment team. It’s perfect for multi-syllable words!
The Jumping Jack Game is basically Pop-Up Pirate for Spring. Amazing right? You add carrots into the bunny hill and one of them will make the bunny pop up in the air (scaring the heck out of you, and making your students laugh endlessly.)
Funny Bunny is another highly recommended Spring game. You move your bunnies up the hill and try not to fall in a hole. The kids used to BEG me for this one.
The Fisher Price Little People Easter Egg Hunt Fence, Swing & People is super cute. Little People toys are a staple in my play therapy because they are small enough to transport between classrooms but still encourage imaginative play.
The Noodleboro Picnic Basket Manners Game is really cute. I always call it the Noodles Picnic game because a sweet former client had it at home and that’s what he called it when he requested it One of my previous SLP supervisors gave me this game and I love using it! It’s really simple but great for early vocabulary and game play.
The Hoppity Hop Peekaboo! book is a staple in my cart. The lift-the-flap book paired with real pictures of babies is some sort of magic for my guys with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highly recommend this one.
Duck and Goose books are another one of my favorites. Easy to adapt for a variety of kids.
Ok, I know I don’t NEED more spring toys but I’m always on the hunt for stuff I WANT. So leave a comment and tell me what you’ve got in the cabinet for spring!
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Felice Clark says
I love the picnic game and my favorite activity that I did last year was taking my little ones on a nature walk with DIY binoculars. I got lots of language out of my kiddos and we got to see the sunshine!
I love to have plastic Easter eggs on hand. We can hide small items in them, work on colors, follow directions (about where to put them, etc), target spatial concepts, describe them (I have some with polka-dots, stripes, flowers, etc). I will also put little slips of paper (with a number written on it) in them and hide them around my room. Once the student finds them, they have to see what number they found. Then they have to say that many articulation targets – makes those generic artic decks a little more fun!
heidi britz says
I LOVE Jumping Jack- you can use it with categories, parts of speech, directions, prepositions, fine motor skills, etc.. super fun and yes, my kids think it’s hilarious too when the rabbit pops and I jump (every time)!!
Rebecca Ito says
I just discovered the Ladybug game – easy enough for the littlest little, but still fun for 2nd and 3rd graders! Adaptable to just about any target.
That Build-a-Garden toy is adorable! I will have to look for that. I have a Barbie set where you “grow” the veggies in a garden patch with Play Doh and then “sell” them at a farm stand.
I also found a game years ago at Toys R’ Us called Oopsie Daisy that the kids love (and I like because set-up is easy for repeat play). It’s a big plastic daisy bloom on a spring with a big bowl that looks like leaf at the bottom. The kids drop “raindrops” (clear marbles) onto the daisy until it topples.
They have some really adorable plastic eggs at the Dollar Tree this year (like zoo animals, sports balls, dinos, etc.) that I’ve been thinking about how to use as well.
Thanks for the spring inspiration!