Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What are your favorite, "must have" AVT toys for young children?

I recently responded to this question posed in the Hearing First Professional Learning Community and shared this reply.

I just opened a few of my therapy closets and here is what I saw in no particular order. I prefer traditional toys that are open-ended and use no batteries for young children. Preschool Toys and books for are often an easy find at a resale shop. Over the years many families have given me their must-have AVT toys that their child has outgrown and I passed them on to new Little Listeners.
  • Buckets, cups, spoons for water or digging in styrofoam peanuts, colored rice…
  • Early music instrument set - tambourine, drum…
  • Jumbo cardboard blocks by Melissa and Doug
  • Toys related to songs, nursery rhymes and storybooks
  • Blankets for tents
  • Tunnels or tents
  • Beanie Babies and puppets
  • Balls - all sizes
  • Farm, zoo, pet shop toys 
  • Wind Up toys
  • Simple riding toys
  • Wooden and cloth blocks
  • Play food - play kitchen, store or restaurant
  • Water play toys - from bath toys to  dishes for washing
  • Fisher Price Little People Sets (vintage is best)
  • Wooden beads (animals or vehicle) threading
  • Stacking and Nesting Cup Sets
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Doll House
  • Cars, trucks, buses, boats
  • Basic train set with track
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Play Dough
  • Dress up clothes
  • Tool set
  • Tea set
  • Babydoll/baby blankets, baby food/bottles, and diaper bag contents
  • Books, books, books

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