Board, Card & Activity Games
We love games that kids can play with each other, their families, or their therapists! Below are some of our favorites. They support several areas of development, including social communication, speech, cognitive, gross and fine motor skills. The best part? They strengthen relationships through shared attention and enjoyment.
Ages 18 Months +
Roll and Play Game This toddler card game uses prompts to encourage following directions and creativity. It also incorporates active play that strengthens gross motor skills.
Ages 3 +
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game A board game that teaches colors, matching skills and strategic thinking – all while strengthening hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It This large-format floor game encourages teamwork, attention to detail, object identification and matching skills.
Ages 4 +
Junior Suspend Family Game An exciting balance game that develops hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills.
Silly Street This board game incorporates pretending, moving, singing, and just plain being silly! It supports social skills, communication, creativity, resilience and confidence.
Cat in The Hat I Can Do That! Using activity cards and props, this game involves imaginative and funny activities that support following directions and full-body movement.
Robot Face Race Great for non-readers and players who speak any language, this game develops visual discrimination – a key pre-reading skill.
Doggie Detectives Game This game involves adorable stuffed puppies and supports memory, patterning, sequencing, color recognition and matching skills.
Ages 5 +
Outfoxed! A non-competitive, cooperative board game that promotes attention to detail, problem-solving and collaboration.
Stone Soup This cooperative matching game engages memory, and encourages social interaction and collaboration – all with no reading required.
Ages 8 +
Sleeping Queens This unique and engaging card game strengthens memory, strategy and early arithmetic skills.
Go Nuts for Donuts A fast-paced card game that incorporates visual discrimination and strategic thinking.
Pretend Play Games
We can’t say enough about pretend play. It’s one of the most important ways that children learn, across all areas of development. Below are some of our recommendations (all from the Melissa & Doug toy line). They’re appropriate for a wide age-range, so your child may enjoy them for years.
Ages 3 +
Ages 4 +
Now, your turn! What are your favorite development-boosting toys and games? Please share in the comments below.