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. Bonus this year: New, fun things to do while we spend more time at home!
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 +
Suspend Junior Family Game
An exciting balance game that develops hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills.
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.
Puppy Pursuit Game
This game involves adorable stuffed puppies and supports memory, patterning, sequencing, color recognition and matching skills.
Ages 5 +
A non-competitive, cooperative board game that promotes attention to detail, problem-solving and collaboration.
This cooperative matching game engages memory, and encourages social interaction and collaboration – all with no reading required.
Ages 8 +
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. They’re appropriate for a wide age-range, so your child may enjoy them for years.
Ages 3 +
Soft & Safe Children with Different Abilities
We love this set for normalizing different abilities through pretend play.
Ages 4 +
Now, your turn! What are your favorite development-boosting toys and games? Please share in the comments below.