Top 10 Toys for EI & Preschool

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Although it has been a couple years since I
have worked in an EI/Preschool setting, many people have been questioning and
requesting ideas for this age group.  I
felt the following toys were a great asset to my speech toy collection.  Every now and then, I take out one of these
toys to use with younger elementary students.
I hope it helps!


1.  Adapted Penguin Race

Great
for:

 

·
Visual
tracking

 

·
Concepts
up and down

 

·
Concepts
top and bottom

 

·
Joint
attention

 



2.  No-Spill Bubble Tumbler Minis

 

Can get a group
set, stores bubbles and NO SPILL!  Easy clean up!

 

Great for:

 

·
Oral
motor activities

 

·
/p/
popping sounds

 

·
Requesting
more
3.  Sound Shape Sorter

 

Sort and be
reinforced with sound!

 

Great for:

 

·
Concepts
in, out, up, down

 

·
Requesting
more

 

·
Requesting
“give me”

 

·
Basic
turn taking

 

·
Cause/Effect

 

4.    Piggy Bank

 

Great for:

 

·
Fine
motor skills

 

·
Turn
taking

 

·
“Give
me”

 

·
Eliciting
/p/, /b/, /m/, or /k/.

 

 

5.  Fisher-Price Roll-a-Rounds: Swirlin'
Surprise Gumball Machine

 

***ALL TIME
FAVORITE!!!***

 

Great for:

 

·
Concepts
in, out, up, down

 

·
Turn
taking

 

·
Cause/effect

 

·
Identifying
objects and labeling

 

·
Eliciting
sounds /b/ and /m/

 

·
Basic
requesting: “give me” “more”

 

·
Ready,
set, go!

 

·
Joint
attention

 

 

6.    Farm Sound Blocks

 

Great for:
·
Cause
effect
·
Concepts:
in, out, on, off
·
Basic
requesting: “give me” “more”
·
Turn
taking
·
Joint
attention
·
Animal
vocabulary: lamb, horse, dog, pig, cow and rooster.
·
Hide
and seek

 

 

7.   Shake & Stack
Vehicles – Stacking Fire truck Animals

 

Great
for:

 

·
Cause/effect

 

·
Concepts
“on” “off” “go” “stop”

 

·
Vehicles
vocabulary

 

·
Joint
attention

 

·
Turn
taking

 

·
Basic requesting
“give me” “my turn” “more”

 

 

8.    Stack and nest

 

Great
for:

 

·
Concepts:
up, down, top, bottom, on, off

 

·
Basic
requesting

 

·
Turn
taking

 

·
Joint
attention

 

·
Early
problem solving

 

9.    My first peg board

 

Easier
than a regular peg board for grip.

 

Great
for:

 

·
Concepts:
in, on, next, up, down, off

 

·
Basic
requesting

 

·
Turn
taking

 

·
Problem
solving

 

·
Fine
motor skills

 

·
Learning
colors and counting

 

10.  Can’t afford these toys?  Create a simple sensory bin!  Go to the dollar store and get a bin then
just get something for inside!  Get some:
rice or beans from the grocery store, sand from the beach, or pour water!  Then all you need is some plastic cups,
spoons, maybe a shovel, and some mini animals and creatures from the dollar
store to hide and play with.

 

Great
for:

 

·
Hide
and seek

 

·
Joint
attention

 

·
Verbs/actions/basic
directives: mix, pour, fill, hide, find, see, etc.

 

·
Concepts:
in, out, under, over, top, bottom, on, off, full, empty, wet, dry

 

·
Fine
motor skills

 

·
Pretend
play skills

Since I have not used one in a while, I had to find an example:

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