At NACD, we work with children that have every imaginable developmental issue in addition to typical and gifted children. In the process we have explored, researched and utilized many thousands of toys and products that we have found to be fun, educational, engaging and helpful. At the request of families from throughout the world, we have put together a list of items that would make great gifts. Each item has been researched and reviewed by our professional staff. All items on the list below can be found either at our NACD Store or on Amazon.
Developing large/gross motor skills (walking, running, jumping, sports) and small/fine motor skills (self-feeding, dressing, writing, drawing, playing an instrument), is important for a child’s overall development and wellbeing. Most everything we do is in some way dependent on our gross and fine motor skills. Developing early motor skills opens the door for almost everything we would want our children to do. Whether our child is a baby, a preschooler, of school age or older, motor development is tremendously important. We can help our children with the development of their motor skills by providing them with appropriate toys, games, activities, equipment and opportunities and make it fun.
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16 Great Motor Development Gift Ideas for Holidays, Birthdays & Special Occasions
3 Wheel Recumbent Bikes
These bikes come in various size ranges. Match your child’s height to the right bike. Bikes are adjustable so you can accurately adjust the bike to properly fit your child or adult. These bikes are low to the ground, safe and provide many benefits including: improve strength and endurance, develop good leg muscle balance and development, help correct leg muscle imbalance issues, provide a fun activity that helps keep children engaged and present. —Bob
Weehoo Kids Turbo Bicycle Trailer
This is great for our kids that need the pedal motion of a recumbent but can’t ride a bike independently. It hooks on to an adult bike. One of our clients uses it and loves it! —Sara
COMINGFIT Indoor/Outdoor Rope Climbing Ladder for Kids
Climbing is a great exercise for children, building strength, developing good muscle balance, proprioception, vestibular function/balance, FUN and more. One of my preferred sport activities for children is indoor climbing wall. The rope ladder can build a good foundation for climbing walls.—Bob
Climbing Cargo Rope Net Ladder for Kids – Outdoor and Indoor
Climbing is a great exercise for children, building strength, developing good muscle balance, proprioception, vestibular function/balance, FUN and more. The cargo net and build a good foundation for climbing walls.—Bob
Basketball is such a great sport to build endurance, strength and coordination. If you are playing indoors in a gym, I suggest the Wilson evolution. It’s soft, durable and high quality. —Laird
Wilson Evolution Indoor Game Basketball
Spalding NBA Neverflat Indoor/Outdoor Basketball
For playing outdoors, I suggest the neverflat because it holds air a lot longer, so you don’t have to be constantly pumping it up. —Laird
Indoor Basketball Hoop and Backboard
This is perfect for those long winter days when we want the kids active and improving their coordination skills. —Ellen
Play Tunnel, Tent and Ball Pit
This setup encourages creeping and exploring but also includes a little hoop for ball throwing/aiming. The good news is that it folds up for storage.
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Music Table
Boy did my kids get a lot of use out of this table! Before your baby is walking, he/she can play with the cause and effect toys on the board without the legs. Once your baby is pulling to a stand he/she can stand and continue to enjoy all the play on the board. This helps to strengthen their legs and ability to stand with minimal assistance. —Sara
Fisher-Price Bright Spin & Crawl Tumble Franky Beats Ball
This is a great toy to have your beginning crawler or creeper move toward. It has fun sounds and music and cause and effect buttons as your baby creeps to get to it.
Perfect Pull-Up Bar
Used for, hang from bar. Encourages upper body strength specifically in the hands and arms. For children that are too heavy to hold on a dowel, a perfect pull up bar is great. It will affix to any normal sized doorway. Check the specifications to ensure you get one that will work for your door frame. —Staci
Confidence Fitness Vibration Platform
This has seen to be helpful in helping to develop tone, motor development and balance through vibrating deep tactile input. Several of our families have reported good results when using these and the results are definitely getting NACD Evaluators attention. —Lyn