Physical Therapist

Holiday Gifts to Encourage Play and Movement 

Happy Holidays!  For those who celebrate, buying Christmas presents for our kids can be challenging, especially choosing age-appropriate toys.  I encourage you to think outside the box and get your children toys that will promote a healthy and active lifestyle.  

Great Places to Look for Gift Ideas: 

  • Fat Brain Toys:This will bring you to a site with a variety of gross motor toys.There is also a menu to the left-hand side of the page where you can search for toys by age.Please be mindful to read the directions before using the toy/game, and only use the toy/game for its intended purpose to avoid any injuries.
  • Melissa and Doug:Many of these toys can also be found on Amazon.
  • Five Below:They often have a variety of fitness-related equipment, as well as toys for all ages.

My Favorites

  • Squigz: Great for fine and gross motor, these little suction cups come in a bunch of colors and shapes
    • Stick them to the floor and have your child push a car through them, or run through them like an obstacle course
    • Stick them to a vertical surface (like a wall or the refrigerator) and have your child remove them as fast as they can
    • Remove them from a surface and have a race to return them to their container (Ideas from Inspired Treehouse)


  • Cardboard Blocks:Activity ideas include building a fort, making an obstacle course, stacking them as high as you can.
  • Ball:The number of games you can play are endless!
  • Fitivities Kids and Family Fitness / Exercise Game: This is an exercise based board game that makes exercise fun!
  • Sturdy Birdy:This game challenges the players to perform a variety of yoga type poses while balancing a bean bag on various parts of the body.
  • An easel: Working on a vertical surface to color, paint, or draw is a great way to strengthen the muscles of the core and upper extremities.

Happy Holidays!

~ Jamie Fugowski, DPT

Disclaimer:  If you purchase any of the toys mentioned it is at your own discretion.  I do not assume liability or responsibility for your satisfaction with the product or damages or injuries that result from the use of the product.


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