Are you looking for a great gift for your child?  I’ve compiled a list of educational/therapeutic games, toys, and activities for preschoolers to big kids that I think make wonderful presents. Many games work on more than one skill set, and therefore, may be listed under more than one heading.  

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Fine Motor Skills

Legos Marble Run Rainbow Loom Jenja
Operation Lite Brite Hungry Monkey Cubebot
Chinese Checkers Pentage Mancala Connect Four
Toot & Otto Brick by Brick Plus-Plus Suspend
Magna Tiles Mastermind Amaze Blokus
Pegboards Stack Up! Straws & Connectors Areaware Balancing Blocks


Gross Motor Skills/Eye-Hand Coordination

Twister Ring Toss Loopz Ziggle
Pogo Sticks Rebounders Zoom Ball Toss Across
Bop-It Kendama Knobby Balls Kendama
Hop, Skip & a Jump Playmat


Executive Function Skills

Memory Games Loopz Simon Distraction
Bop It! Stare! Trunks Time Timer Watch
Jellyfish Chairs Quarto Quaridor Mastermind
Rush Hour


Visual Perceptual Skills

Chinese Checkers Set Swish Mighty Mind
Blink Dominoes Spot It Tetris Link
Connect Four “I Spy” Books Pentago Rush Hour
Qwirkle Blokus Tangoes Amaze
Rubiks Race Tetris Link Crosswise Squint
Jigsaw Puzzles


Word Games (Adaptable for Handwriting/Language Skills)

Word Snag Boggle/Boggle Jr. Bananagrams Heximania
Very Silly Sentences Story/ActionCubes Slam Scattergories Categories
Farkle Word Spin Hedbanz Mad Libs
Quiddler Zingo Scrabble Xoom Cubes
Path Words



Right Left Center Twister


Money Skills

The Allowance Game Monopoly Payday Careers
The Farming Game Wise Money Thrive Time Life
Loose Change Exact Change Money Bags Day Trader


Time Telling

Telling Time Bingo Game Perfect Timing Slam Dunk Eeboo Time Telling Game


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