Something to hang on to: Helping you out by researching gift ideas for toys, games, Apps and books

number one girl choosing toys

A dear friend has recruited me to join her with helping parents by sharing educational gift ideas.

The 5 ideas you’ll appreciate are all personalized for a special reason.

A) Let’s begin with a suggestion from a blogger whose opinion about parenting topics I really value (A Fine Parent blogs are extraordinary!).
Sumitha’s guest blogger shares her comprehensive reference of 60 educational games. What makes this list special is that it is sorted at two levels:

  1. By age groups including preschool and elementary school age and even older kids.
  2. By skills they help build – You’ll find toys and games for phonics, language arts and many more subjects.

Click for helpful learning games reference here.

number 2 appsB) Now for the closest research-based App recommendations you’ll find. (These are my trusted go to App source).
The Apps reviewed are part of an ongoing research project for my own University. (What a collaboration between professors and the tech-savvy grad students.).
Their project includes a description of many popular speech-language Apps, along with a review and even video demonstrations.

Click for University project App recommendations here.

number 3 toy tipsC) Head over to Marianne Szymanski’s Toy Tips and fall in love with toys.
You can search for toy suggestions based on your child’s age, skill level, category, price and more.
If you’re still stuck for a toy idea, send Marianne an email.
Marianne has been the “toy lady” whose suggestions I’ve relied on for years. She’s often in the News and was even on Oprah years ago.
We’ve even chatted on the phone about what ever happened to some of our personal favorite, classic toys. (Pretty cool huh!?)

Click for the Toy Tips link here.

number 4 booksD) You can’t miss this list of fantastic books.
This list comes from Dr. Shari Robertson (Shari has held multiple big roles with ASHA – The American Hearing and Speech Association).
The book list link is here:

Shari’s as talented as an SLP as a literacy specialist. (Not to mention generous to a fault!)

As a GIFT for you and your child, Shari even shares a free EBook on 6 Strategies to build better readers.
The link for this gift is here.

Santa s List Blog LinkyE) For cool, educational gift ideas put together by creative SLP bloggers, head to Sweet Southern Speech by clicking here: 

Reply if I can help with other educational gift idea questions.