Roll the Ball Learning Game Ideas for Young Children
The best toys for kids with special needs don’t have to cost a small fortune or come from adaptive catalogs, as these parents know. They’ve shared the reasonably priced, get-’em-anywhere toys their kids have most loved this past roll the Ball Learning Game Ideas for Young Children—ones that encourage speech, fine-motor and gross-motor skills, communication, cognition, imagination and social skills.
Down syndrome, ADD, developmental delays and other special needs. Most of all, I hope your kids enjoy them. Because, after all, fun should come first when it comes to toys. He actually has a desire to make utterances and sing songs—it’s a great motivational toy,” says Melissa, whose five-year-old, Quentin, has autism. Our speech therapist recommended it, because anything to get him talking is helpful. We also use it to take turns singing songs. It’s pretty much a junky piece of plastic, so I was shocked it actually works to amplify his voice!
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My son Philip is 8 years old, and has autism. He loves this game and I do, too, because it encourages communication and critical thinking. Each player has a headband containing a picture card and has to figure out what the picture is by asking questions of other players. This vibrating thingie is genius because it’s oral-motor therapy disguised as a toy! Ruth, mom to Grant, 9, who has cerebral palsy. We’ve had various ones over the years, including the elephant and the gator.
Even though he has sensitivity, he likes the feel of it against his cheek and actually holds it there. Our speech therapist is always telling us we need to work on loosening up Grant’s mouth more so the words he tries to speak will be clearer, and I think this really helps. After watching the Thomas shows, Graham modeled language, pretend play and appropriate social play between the trains,” says Jessica, whose son has Aspergers. I don’t like the show and I was just indulging him but I quickly realized how useful it is once he had a vocabulary to work with. One of the best toys for encouraging speech therapy at our house is a monkey that sings ‘If you’re happy and you know it’ and claps,” says Katie, mom to Charlie, 5, who has cerebral palsy. We’ll have Charlie ask us to make him play again.
He can’t actually say any words yet, but it’s good practice vocalizing and expressing his needs. My youngest needs speech therapy now, and we’re using it the exact same way with him. My daughter’s speech is difficult to understand at times. This game, where you have to match pieces to a board, helps her use her bilabial sounds—consonants you articulate with your lips like ‘m’ and ‘p,'” says Sarah, Mom to Zoe, 4, who has muscular dystrophy. She always wants to play with it. By the time my daughter was ready for a ride-on toy, which her therapists recommended, she was too tall for many of them,” says Sandra, mom to Adeline, 3, who has Down syndrome. We found the Inchworm and it was perfect!
You should see him smile when he’s using this! Elisha of son Gabriel, 3, who has PDD-NOS. It is fun to hop, jump and bounce on! I make her use her feet to direct where she wanted to go, and it’s helped strengthen her legs,” says Kerri, mom to Boo, 3, who has global developmental delays. This encouraged my son to creep towards it! Jodie, mom to Ian, 2 who has agenesis of the corpus callosum. He loves the bright color of the car, the movement, and the music that plays as it rolls.
He crawls toward it with a big smile on his face. He is constantly bending down to pick up cards to race down the ramp, which has helped strengthen his hips,” says Juli, mom to Ethan, 3, who has a genetic syndrome that’s caused gross developmental delay. Joey, 2, who has Down syndrome. It’s helped Joey learn to release objects. I love watching Joey try to put in the dog’s toys, which don’t fit—a wonderful lesson in cause and effect! Bronwyn, mom to Cooper, 7, who has cerebral palsy. The pieces allow Cooper to be creative and use his imagination—there is no right or wrong way to use them.
They are a great way to discuss math concepts, too! He spends a lot of time using them. I bought two sets of this! Cate, mom to Abby, a 5-year-old with Down syndrome.
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We do a lot of making cones and stacking, and the pieces are also good for matching, counting, sequencing and patterns, and teaching her to ask for what she wants. It came on vacation with us! Parum Pum Pum Drum by B. This was recommended to me by Matthew’s occupational and speech therapists, because they’ve learned that music is a powerful motivator for him,” says Brandi, whose two-year-old has cerebral palsy and visual and hearing impairment. I was complaining to a pediatric orthotic doc about too-small remote levers, and that’s how I found this,” says Julie, whose 10-year-old has cerebral palsy. Kyle can actually work the remotes as they are big enough. They encourage grasping and moving his fingers because he is so addicted to this toy!
This toy helped my son in several ways,” says a mom to a three-year-old who has Miller Dieker syndrome. First it helped him to open his hands to push down the pop-ups. It helped him with finger isolation when putting down and opening them. My son’s developmental therapist recommended this toy, which you use to pick things up, to help improve hand-eye coordination,” says Jim, dad to Tyler, 7, who has autism. It’s been fun for Tyler—he will happily use it in therapy with no whining! It is really great for fine-motor skills, as she manipulates little beads, pens and shuts the doors, and moves the animals along the track,” says Julie, mom to Abby, 2, who has cerebro-costo-mandibular syndrome.
Our occupational therapist recommended this,” says Penni, mom to Garratt, 6, who has Down syndrome and autism. It doesn’t require batteries—just fine-motor skills,” says Faye, mom to Jon Paul, who is four and is blind with Aspergers syndrome. This doll has improved Sarah’s ability to manipulate small objects, while teaching her life skills,” says Ben, dad to Sarah, 5, who has fine-motor challenges. She loves it so much, she sleeps with it. Richard Scarry Busytown Eye Found It! This is great for fine-motor skills,” says Emily, mom to Everett, 6, who has epilepsy and right-side hemiplegia. It’s good for visual scan, focus, and taking turns, too.
He will get this out and play on his own! Using this toy has helped improve her fine-motor skills,” says Sue of daughter Sara, 8, who has Down syndrome. Sara is engaged by the bright colors. She wants this toy at playtime every day!
My son is working on the fine-motor skill of grabbing, and using this toy was the first time he was able to reach and accurately grab an object—he put the coin in the slot and released it,” says Rose, mom to James, 22 months, who has cerebral palsy and vision issues. The pirate pops up and it’s like Jack in the Box. It’s a huge hit with all kids. My son has ADHD and he can read but really dislikes it,” says Jenn, mom to Logan, 8. This puzzle makes it fun by capitalizing on spotting skills, like finding hidden pictures, and using that to motivate him to find words and understand their meaning. This has encouraged my daughter to read words out loud, copying ones she hears,” says Kris, mom to Flannery, 3, who has speech delay. It encourages her to read with games.
She doesn’t answer when called when she’s using it, or comes running to tell us what she did! He loves music and is non-verbal, so I know he’s learning while listening,” says Joann, mom to Nicholas, 10, who has tubular sclerosis and delays. The music is great and covers learning basics. He jumps up and down and laughs.
Reid, who’s six with apraxia and ADD, loves anything movement based so this gives him tons of different ways to move his body, have fun and learn! Orisme, 5, has autism and is non-verbal. This has helped him with learning his alphabet and numbers, and verbalizing,” says mom Christine. He can sit and play with it for a long time without making his non-contextual verbalizations. This has been a great toy for my son,” says Brooke, mom to a kindergartner with autism, “and I’ve heard from other parents that they loved this for their autistic or sensory-challenged kiddos, too! My son asks friends to play with him using this toy, and has to show the other child how it works,” says Irene, mom to John, 9, who has autism.
He also needs constant auditory input, this is one way to get input in a functional way. Since he is echolalic, he learns phrases from the songs used in speech therapy. This game has helped with turn-taking and waiting,” says Lisa, whose son Norrin, 6, has autism. He gets so excited when it’s his turn, and watches when it’s mine.
We talk and he makes eye contact, not something that happens often. It’s good for concentration, too—he needs to focus on trying to ‘break the ice’ instead of randomly smashing pieces. My son enjoys building with his dad so during free time at school, he tends to go toward the Legos and build socially,” says Mary, mom to Logan, 5, who has ASD. It really helps him with teamwork.
This game encourages my daughter to use her current social skills while developing new ones,” says Hannah, mom to Kendell, 10, who has autism. The colorful pieces and family photos engage her. She will pick the game off the shelf and say ‘I want to play,’ a big step for her. My daughter’s school occupational therapist suggested gymnastics for movement needs and spatial awareness.
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Since they use trampolines, I decided to invest in a mini one for our home,” says Jennifer, mom to Emma, 8, who has Aspergers. Note: Always supervise a kid on a trampoline, and check with your therapist or doctor before letting your child use one. Willie, who’s 4 with autism, is able to use his energy in a safe and effective way on this,” says his mom, Sherri. It is in our family room, and he uses it multiple times throughout the day. He has learned to not be afraid when his feet are not on the ground!
It has also helped with his balance and coordination. This is a great item for a sensory seeker! Our occupational therapist thought this would be a great way for my son to ‘get what he needs’ in a different way than riding a bike or scooter, and it can be used inside,” says Ilyssa, mom to Reid, 6, who has apraxia and PDD. Jaxon is turning one just before Christmas so its good to get an idea on some suitable toys for him. My daughter got Bits ‘n’ Bobs for her birthday. It is a great building toy. It has nice big chunky pieces that are nuts and bolts and it has a screw driver also.
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It is great for her fine and gross motor skills. I remember so many of these from back in the day at our house! I know that Discovery Toys also has had a special needs portion of their catalog for a long time, as well. I will be sharing this far and wide. Just FYI my son is Quentin and not “Quinn”! The only other Q name, huh? Apologies, fixed that the other day!
Can you recommend toys or a game for strengthening the wrists for my 11 month old? I’m reluctant to just play a game of he and I both pulling against any old toy, as he’s also just learning to put things in my hand and let go. Ah, I’m sorry, not able to recommend that based on personal experience as wrist-strengthing was never one of our OT goals, although working on grasping was. We did use stuff with lots of textures that were pliable, which made it easier for him to work on grasping—koosh balls in particular. You should definitely discuss with the OT. Toys R Us puts out a GREAT guide for differently abled children. My son is hearing impaired and every year Santa brings him all of the age-appropriate speech and language toys in the catalog.
Oh, yes, that’s a great catalog! This will guide me to choose what is good for my kids. Thomas and friends have always been a family favourite for us. It really a nice collection of toys for kids.
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A few days i wanted to get a gift for my brother as he is interested in cars or planes so here see best toys for him. Hope you and he also like it! I have four grandchildren and teach young children with special needs. I love these ideas for toys and what they can help my students with. I think I might purchase a few toys for my son Noah as I think they will do wonders for his development. Just one question what about toys that help a child’s physical development? I mean toys that help a child’s gross motor skills to develop.
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The game has many individual techniques for displaying skill—ball-handling, shooting, passing, dribbling, dunking, shot-blocking, and rebounding. Basketball is one of the world’s most popular and widely viewed sports. The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships. This section needs additional citations for verification. In early December 1891, Canadian Dr.
Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball. These round balls from “association football” were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball’s cover had been flipped outside-in. The peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were finally replaced by metal hoops with backboards. A further change was soon made, so the ball merely passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got the most points won the game.
Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original first game, approached Naismith after the Christmas break, in early 1892, asking him what he intended to call his new game. Naismith replied that he hadn’t thought of it because he had been focused on just getting the game started. Mahan suggested that it be called “Naismith ball”, at which he laughed, saying that a name like that would kill any game. Mahan then said, “Why not call it basketball? When winter weather got too icy to play football, teams were taken indoors, and it was convenient to have them split in half and play basketball with five on each side. 1898 teams of five became standard. The 1899 University of Kansas basketball team, with James Naismith at the back, right.
Basketball’s early adherents were dispatched to YMCAs throughout the United States, and it quickly spread through the United States and Canada. By 1895, it was well established at several women’s high schools. While the YMCA was responsible for initially developing and spreading the game, within a decade it discouraged the new sport, as rough play and rowdy crowds began to detract from the YMCA’s primary mission. James Naismith was instrumental in establishing college basketball.
Beamis fielded the first college basketball team just a year after the Springfield YMCA game at the suburban Pittsburgh Geneva College. Before widespread school district consolidation, most American high schools were far smaller than their present-day counterparts. During the first decades of the 20th century, basketball quickly became the ideal interscholastic sport due to its modest equipment and personnel requirements. Today virtually every high school in the United States fields a basketball team in varsity competition. There is currently no tournament to determine a national high school champion.
The most serious effort was the National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament at the University of Chicago from 1917 to 1930. The event was organized by Amos Alonzo Stagg and sent invitations to state champion teams. The tournament started out as a mostly Midwest affair but grew. The National Catholic Interscholastic Basketball Tournament ran from 1924 to 1941 at Loyola University. Ad from The Liberator magazine promoting an exhibition in Harlem, March 1922.
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There were hundreds of men’s professional basketball teams in towns and cities all over the United States, and little organization of the professional game. Players jumped from team to team and teams played in armories and smoky dance halls. The first game was played in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers on November 1, 1946. 18 season, the G League has 26 teams.
1932 by eight founding nations: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland. At this time, the organization only oversaw amateur players. Its acronym, derived from the French Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball Amateur, was thus “FIBA”. In 1989, FIBA allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time. Prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics, only European and South American teams were allowed to field professionals in the Olympics. Worldwide, basketball tournaments are held for boys and girls of all age levels. The global popularity of the sport is reflected in the nationalities represented in the NBA.
Players from all six inhabited continents currently play in the NBA. In the Philippines, the Philippine Basketball Association’s first game was played on April 9, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. Women’s basketball began in 1892 at Smith College when Senda Berenson, a physical education teacher, modified Naismith’s rules for women. Shortly after she was hired at Smith, she went to Naismith to learn more about the game. Women’s basketball development was more structured than that for men in the early years.
This section does not cite any sources. NBA rules are used in this section. The object of the game is to outscore one’s opponents by throwing the ball through the opponents’ basket from above while preventing the opponents from doing so on their own. An attempt to score in this way is called a shot. A successful shot is worth two points, or three points if it is taken from beyond the three-point arc 6. Five players from each team may be on the court at one time. Substitutions are unlimited but can only be done when play is stopped.
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For both men’s and women’s teams, a standard uniform consists of a pair of shorts and a jersey with a clearly visible number, unique within the team, printed on both the front and back. Players wear high-top sneakers that provide extra ankle support. Typically, team names, players’ names and, outside of North America, sponsors are printed on the uniforms. For college, the NBA, and many high schools, there are a total of three referees on the court. The only essential equipment in a basketball game is the ball and the court: a flat, rectangular surface with baskets at opposite ends. A regulation basketball court in international games is 91.
The size of the basketball is also regulated. For men, the official ball is 29. If women are playing, the official basketball size is 28. The ball is out of bounds if it touches a boundary line, or touches any player or object that is out of bounds. There are limits placed on the steps a player may take without dribbling, which commonly results in an infraction known as traveling.