The best toys are often simple, require interaction, are inexpensive, and easy to find. Best of all: The best toys require no batteries. Our toy of the year this year is ‘Quirkle’ a color and shape matching game that comes with rules, but can be easily made into some other game, like dominoes or simply building towers. Inexpensive, open-ended, and terrific for developing core visual and visual motor skills. While this game may not be appropriate for older children, it is fun for most ages, and particularly useful for those with learning and reading obstacles.
Dr. Kellye Knueppel, developmental optometrist and owner of The Vision Therapy Center, has provided a more extensive listing of ‘developmental’ toys, that is, toys that help build visual and cognitive skills. Find the list here: