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I currently review toys with Jenn Choi from www.toysaretools.com She gets the toys, has me play with them and with my clients and then I am able to give her some insight onto why I like the toy and what skills the toy addresses. Please see my input on the following toys:


Air Storm Z-X Crossbow November 27, 2012

WHAT:Air Storm Z-X Crossbow by Zing Toys

DOES: opportunity to practice bilateral coordination and crossing the midline

INVEST: $19.99 MSRP

AGES: 8 and up (successfully done with younger child with some guidance) 

TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, Social Scene Helper (sports played along among like-minded folks help ease social setting), Lose and Win Gracefully

EXPERT OPINION: Aimee Prainito,Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Prainito Pediatric Therapy 

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/11/zxcrossbow.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+toysaretools%2FoULm+%28Toys+are+Tools%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail


Air Storm Bow and Arrows Oct. 15, 2012

WHAT: Air StormZip-Bak Bow& Air Storm Z -Curve Bow by Zing Toys

DOES: opportunity to practice bilateral coordinatrion and crossing the midline

INVEST: $19.99 and $26.99 respectively MSRP

AGES: 8 and up (can possibly be lower with some guidance)

TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, Social Scene Helper (sports played along among like-minded folks help ease social setting), Lose and Win Gracefully

EXPERT OPINION: Aimee Prainito,Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Prainito Pediatric Therapy

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/10/zbows.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+toysaretools%2FdgkV+%28Toys+are+Tools%29


Q-Bitz Sept 27, 2012

WHAT:Q-bitz by Mindware 

DOES: have fun while sharpening skills involving recognizing, manipulating with your hands, and using both of your hands to work together (in big talk: visual perception, bilateral coordination, visual motor)

INVEST: MSRP $24.95

AGES: Suggested is 8+ ( it can go way lower when play is modified)

TOOLS: Holiday/Birthday Build-Uponner (there are add-ons and sequels), Lose and Win Gracefully, My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, Remember to Learn

EXPERT OPINION: Aimee Prainito, Prainito Pediatric Therapy, Snellville, Georgia

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/09/qbitz.html#more


Magnets Sept 20, 2012

WHAT:CMS NeoPin (neodymium pushpin magnets pack of 10) CMS Ceramic Domino Block Pins (Pack of 12) by CMS Magnetics

DOES: makes your refrigerator, steel door, steel surface into an easel and SO MUCH MORE

INVEST: $9.99 for each set

TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer (strong magnets inspire curiosity), Family Fix-it (because you are going to need some on the kitchen fridge- Fall is the season for organizing)

EXPERT OPINION: Aimee Prainito, Occupational Therapist, Prainito Pediatric Therapy

http://adhdmomma.com/2012/09/review-giveaway-cms-neopin-fierce-magnets-give-incognito-workouts-four-winners-total.html


Rockboard Mini Sept 19, 2012

WHAT: Rockboard Mini

DOES: allows children to practice balance, hand-eye coordination, work out some energy, and is easy to learn; helpful as an icebreaker in the park

INVEST: MSRP $159.99

TOOLS: Social Scene Helper, My Body Needs to Move

Expert Opinion: Aimee Prainito, Occupational Therapist, Prainito Pediatric Therapy

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/09/rockboardmini.html


Smart Car August 8, 2012

WHAT: Smart Car by Smart Toys and Games

DOES: practice sequencing and sharpen your visual perception: both are helpful in supporting reading skills, moving cars around is a great exercise to support core trunk stability

INVEST: $24.99 MSRP

TOOLS: Flexibility is My Superpower, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer

http://www.smartgames.eu/ Smart Car with a 3 year old

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/08/SmartCar.html 


Magnamagic April 16, 2012

WHAT: Magnamagic Magnetic Wall Chalkboard Paint

DOES: promotes creativity, you won't yell at them for writing on this wall, wall-writing is actually key for two VERY important academic learning skills

INVEST: $39.99 for a quart (has both chalkboard and magnetic features)

TOOLS: Express Yourself, Family Fix-its (saves space), More Make-Believe Please, My Body Needs to Move

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/04/magnamagic-part-1-show-them-anything-is.html and then part 2

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/04/magnamagic-part-2-new-space-brings-new.html


Snack Attack April 6, 2012

WHAT: Snack Attack by Think Fun

DOES: Excellent introduction for preschoolers and young elementary students to encourage game playing; appeals to kids who like bells and whistles but are interested in trying out structured games; sneaks in some fine tuning of "precision skills"

INVEST: $19.99 or less depending on retailer

TOOLS: Foment Love of Language (you must see and say- FAST!); Lose and Win Gracefully; My Body Needs to Move (arms sometimes but fingers and eyes are moving all the time); Remember to Learn

http://www.toysaretools.com/2012/04/blog-post.html

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