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2019 Blue Door Pediatric Therapist Approved Holiday Gift List

Posted on December 1, 2019 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy December! Many of us are busy getting ready for the holidays and gift giving season. The therapists at Blue Door Pediatric Therapy have  collaborated to share with you some of our favorite holiday gift giving ideas and activities. This list is certainly not exhaustive, and we will be sharing more specific gift giving ideas for books, games and sensory friendly lists in days to come!


Babies: 0-24 months

Speech:

Books: Board books, Sensory Books that are soft cloth or textured books, wearable and interactive books. 

Language: Spill and Fill toy sets, Black and White contrasting cards such as Wee Gallery Art Cards, Puppets, Chunky Puzzles, Balls, Bubbles, Baby Sign Classes at Blue Door Pediatric Therapy

Occupational Therapy:

Fine Motor: Pop Snap Beads, Button Art (By Alex Toys), pipSquigz, Melissa & Doug Pop Blocs Farm Animals, 

Hand Eye Coordination: Pound-a-Ball, Stacking rings, Blocks,  Chunky Puzzles, Pop up toys, Bean bags, Spill and Fill sets, Inflatable Water Pat mats

Physical Therapy:

Baby play mat because this encourages time on the floor. It gives babies many things to look at for tummy time and encourages arm and leg movement which will eventually lead to rolling.

Older babies- a walk behind toy. For babies who are learning to walk, this gives them independence and a little assistance while still challenging their balance and making them work those core muscles.


Toddlers (2-3)

Speech Therapy:

Books: Lift the flap books, Wearable and interactive books, picture books, Textured books, Picture books, Nursery rhyme books

Language: Board games, Memberships to local zoo, theaters, museums, Balls, Bubbles

Drama/Imaginative Play: Dress up clothes, Doll house, Dolls and Action figures, Train table/train set,Cash register/Store/Bank, Shopping cart, Play food Sets-Kitchen sets, Farmyard and Animals, Art Sets, Work bench and tools, Dinosaur figurines, Race track/cars, Castle,  Antsy Pants Sets

Occupational Therapy:

Fine Motor: Design and Drill (By Learning Resources), Super Sorting Pie (By Learning Resources), Magna-Tiles, Do-a-Dot markers,Stickers, Melissa and Doug playsets (pancake, pizza, cookie cutting), Squigz, Mr. Potato Head, cutting fruit sets, Basic skills board with fasteners (Melissa and Doug button, snaps, zipper, etc.), Smaller tweezer/tongs activities, Coloring books, Wind up toy, Brio Builder Set, K’Nex, Play Doh, Pizza Parlor Game (By Green Toys)

 Hand Eye Coordination: Large beads/blocks (for stringing), Duplo blocks, Chunky Puzzles (inset and chunky), Lacing cards, Bean bags, Tinker toys, Lincoln Logs

Physical Therapy: Tricycle- this promotes leg strength and lower body coordination, Mini trampoline- keeps kids active, burns energy, and strengthens those little legs!


Preschoolers (4-5)

Speech Therapy:

Books: Picture books, I Spy Books, 

Language: Board games, Memberships to local zoo, theaters, museums, Art classes, Handheld popper toys, Kindergarten Readiness Classes at Blue Door Pediatric Therapy

Drama/Imaginative Play: Magician role play set, “Career” Sets: Doctor, dentist, vet, hairdresser, chef, etc., Dress up clothes, Doll house, Dolls and Action figures, Train table/train set, Cash register/Store/Bank, Art Sets, Work bench and tools, Dinosaur figurines, Race track/cars, Castle, Antsy Pants Sets

Occupational Therapy

Fine Motor: Bunchems!™, Snap Cubes, Squigz, Mr. Potato Head, Smaller tweezer/tongs activities, Coloring books, Wind up toy, Marbles and Marble ramps, Brio Builder Set, Legos, K’Nex, Rainbow Scratch paper, Play Doh, Pizza Parlor Game (By Green Toys)

Hand Eye Coordination: Duplo blocks, Playmobil sets, Puzzles, Bean bags, Learning Locks (Lakeshore Learning), Tinker toys, Color by number books, Lincoln Logs

Physical Therapy:  

Balance bike or bicycle- promotes balance, coordination and leg strength. Also great to build cardiovascular endurance.


Early Elementary (6-8) 

Speech Therapy:

Books: Picture books, Chapter books, I Spy Books, Recipe Books

 Language: Board Games, Card Games, Memberships to local zoo, theaters, museums, Art classes, Cooking classes, Crafting classes, Handheld popper toys,  Cooking and baking supplies

Drama/Imaginative Play: Magician role play set, “Career” Sets: Doctor, dentist, vet, hairdresser, chef, etc., Dress up clothes, Dolls and Action figures, Art Sets, Antsy Pants Sets

Occupational Therapy:

Fine Motor: Mini Squigz, Melissa and Doug Suspend Family Game, Marbles and Marble ramps, Legos, Rainbow scratch paper, Play Doh

Hand Eye Coordination: Puzzles (interlocking/jigsaw), Velcro mit ball catching, Small beads for stringing (jewelery), Wikki Sticks, Small pop beads, Sequential/Step-by-step drawing books, Origami, Spirograph, Tinker toys, Color by number books, Stacking cups game, Tangrams

Physical Therapy: Jump rope- total body coordination, leg strength and cardiovascular endurance. Twister game- great to work on balance!


Middle Elementary (9-11)

Speech Therapy:

Books: Biographies, Nonfiction books, Chapter books, Recipe books

Language: Board Games, Card Games, Memberships to local zoo, theaters, museums, Art classes, Cooking classes, Crafting classes, Handheld popper toys, Cooking and baking supplies

Occupational Therapy

Fine Motor: Melissa and Doug Suspend Family Game, Klutz string art, Legos, Fidget toys

Hand Eye Coordination: Jigsaw puzzles

Physical Therapy: Full-size trampoline- keeps kids outside and active and promotes cardiovascular endurance


Middle School (12-14) 

Speech Therapy:

Books: Biographies, Nonfiction books, Chapter books, Recipe books 

Language: Board Games, Card Games, Memberships to local zoo, theaters and museums, Art classes, Cooking classes, Cooking and baking supplies, Crafting classes, craft sets

Occupational Therapy

Fine Motor: Legos, Fidget toys 

Hand Eye Coordination: Jigsaw puzzles

Physical Therapy: Gear for their favorite sport or club. Anything that gets them moving and that they are interested in! Soccer ball, basketball hoop, etc. Admission to a trampoline park or adventure park


Teenage (15 and up)

Speech Therapy:

Books: Biographies, Nonfiction books, Chapter books, Recipe books

Language: Board Games, Card Games, Memberships to local zoo, theaters, museums, Art classes, Cooking classes, Cooking and baking supplies, Crafting classes, Craft sets. 

Occupational Therapy:

Fine Motor: Legos, Fidget toys 

Hand Eye Coordination: Jigsaw puzzles

Physical Therapy: Gear for their favorite sport or club. Anything that gets them moving and that they are interested in! Soccer ball, basketball hoop, etc. Admission to a trampoline park or adventure park.


Thanks for checking out our 2019 Blue Door Pediatric Therapist recommended holiday list, be sure to check back in to see our recommended lists of books, games and sensory friendly toys!


Omaha Area Free Fall Family Fun

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)


We've got Fall Fever at Blue Door Pediatric Therapy, and our therapists are so excited to pull out all of our favorite Fall activities. The weather is cooling down and Fall is an amazing time to explore the Omaha area with your family. Of course there are plenty of pumpkin patch and apple picking opportunities in the Omaha area, there are also a lot of FREE FAMILY FALL events. Here are a few of our favorite fantastic fun and free activities and events to engage your family in this wonderful season!

Fall Fun at the Hummel Nature Center

Hummel Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road, Omaha, NE

Friday, September 27 from 6:30 to 8pm, attend the Owl Prowl. The all-ages event will include outdoor games, crafts, hikes and the opportunity to learn all about owls. On Fridays, October 11 and 18 from 6 to 8:30pm, the Hummel Harvest Nights will be held. The family-friendly evenings will have hiking, camp fires, crafts, s’mores, games and other activities. Registration is required.

Harvest Family Night at the Museum

Union Pacific Museum, 200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

Celebrate the changing of seasons with fall fun and games for all ages. Enjoy apple cider and learn about how railroads ship apples all across the country for us to enjoy. Check out food transport model trains, make corn husk dolls and enjoy a story with Council Bluffs Public Library.

Free Friday Night Movies at the Orchard

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 225th Street, Council Bluffs, IA. October 4, 11, 8 and 25 at 7:30 pm.

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free family movie every Friday night in October. Check for movies featured each night.

Harvest Fest at the Village Pointe Farmers Market

Village Pointe, 17305 Davenport Street, Omaha, NE, Saturday, October 5, 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Check out Harvest Fest, where, in addition to the market, kids can enjoy face painting, a bounce house, mini pumpkin decorating and free hayrack rides. There will also be live music, craft vendors and specialty items.

Earl May's Annual Pumpkin Festival

Earl May, 9229 W. Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124, Saturday, October 12th 10am-4pm.

Bring the family and join in the fun at Earl May’s Annual Pumpkin Fest! Enjoy Cheer Up Grilling, free kids activities including games, face painting, & more! Purchase any pumpkin and paint it for free.

Autism Society Omaha's Fall Festival

Autism Center of Nebraska, 9012 Q St., Omaha, NE. October 12th, 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Fall Festival is a fun, inviting environment full of activities and a good time for your family. Attending the event is a great way to practice skills, work on uncertainties (decor/costumes), and to just have a good time! The Fall Festival includes: fine motor, gross motor, & craft activities, snacks and more. Bring a little bag with you for collecting goodies. Also, it is encouraged to wear costumes but not mandatory. Registration is encouraged for this event.

Omaha’s Great Pumpkin Tree Festival

Village Pointe, 17305 Davenport Street, Omaha NE, Saturday, October 26

This event begins at 10am with a full day of Halloween festivities, including pumpkin carving from 10am to 2pm, trick or treating and games in the amphitheater from 2:30 to 4:30pm, a concert by eNVY – Omaha from 5 to 7pm and then the pumpkin tree lighting and a flash mob performance at 7pm.

Halloween Spooktacular

Partnered with the Saddlebrook Library, 14850 Laurel Ave, Omaha, NE 68116, Saturday, October 26th, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Enjoy a not-so-spooky story time, obstacle course, bounce house, and coloring. Make a spooky craft and play other Halloween themed games!

Halloween Hoopla!

Shadow Lake Towne Center, 7775 Olson Drive, Papillion, NE, Sunday, October 27 from 1 to 3pm

The Halloween Hoopla! is a Papillion Halloween event for the whole family at the Shadow Lake Amphitheater. This event includes trick or treating, free hayrack rides and festive fun.

Halloween Fun, Apollon Family Art Day

Apollon Art Space, 1801 Vinton St, Omaha, NE 68108m Sunday, October 27, 2019, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM

Take part in a Halloween themed family art day. Many art activities will be available such as painting or decorating a pumpkin, creating a mask, decorating a sweet treat and more. You can even come dressed in a family friendly costume. This will be fun for the whole family. There is limited space and supplies, so registration in advance is encouraged

DSA Halloween Trunk or Treat

Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street, Omaha. Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Bring out the monsters, ghouls, princesses, and heroes! The G.R.A.N.D.S. go all out to delight and spoil them. Decorate your trunk and hand out candy if you would like to do that. The more, the merrier! Cars will be set up at 4PM. Trick-or-Treating is from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

Happy fall! We hope you enjoy these free family fall activities in the greater Omaha area. If adding pediatric speech, occupational or physical therapy is also part of your fall plans, book an initial evaluaiton at Blue Door Pediatric Therapy today by calling us at (402) 680-1823!


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