Kmart is a wonderland when it comes to toys and gadgets for your child. Their affordable toys and stationery are a perfect way to keep your child entertained and learning on a budget. This blog will pick out some of our favourite Kmart items that you can use at home as OT Therapy tools to support your child’s learning and development:
Kmart has a fantastic amount of squishies, fidget toys and putty to meet your child’s sensory needs. Their statement on their website which refers to Autism Spectrum Australia demonstrates to us just how much thought Kmart has put into ensuring that they can offer affordable sensory tools.
Fine Motor Games
Kmart Dough: Playdough is great for increasing strength and endurance in our little one’s hands to help with their handwriting and pencil grip. This $8 pack is a great starter set: https://www.kmart.com.au/product/creative-playing-dough-18-pack-dough-set/1092802
Get your children rolling, squishing and squashing the dough to create whatever their imagination desires.
Honeybee Buzz Game: This game is quickly becoming a favourite in therapy! Focus on not only your child’s fine motor precision and accuracy with this game but also test their turn-taking skills when playing with a sibling or another player!
Dog Doctor: A play on the traditional ‘Operation’ this game will test your child’s fine motor precision whilst also helping them to develop a good pencil grasp as they hold the tweezers!
Animal threading: These cute animal threading cards are a great way to help develop your child’s fine motor skills as well as concentration!
Gross Motor Games:
Connect 4 Shots: It’s time to step Connect 4 up a notch! This game is an awesome way to challenge your child’s accuracy and hand-eye coordination:
Home-made obstacle course! Kmart has made it really easy to get creative and set up fun obstacle courses in your backyard. These games will test your child’s balance and coordination whilst having lots of fun!
Other great finds!
Pre-cut play food: This wonderful wooden toy from Kmart is great for encouraging your child to coordinate both hands by holding the toy knife in one hand and stabilising the fruit with another. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to make fruit and vegetable fun!
Find out about feelings book: This cute book is another favourite therapy favourite! The interactive ‘Lift the flap’ stylebook is a great way to encourage conversation about feelings and emotions
We could go on forever listing the amazing things you can find at Kmart, but we hope that this has provided some insight into how you can support your child’s learning and development at home.