Toys and Games to Promote Your Preschooler’s Speech, Language, and Cognition

Toys and Games to Promote Your Preschooler’s Speech, Language and Cognition

Every year, I compile a list of my favorite toys and games.

Preschool Speech Therapy Toys

Here are my posts from years past:

2014 Speech Therapy Toys for Toddlers

*FYI All toddler related topics can be found at My Toddler Talks.

2014 Close-Ended Games, Activities, and Toys to Build Attention in Preschoolers

2013 Preschooler Toys to Improve Cognition, Play, and Language

2012 Speech Therapy Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

2011 Speech Therapy Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I use these materials during my speech therapy sessions as well as with my own family.

Here are my recommendations for 2014:

*Affiliate links are included.

Marble Run 37-Piece Set


Super fun toy for various ages. Wonderful way to develop spatial awareness and problem solving skills – “If I do this, where will the marble go?” Warning: Setting up a marble run, especially a more complex one, is tricky! When you set it up the first time you’ll see what I mean.

Dress Up Fun

Role Play Costume Bundle: Fire Chief, Construction Worker, and Train Engineer

More and more research supports that pretend play builds language, particularly storytelling skills. Telling stories and expressing thoughts  are essential in school and life. Let your little ones dress up, act out, pretend and tell a story.

Melissa & Doug Toys – Waitress Role Play Costume Set

An apron along with a pad and pencil fits well for role playing at a pretend restaurant too!

Memory Match Game: Garden Harvest


I found this adorable vertical version of memory  at Barnes and Nobles. They have some super cute toys and games. Fun fact: This game is by Kathy Ireland. Remember her? Who knew she had a line of children’s games?

Eric Carle’s ABC Game – Travel Tin

A friend bought this game for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. I said thanks so much and brought it right to my office. This game is perfect for preschool and school aged children who are learning the alphabet. Warning: This ABC Game is quite long so I limit the time to only 10 minutes. I also spice things up by having them write the letter in a tray of sand or on the window with special window markers.


Melissa & Doug Stamp and Sort Mailbox

This was a relatively new purchase and it’s been a huge hit in my office! There are so many concepts to target with this play mailbox. Pretend play, story telling, literacy, descriptive vocabulary, prepositions…the possibilities are endless!

Don’t Wake Daddy


This is an OLD game. I found mine at a garage sale. My clients love it! PS My husband saw this game and was like – “Ooh, I like this game. Great concept.” Hmmm…

Simon Game – Basic Fun SIMON The Electronic Memory Retro Game

Love this game not only because it brings back childhood memories but because it helps to develop attention, visual and short term memory and sequencing skills. Can’t wait to introduce it to my own daughter. You can find Simon on sale at any of the big box stores. Seems to be making a big comeback.

Mini Wood Bowling Table Top Game

I bought this super cute game from Five Below a store where “you never pay more than $5 for the trendiest, coolest, highest quality stuff that you just gotta have”. That quote is from their website. There’s a Five Below in Ramsey, so I pop in quite often. Primarily, I use this game with my articulation and phonology clients because they don’t mind repetition if it’s being reinforced with a turn in fun game. However, I’ve also used it with a few of my clients who have autism as a way to work on turn taking.


That’s all for now! If you have any toy or game recommendations or questions, feel free to comment.

If you celebrate have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy New Year!




Kimberly Scanlon, M.A. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist, an author and a mother. As the owner of Scanlon Speech Therapy, LLC, a unique boutique practice in Bergen County, Kimberly embraces individuality and treats the whole person. Her goal is to spread compassion, hope, and some speech, language and literacy tips one moment, one person at a time.  Her first book, My Toddler Talks: Strategies and Activities to Promote Your Child’s Language Development and her second book, Learning to Read is a Ball are available for purchase at online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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