Welcome to Dollar Store Development.  Nope, this isn’t some dark story about something gone awry at your local Dollar Tree.  This is a site devoted to promoting your young child’s developmental growth with items you could pick up for a dollar (or slightly more).  I’m a graduate student working on my Masters in Human Development and Childhood Disorders.  Over the last several semesters, I’ve been studying how best to promote the development of our young children, and no where in my text books does it mention complex expensive toys.

As a mother of two children, age 9 and 11, I often felt overwhelmed at all of the toys marketed to me when my children were little.  What did I really need?  Would they miss out on learning if they didn’t have a toy?  What if other kids were learning something that my kids weren’t?  These questions can cause a lot of stress for new parents.

Now that I’m nose deep in reading research and am out in the field screening kids for developmental delays, I’m finding that my field kit consists of all dollar store items.   Throughout this blog, I hope to share some of my finds with you and will tell you how they can help your child grow developmentally.  Articles will focus on the following categories:

  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Adaptive (Daily Living) Skills
  • Communication
  • Social-Emotional Skills

All articles will highlight items for children under age 5 and will aim to give info for multiple ages if it relates.  I love communication, so if you see a great item priced near a dollar that has worked for your child, please share!  I look forward to sharing my dollar store finds with you!

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