Montessori Inspired

Developmental Toys

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Montessori Inspired

Developmental Toys

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What Are the Important Components of Early Childhood Development?

Emotional
Development

From birth children start to develop emotional connections with others, which build healthy relationships that foster empathy, cooperation, and confidence.

Social
Development

Social development is essential for school readiness and learning how to model appropriate behavior, and can actually impact many of the other forms of development children experience.

Cognitive
Development

Cognitive development in young children is rapid and exponential in the areas of information processing, conceptual resources, perceptual skill and language learning.

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Research Shows 

that excessive screen time has a negative impact during childhood.

Research Shows 

that excessive screen time has a negative impact during childhood.

Hands-On Play With Your Child Matters

No parent should ever feel inadequate in their role, feeling like they do not have time to spend Quality Time with their kids. Smile A While developmental toys are purposely made for teachable moments between a parent and child. Just as its founder, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist has guided many parents of infants and toddlers over the years through purposeful play, Smile A While toys are that bridge for building parent and child engagement.

“Play and be present while in each other’s lives… Smile A While

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Products

Our Bestselling Developmental Toys

Products

Our Bestselling Developmental Toys

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Product Arrival

Once your product arrives at your home, make sure to keep it in shared family spaces like the kitchen or living room.

Quality Time

With these toys now readily accessible, weave in 10 minute increments of play per day — at breakfast time, after school and before bedtime.

Development

These 30 minutes of quality time filled with teachable moments and shared experiences with your child will scaffold their development.

My Story

Hi! I’m Joanne!

As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who specializes in working with infants, toddlers, kids in the early childhood years, and their families, using toys that supports development are a staple in my therapy practice. I would devote many hours analyzing toys I find online or in a store to see how they can aide in growing anyone of my kiddos functional skills. Being an Occupational Therapist (OT) was the best job ever, or at least I thought, until I added a new job title to my life.….I became a Mom! And now instead of being a guest in the lives of families, I now have a family of my own. Watching development happen in front of my eyes, 24/7. Being an OT MOM inspired me to start Smile A While developmental toys. Toys that are intentionally designed for parent-child cooperative engagement and age-based skills. I can now share with the world toys that I put my own touch on, using my specialized training and skill for understanding child development. I hope your family finds as much joy as mine does with these toys.

– Joanne

My Story

Hi! I’m Joanne!

As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who specializes in working with infants, toddlers, kids in the early childhood years, and their families, using toys that supports development are a staple in my therapy practice. I would devote many hours analyzing toys I find online or in a store to see how they can aide in growing anyone of my kiddos functional skills. Being an Occupational Therapist (OT) was the best job ever, or at least I thought, until I added a new job title to my life.….I became a Mom! And now instead of being a guest in the lives of families, I now have a family of my own. Watching development happen in front of my eyes, 24/7. Being an OT MOM inspired me to start Smile A While developmental toys. Toys that are intentionally designed for parent-child cooperative engagement and age-based skills. I can now share with the world toys that I put my own touch on, using my specialized training and skill for understanding child development. I hope your family finds as much joy as mine does with these toys.

– Joanne