Special Play is one of the most important components of the FAST Program. It teaches parents how to provide the one-on-one time their children need. Special Play is open-ended, undirected, and child led. This activity helps parents relate to their child on the child’s terms. Special Play must always be with the same parent for 15 continuous minutes of uninterrupted one-on-one time.

Materials Needed for Special Play:

Special Play toys are ones that have no rules, no right or wrong, and no correct or incorrect way of playing.  Special Play does not require expensive toys.

Suggestions for Special Play box content:

*Each family should have their own Special Play box

  • One plastic clear container with cover
  • Random game pieces
  • Dice
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Ribbon
  • Blocks of various sizes and shapes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wooden sticks
  • Sensory items
  • Small dolls of any kind
  • Small animal figures
  • Plastic forks or spoons
  • Legos
  • Lincoln logs
  • Stacking toys
  • Play-doh
  • Clay
  • Cardboard pieces
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Yarn
  • Sticks, leaves, smaller rocks
  • Drinking straws
  • Matchbox cars/trucks
  • Cup coaster
  • Finger puppets

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Storage Box 6-Quart Storage Box with Lid Value Pack [Pack of 5], ssww.com

Building Blocks

Building Shapes [150 pieces], ssww.com

Colored Wooden Blocks [65 pieces], ssww.com

Wooden Spindles, Turnings, Shapes [10lbs], ssww.com

Buttons Assorted Shaped Button 1-lb Bag, ssww.com

Connectors, Links & Laces

Cool Crazy Connectors, orientaltrading.com

Oval Counting Links Manipulatives, orientaltrading.com

Lace It Up Tipped Bead Laces, orientaltrading.com

Finger Puppets Jungle Animal Finger Puppets, orientaltrading.com

Flag Making Materials

Felt Felt Sheet Assortment [12 pieces], ssww.com


Aleene’s Tacky Glue, ssww.com

Mini Glitter Glue Pens [Pack of 72], ssww.com

Foam Shapes

Foam Shapes with Adhesive – ABCs [1000 pieces], ssww.com

Foam Shapes with Adhesive – Bugs and Butterflies [400 pieces], ssww.com

Shapes with Adhesive – Peace Signs [400 pieces], ssww.com

Foam Shapes with Adhesive – Hearts [500 pieces], ssww.com

Sealife Foam Shapes with Adhesive [600 pieces], ssww.com

Sports Shapes with Adhesive [500 pieces], ssww.com


PomPom Assortment, 1″ [100 pieces], ssww.com

PomPom Assortment, 1/2″ [100 pieces], ssww.com

Feathers Mini Fluff Feather Assortment, ssww.com

Jewels Adhesive Gem Assortment [1700 pieces], ssww.com

Pipe Cleaners Neon Chenille Stem Assortment [100 pieces], ssww.com