This is a very good question and it is one that I am frequently asked by the parents of the children that I am working with. Since many of the games that I use at work belong to my employer, and have been there far longer than I have, this is never an easy question to answer.
For New Games:
I usually suggest the places that I check out in town such as Kaboodles, School House, Seeing is Believing, and Toys R Us - though I try to support local when I can.
For the last week I've been on vacation in the US, mostly in California and Oregon. I have been visiting a lot of toy stores on this trip and have stocked up on a bunch of games that I have not seen before in Canada. It will certainly make the return to work much sweeter with all of these new games to look forward to.
For Used Games:
Though I have not checked it out myself, I have heard from colleagues and some families that I work with that Value Village can be a good place to find games. Not only are they usually very cheap, but apparently sometimes they are in nearly new condition.
Recently I decided to try to find some of my favourite games from work to add to my personal collection. Two of my 'go-to' games, that I know I would really miss if I were to move to a different health unit or open my own practice, are Tic Tac Tony and Barnyard Bingo. I'm not sure if it is always this easy, or if the timing was just right, but I was able to find both of these on eBay. Tic Tac Tony seems to be a bit of a collectable, since it hasn't been made for several years now, but is widely loved. At the time of writing this, the Barnyard Bingo game was actually available to purchase on the Toys R Us site, but on eBay it was part of a lot auction that included two other Fisher-Price games that I had not seen before: Animal 2X2 and Adopt a Dog. Since I know how much I love Tic Tac Tony and Barnyard Bingo, I thought it was worth trying out these other Fisher-Price games too.
For now I will just show you the stockpile (minus the eBay purchases), but once I have had a chance to use them a few times I will do some reviews of them on here.
Let me know where you find games to work (or play) with children and how far do you go to find your favourites?