Category Archives: Sensory friendly activities

Best Gifts for a Sensory Seeking Child

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One of the hardest things for me as Joey’s mom is finding new and different toys he will play with especially around his birthday or Christmas. Yes, he sometimes (like 1-2 times per week) will play with a matchbox car and occasionally with an action figure, but he’s more content with more sensory related toys and activities that keep his brain active and stimulated. I mean, what does Santa bring a kid who doesn’t like playing with “regular toys”?!

This is a time that I truly have to rack my brain and think like Joey. What would he like to get from Santa or the Easter Bunny or for his birthday? And I know I’m not the only parent out there with this predicament so I thought it would be fun to compile a list of toys that Joey and other sensory seeking children may enjoy to help fellow parents and loved ones find the perfect gifts for the child. I’ve done my best to sort the toys into different categories because, let’s face it, each sensory seeking child craves different types of stimuli. I’ve listed items that your visual, tactile,  Vestibular/Proprioceptive (movement), auditory, or oral seeking child might like.

**As I find more gift ideas to add to this post, I will add them.

Visual Seekers

Adorox Liquid Bubble Drop Motion Wheel Zig Zag Desk Toy (Bubbler) (we have multiple of these floating around our house! We can never have enough of these!)

60 Rainbow Counting Bears with Color Matching Sorting Cups Set

Tranquil Teddy Bear – Occupational Therapy Toy – 12″ Plush Stuffed Animal with Light-Up Glitter Ball  (Santa got this for Joey and he LOVES it! He tucks it in next to himself every night before bed!)

Ocean Relax Projector  (Santa also got Joey this and we have it in our playroom, it’s REALLY neat! I enjoy sitting and watching it as well!)

Toysmith 37-Piece Marble Run (Santa got Jojoe this last Christmas)

Quercetti Kaleido Gears – 55 Piece Building Set with 3 Different Sized Gears 

Original Hoberman Sphere

360 Degree Rotating Cosmos Star Moon sky Projector

Mindscope Twister Tracks Trax RollBot Neon Glow in the Dark 241 Piece Flexible Railway Set With Light Up LED Motorized Sphere/Ball & 12′ Feet of Track

Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway (we have this and Jojoe will sit and play with this and his cars)

Tot Tube Playset – Toy Car and Ball Tunnel Ramp Race Track

Gazillion Bubble Hurricane Machine (we’ve gone through multiple bubble makers and this one makes the most bubbles by far!)

Penguin Race 2 (Santa got this for Joey and he LOVES it! It’s super cute!)

Tactile Seekers

Sensory Water Beads  (I have a pack of these to try once it warms up a bit more and we can fill our kiddie pool with them!)

FIDGET TOY (Package of 8)

Duc Elite Stress Relief Balls

Therapy Putty Special Kit, 2-oz. each, Red, Yellow, Green and Blue (Jojoe uses this in occupational therapy at school to help build up his hand strength!)

Edushape Sensory See Me Balls

Set of 3! Tangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy (there was a few of these in Joey’s Easter basket!)

Rainbow Rice Colored Rice Mix Non Toxic Sensory Tables, Neon, 5 lb.

Novelty Pin Point Impressions Metal Pin Art (This could have also gone in the visual seekers category as well. Joey has one these and will sit and watch the pins move as he flips it over)

Vestibular/Proprioceptive (movement) Seekers

Skil-Care 5′ x 5′ Crash Pad   (I wish we had the space for one of these in Joey’s room!)

Sunny Health & Fitness 40″ Foldable Trampoline with Bar (We have this one and Jojoe LOVES to jump! He jumps on his trampoline 24/7, it is one of the main ways Joey gets out his energy, especially when he’s over stimulated!)

Super Spinner Swing

Transformer Sensory Sack (Joey LOVES his sensory sack!)

 

Gamecraft Safety Guard Scooters (Jojoe has a scooter board and he rides it on our driveway while his siblings ride their bikes)

Hippity Hop 55cm Including Free Foot Pump, For Children Ages 7 & Up

Hanging Swing Chair for Kids

Exercise Ball (Joey constantly sits on his exercise ball and bounces while watching his iPad! He also loves to sit on his and stare out the window watching cars drive by)

My First Flybar – Red Foam Pogo Jumper For Kids- Supports up to 250lbs

Auditory Seekers

Hohner Kids MP400 – 16″ Plastic Rainbomaker (we have several of these as well around our house that Joey plays with)

Zenit Audio Egg Shaker – Premium Professional Wood Egg Shakers and Musical Instruments

LilGadgets Untangled Pro Premium Children’s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with SharePort – Purple (headphones in our house are a MUST! As much as Joey listens to music on his iPad, it can get very noisy so a good pair of headphones can be a lifesaver!)


Oral Seekers

MyBoo Autism/Sensory/Teething Chewable Oval Bead and Droplet Pendant Necklace

Chewy Tubes Super Chew Knobby, 2 Pack (a MUST for an oral motor kiddo!)

Chewelry Quad-Blockz Oral Sensory Stimulation Tool Block Piece Chew Necklace

Munchables Chewelry Dog Tags

Chewable Jewelry Large Coil Necklace

B is for Bubble

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One of Joey’s absolute favorite things to do is to play with bubbles! Although he cannot blow bubbles through a wand yet, he LOVES himself a good bubble maker! If someone who’s working with him at school or a doctors office needs a good positive reinforcement to use with him, out comes the bubbles!

We’ve gone through several bubble makers over the years and for his birthday he received this simple Paw Patrol Bubble Maker and it’s lasted longer than the more expensive ones! He’s been known to break them the first day we give them to him!

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Yesterday, we sat outside for over 1 hour while Joey sat and watched his beloved bubbles fly. The pure joy on his face makes it all worth it! I try to keep several bottles of bubbles on standby for the days we go through a lot or when a bottle of bubbles gets accidentally spilled (which I know has happened to all of you fellow parents at one time or another, lol!).

And as I’m sitting here typing, guess what Jojoe just brought me? A thing of bubbles and signed “please,” so it looks like I’m going to cut this post short and go blow bubbles with my best buddy!

 

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Sensory fun day at CT Science Ceter 6/18/16

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Heads up fellow Connecticut (and surrounding states who might want to take a road trip lol), the CT Science Center is having sensory friendly hours on Saturday, June 18 from 9am-12pm. We love this place!
Events_Thumb-150x150A little directly from their website

“The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright
lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for SUPER
Sensory Friendly Hours 9AM–12PM.

Get ready for a SUPER day of fantastic sensory-friendly, superhero fun
courtesy of The Miracle League of Connecticut! Meet amazing superheroes and
join the fun by wearing your favorite superhero costume.

Groups with special needs programs and families with children on the autism
spectrum or with other developmental disabilities will enjoy tons of kids’
activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science demonstrations. There will
also be a special sensory-friendly theater presentation of our Creative Creatures
theater show at 12PM.

Advance Tickets

Advanced tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate of $12 per person until
Midnight on Friday, June 17.

Tickets will be available at the door for $14.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free.
All superhero activities are included with General Admission or Membership.
A separate ticket is required for the theater show at 12PM. For more
information, contact Brit Montmeat, Group Sales Account Manager,
at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Please note that lighting and volume levels will resume at regular levels 12–
5PM.”