*this post may contain affiliate links
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.
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!)
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)
Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway (we have this and Jojoe will sit and play with this and his cars)
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!)
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!)
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!)
Set of 3! Tangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy (there was a few of these in Joey’s Easter basket!)
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!)
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)
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)
Hohner Kids MP400 – 16″ Plastic Rainbomaker (we have several of these as well around our house that Joey plays with)
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!)
Chewy Tubes Super Chew Knobby, 2 Pack (a MUST for an oral motor kiddo!)