Often during the holidays, parents get the question from family members: "What can I get your child as a gift?" What a great opportunity to suggest a toy that your child will benefit from. Below are some insights from a pediatric occupational therapist that may help!
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Too Kewl Holiday Therapy Toy Ideas For Your Little Ones!
- Bean bag chair - Adds additional input for sensory seekers and helps children sit still
- Orbies/Water Beads
- Kinetic Sand
- Compression shirt - Can be found at sporting good stores, add deep pressure input for calming
- Foldable tunnel - Crawling through is great input to hands and knees while the small space is calming
- Scooter board - Great heavy work, a child can pull herself on her belly using rope or sit and scoot with feet
- Inflatable textured cushion for chair - Helps keeps children still during sitting, adding a core strengthening challenging
- Kids' shopping cart or pretend vaccum - Pushing and pulling for great heavy work
- Use of a water table or sand table
Visual Motor or Visual Perceptual Toys:
- Shape sorter
- Blocks - Large Duplo blocks, Legos, large cardboard "brick" blocks
- "I Spy" books or games
- Maze, hidden object, or word search books
- Playdoh toys - scissors, rolling pins, cookie cutters
How-To Make Amazing Fidget Balls
What is a Fidget Ball?
Generally speaking, a fidget as any small item, which can be a ball or toy that helps:
- keep one’s hands busy, and
- allows children to better focus while completing an activity.
Almost anything can be a sensory fidget, from small household items to homemade creations, like your very own ninja stress ball, which is on page 8 in your eBook!
The Benefits of Using Fidget Balls:
- increase concentration,
- decrease stress,
- increase tactile awareness, and
- much more!
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