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Holiday Toys 2018 [Self-Regulation]

November 26, 2018 by Kinetic Kids, Inc.
'Tis the Season for Therapy Toys! [Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Sensory Therapy, Toys for Tots, Children's Toys, Self-Regulation]

 

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!

Sensory Toys:

  • 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
  • Puzzles
  • 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?

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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!

Learn How to Make Amazing Fidget Balls

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