All kids have different needs and abilities and some need a lot more focused help and special toys to help them develop skill sets that come naturally to other kids. The interesting thing about some of these toys is that all kids can enjoy them. I think a prime example of this is the recent craze of Fidget Spinners. These were designed for children with autism but then everyone else discovered them and wanted them for themselves too. Below are some toys that I stock that are primarily for children with special needs.
- Expand a ballThis is a sensory ball that expands and contracts. Children will be visually amazed as they watch the ball grow and shrink mid-air.
2. Putty Peeps This putty is great for developing fine motor skills as well as being a fidget toy. It is great for developing imagination.
3. Shape Sequence Puzzles. These are great for problem solving and fine motor skills. Choose from the shape sequence sorting set from Melissa and Doug or a Pattern Blocks or Mosaic Tiles set.Water painting. Some kids hate getting their hands messy so why not give them an alternative painting experience. Melissa and Doug have developed two different water painting books. One is called Water Wow. Fill the water
4. Water painting. Some kids hate getting their hands messy so why not give them an alternative painting experience. Melissa and Doug have developed two different water painting books. One is called Water Wow. Fill the water pen with water and then ‘paint’ over the pictures to reveal colours and patterns below. After a few minutes, the colours disappear and can be re-painted over and over. The second type is for those who would become more upset that their painting has disappeared. It’s painting with water on the special pad. Colours appear once they have been painted and they remain.Chinese Checkers or Solitaire. These are great for older children. They are quiet games to play that involve
5. Chinese Checkers or Solitaire. These are great for older children. They are quiet games to play that involve fine motor skills and some memory, as you move the pegs on the boards. Solitaire is a one person game while up to 6 people can play Chinese Checkers.
6. Musical instruments. I have a whole section on musical instruments. These instruments allow children to get used to loud noises in the comfort of their own home. It also teaches them rhythm and fine motor skills.
7. Wooden Puzzles. Teach your child letter and number recognition using these Melissa and Doug Peg Puzzles.
8. Jacob’s Ladder. Hold the ladder at the top and rotate your wrist back and forwards to create an optical illusion. This is a quiet toy.Threading Toys. These are great for developing fine motor skills. Choose one that is more than just
9. Threading Toys. These are great for developing fine motor skills. Choose one that is more than just coloured blocks and it can encourage speech development as you chat about each piece that is being strung together. I stock a lovely wooden train set and a wooden fruit salad set.
10. Magnetic Mazes. Use the wand to move the balls through the maze to their destination. Great for concentration and distraction. I stock a lovely wooden butterfly maze.
This list could literally go on and on, but I’m going to keep it with 10. If you’d like to see my full range of toys for children with special needs, click on the link or feel free to send me a message and ask for a recommendation.