This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase a product, I will get a small commission.
If you have a child with autism, on the spectrum, with a sensory processing disorder, or all of the above, you probably keep your eyes and ears open for the new things on the market that might help both you and your child. Raising a sensory-seeking child, I have learned a lot about crashing into things, breaking things, wiggling, tantrums, and more… Any toy that helps to address his needs is highly welcomed under my Christmas tree because being a sensory parent is a one of a kind experience. Consider one or a few of these toys for your stuffers.
1. The Original Tangle:
The Original Tangle: This is the original toy that started the best selling product line. This large-size version comes has different colors and textures making it one of the ultimate sensory play toys. Kids love watching the smooth and fluid motions and cannot get enough of this one. The large size helps older students that need an engaging two hand activity, but it’s great for younger ones as well. This is a must-have. Click here!
2. Pencil Grips:
Pencil Grips: The ergonomic design helps guide your child’s fingers into the proper position. With a comfy and ergonomic design, this is a must have for students this year. Buy them here.
3: Deluxe Jellyfish Lamp:
Deluxe Jellyfish Lamp: This amazing gift will give you all of the wonder and relaxing feel of a saltwater aquarium but with no upkeep or maintenance. Watch as the two Jellyfish glide through the water while the LED lights let them change colors. This is a best selling gift and one everyone will love! See it here.
4. 3” Time Timer
3” Time Timer: Great for students who need help understanding the passage of time. The 3” time timer is the perfect accessory to take back to school. The highly visual design will help make understanding the abstract theory of time much easier. Find it here.
5. The Laser Stars Projector:
The Laser Stars Projector: When your child or the lucky recipient turns the laser stars on at night. They’ll lay back in bed and watch as a gorgeous galaxy of stars lights up their ceiling. Beautiful light will be projected to ceiling or wall, the colored lights staggered rotation and Projecting high-resolution stars and moon. Clouds float quietly under the night sky to let you experience a different and interesting starry night with the occasional shooting star flying by. Click here to learn more.
6. Spiky Gloves:
Spiky Gloves: Although the glove may look scary, your kids will love the soft and stretchy spiky glove. Your child will love wearing it, especially when combined with handwriting for increased proprioceptive input and deep pressure. This is another must-have gift for back to school. Click here.
7. Cyclone Pinwheel Lightshow:
Cyclone Pinwheel Lightshow: Watch your kids’ eyes light up while this dazzling pinwheel spins to create an amazing light show. Complete with a small speaker, your child will never want to put down this gorgeous light show with fireworks sounds. Click here to see a video and watch how it works. See it here.
8. Ooey Gooey Octopus:
Ooey Gooey Octopus: This is the ideal gift for kids over 3 years old. It’s stretchy fun to help with fine motors manipulation and tactile exploration. Great for a stocking stuffer or as a gift on its own.
9. The Game Plan Game: Life Skills for Kids Safety Issues, Feelings Management, Social Skills:
The Game Plan is a fun, easy way for adults to interact with children through play while the children learn valuable lessons. Players roll dice, answer questions, earn tokens and move from start to finish. The four categories open discussions with the guidance of the game leader about safety, making good choices, health, and social situations. It’s a simple way to begin important conversations to ensure that every child has a game plan. Binder clips (not included) stabilize character pieces for young kids. Buy it here.
10. Finger Paint Sensations:
Finger Paint Sensations: Complete with ten tactile textures to add to the colors, the finger paint sensations kit is a great way to have fun while exploring new textures and creating art. Find it here.
11. Reverse Charades:
Reverse Charades: In this fun game your child will work with their team to act out as many words as possible while one kid tries to guess what they are. This is a ton of fun that never gets old and a great spin on a classic game. Click here to buy Reverse Charades.