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Do you have a running list of coveted therapy tools? My list of sensory toys and regulation tools continues to grow and change with each passing year. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to write out your list and give your children gifts that will keep on giving. I’ve put together this Sensory Gift Guide for Kids with awesome sensory regulation tools, sensory play toys, and calm and focus items available from Fun and Function.
Sensory Regulation Gifts
Time Timer – This timer allows kids age 3+ visualize time even if they can’t tell time. It offers visual and audio clues for time telling.
Mushy Smushy Bean Bag Chair – This chair is ideal for kids ages 1+ with poor muscle tone and sensitivity to hard surfaces. It is lightweight, portable, and comfortable for both kids and adults.
Weighted Blanket – My children both use a weighted blanket at night to help calm and regulate. It provides a grounding effect for them and can be used at nighttime or to help regulate or relax during the day.
Calm Down Jar – Sensory seekers, under-responders and over-responders can use the Calm Down Jar to help organize, self-regulate and calm. Kids can flip the jar to watch bubbles, gel and soothing colors cascade down to the other side.
Hammock Chair – This machine-washable, organic cotton hammock chair is durable enough for indoor/outdoor use and can be hung from a stand or a ceiling point. Swing back and forth or rotate while receiving a hug from the chair.
Sensory Play Gifts
Chewies – When the urge to bite, chew or fiddle strikes, any of these chewies can come to the rescue! Choose from dozens of different options for the perfect one for your preschooler, school-age child, or teen.
Cozy Canoe – Kids who crave deep pressure input will find this a soothing place to sit. Turn it upside down to create a fort, or rock it back and forth to work on balance!
Regulation Putty – Pinch, pull and squeeze this putty to work on fine motor planning, heavy work and stress reduction. Nine hidden faces in the putty represent different feelings to help your child learn to express themselves.
Crash Mat – Do you have a seeker? This crash mat will keep them safe while they’re jumping, flipping or tumbling! Our kids love these crash mats at their therapy center.
Calm and Focus Gifts
Noise Reduction Headphones – For the child sensitive to noise, these headphones will help tune out extraneous noise while allowing them to still hear what is going on around them.
Transformer Sensory Sack – Climb in, stretch, crawl, roll and relax! These sensory sacks help distracted children become alert and make hyper children calm.
Sensory Twists – Get gentle sensory input from these spiky twists that encourage tactile exploration and strengthen grip.
Wiggle Cushion – Children with the wiggles can find tactile input and balance therapy with this wiggle cushion. There are soft bumps on one side for tactile input and a smooth surface on the other side.
Hug Sleeping Bag – This is cooler than a weighted blanket or sleeping bag, lightweight for portability, and provides deep pressure input for calm and relaxation.
Our kids still use sensory tools that we purchased years ago. C still tries to climb into the sensory sack that fit him when he was two years old! Many sensory gifts are items that can be enjoyed and utilized for therapy purposes for a long time.
Do you have a seeker or an avoider? My kids, like many, are a little bit of each! Which sensory gift will best suit your child’s current sensory needs?