When it comes to toys to give as gifts for kids with ADHD, you might have to stray from the traditional choices. Children with ADHD may have trouble staying focused on activities that require a lot of instruction, and this can lead to frustration when they’re trying to get into something unfamiliar. It is therefore important, then, to choose the right type of toy that will engage the child but that doesn’t take a great deal of focus to enjoy.
Great toys to give to kids with ADHD are those that are tactile and that don’t require a lot of instruction or focus before getting under way. Playing with toys aimed toward children with ADHD will not only increase their own happiness and fun, but also instill in them a sense of confidence and encourage them to focus on the games and toys in front of them.
Keep reading to see what we have determined as the best toys to give as gifts for kids with ADHD.
Play-Doh is great for kids with ADHD to play with. The moldable, squeezable nature of the dough allows for a satisfying tactile experience that allows for the hands to fidget and have fun. Kids can create Play-Doh constructions, building something with the pleasing easy of sculpting the moldable dough with their hands, or have fun simply by squeezing and tossing it around. The variety of bright colors that Play-Doh comes in is another great selling point, serving as a visual stimulant.
You can also increase the fun by looking into one of the many Play-Doh game sets, which allow for the dough to be shredded and molded in all new kinds of ways. Take care in choosing which set to purchase, though—don’t get one that is overly complicated and can potentially cause frustration.
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Kit
This is another great tactile-central gift for kids with ADHD. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty provides a simple list of a few ingredients for kids to create their own putty and the containers to store it. The putty is a goopy, slimy mixture perfect for them to sink their fingers into. The putty comes in three bright, attractive colors that kids can then mix to create their own. The kit also comes with colored pencils for labeling and more fun.
All in all, this is a great toy to give as a gift for kids with ADHD because of its tactile and exploratory nature, allowing them to experience the satisfying fulfillment of creating something and getting to play with it after.
This is a great fidget toy for any kid with ADHD or carrying around stress. Tangle Therapy is a “tangle” composed of curved plastic piece about an inch long each that connect together and are able to twist in their sockets. This results in a tangle that you can rotate around, condense, pull apart, and restructure, allowing for different tactile sensations according to how it’s used.
Unlike Play-Doh and putty, this isn’t a toy to be taken out and squeezed and played with during specific occasions, but more of a fidget toy that can be good to have on hand. Tangle Therapy not only provides stimulation for the hands and fingers, it also serves as a soothing de-stresser.
Avoid complex Lego sets that come with assembly manuals and a specific purpose, which can quickly lose the attention of children with ADHD and leave them frustrated. Instead, get them a basic Lego kit where they can build whatever they want and still be correct. This will help instill confidence in their work as well as develop spatial skills. Other building blocks sets are great, too.
Simple board games that don’t require much set up or instruction make great gifts for kids with ADHD. One of the most highly recommended games is Zingo, a bingo-like game that uses pictures and that automatically spits out the “Zingo” card spaces. The game claims that it “develops critical thinking skills” by building matching and language skills, along with visual recognition.
Other simple games, like checkers, are also great for kids with ADHD. Try finding games like Sorry! or Trouble with moveable pieces that the kids are sure to enjoy.
Have Fun and Create Memories
You might have to think a little outside the traditional box, but there are lots of great toys to give as gifts to kids with ADHD out there. Look for toys that provide tactile and visual stimulation, and that they can enjoy immediately without having a whole lot of set up or rules. In purchasing the right toy, the most important thing is to choose something that child will genuinely enjoy. If you get them a game that you can enjoy with them, so much the better.
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