For children with ADHD, flashy toys and games from your own childhood may not be the best choice. Some games such as LIFE or Clue may exasperate a child who can’t focus long enough to read the instructions. For others, having to sit still and wait their turn is excruciating.
So, when shopping for a child with ADHD, the best gifts you can buy are those that play to the strengths of the individual. Here is a list of this year’s Top Gifts For Kids With ADHD!
Best Toys For Kids With ADHD
Play-Doh, in all its infinite varieties, is a great bet for younger kids. It’s a classic toy that can be used over and over again in a variety of ways. Add some cookie cutters, a rolling pin and other sculpting tools and now you have a complete gift set. Play-Doh is also a good choice for children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism. They can make their own creations without getting frustrated when things don’t exactly go their way.
Tangle makes people feel good! The sensory and motor stimulation Tangle provides has been found to help stimulate and maintain attention. It’s also a great tool as a means to relieve stress and anxiety. The shape, color, texture and visual impact of Tangle stimulates the brain and makes Tangle a fun and functional toy for children and adults alike. You can even purchase multiple Tangles and connect them to create longer and more colorful Tangles! Tangle is available at Walmart and Toys “R” Us.
Toys that encourage children with ADHD to play outdoors and burn off their excess energy are always a good idea. Ball Hoppers, which are similar to a yoga balance ball and on which kids sit on and bounce, are a great way for children to jump off their extra energy.
The PlasmaCar is a plastic ride-on toy car designed for children. It is especially useful for kids with ADHD, because it has to be propelled by wiggling the front steering wheel, which is attached to two pivoting wheels touching the ground. If anything, ADHD kids are experts on wiggling!
Children with ADHD love this Kinetic Sand that is soothing on their hands and that lets them make whatever they want — without the messy cleanup! The sand sticks to itself, so children can use their imaginations to build castles, sculptures, or anything they can dream up. Kinetic Sand is also relaxing and can help a child with sensory issues learn to calm down and self regulate.
The Flippy Chain Fidget Toy by Tom’s Fidgets is a handcrafted heavy duty fidget that keeps your fingers busy and your mind focused on what’s really important. I personally have three of them in my house! Flippy Chains are made of material that will not rust or corrode and are designed to be 100% silent. They also make excellent stocking stuffers and small gifts.
Playmags provide children with hours of educational entertainment! Recommended for ages 3+, Playmags give children with ADHD an opportunity for greater fun, along with some basic fundamentals of different dimensions like physics, geometry, math, spatial reasoning and architecture.
If video games are your kid’s cup of tea, it can’t hurt to sneak some educational value in them! Minecraft is a fun game that incorporates planning skills and time management — both important skills to develop in ADHD brains!
Delight the wiggler in your life with the Teeter Popper — and the freedom to rock, wobble, and pop in safety. The curved seat and ergonomic handles are perfect for getting the wiggles out while watching TV, and the suction cups covering the Teeter Popper’s bottom will allow your kid to pop and unpop — getting a fun sensory experience at the same time.
This fun liquid motion bubbler timer contains a reservoir at each end from which a colored, viscous liquid drips and drops down a series of set pathways until they finally pool in the base. Then turn the timer over to watch it happen all over again! This toy also provides a positive distraction for children with ADHD when they are stressed.