Safe Sensory Toys Help Kids
By Kay Green,
SENSORY INTEGRATION - My youngest child was recently diagnosed with Sensory Integration disorder. And my third child was a kinesthetic learner child. So over the course of time I have founds toys and activities that sensory and kinesthetic children love. I wanted to give my children toys that were safe but gave them sensory input.
TAGGIES BLANKET- Taggies produce a wonderful line of blankies, toys and books with a sensory feel. Taggies have tags of satin ribbon sew in folds all around the edges. Babies love to rub these satin tags between their fingers and on their face. The fleece of the blankets are soft and comfortable. The 12x12 Taggie Small makes a perfect travel companion for babies and toddlers.
TAGGIES TOYS - Taggies also make a Take-a-long toy with the same fleece and tags. It hooks easily to the car seat or stroller to take with you. The newest Taggies product is the I Love You Book with tags sewn on the edges. I love to take these with me in the car seat and stroller. Sensory kids love to have a familiar item they can count on when going to new places. It gives them a calm feeling.
BABY RATTLES - Discovery Toys carries a line of safe sensory rattles that your babies will love. These are the highest quality safe toys your children will love. My favorite is the rain stick rattle. It is filled with bright colored beads the fall up and down the stick making a soothing sounds. I needed to have a good variety of these kinds of rattles and baby toys so I could swap them in and out of our bag keeping her interested.
SHOPPING CART COVERS - Shopping carts present a new challenge for sensory kids. They want to experience everything, and most through their mouth. I always worried if the last child in that seat was ill or well? And have you ever had a diaper leak in the cart UGH So I found a great shopping cart cover that not only protects my child but also gives them a sensory delight with attached toys and fabrics that make a great crinkle noise that my baby loves.
GAME BOY - As Haley has gotten to preschool age I was looking for a take a long toy that gives her sensory input. This is especially important when taking her to new environment. A friend gave her a used older Game Boy color. I was able to find age appropriate games for her at some game resale shops. I can put in ear phones which keeps the game much quieter. She has really enjoyed this.
TRAMPOLINE - Another great sensory item that we obtained is a small jogging trampoline. It is small enough tot fit in my living rooms. Haley loves to bounce and then jump to the couch or into the bean bag chair. I taught her counting using this trampoline. I found one for under $30 at Fred Meyer.
EXERCISE BALL - I also purchased a 65 cm exercise ball. Haley loves to roll and bounce on it. To give her added sensory feedback I have her sit one it. Then I hold her by the hips and roll her side to side. She works at bringing her body back to center, It is hard work and gives her a great sensory work out.
As you can see I have found some great toys and activates for my children. I have learned that meeting their sensory needs makes them calmer and more in tune with their world. Having an appropriate sensory diet each days makes us all happy. If you have found some great sensory toys please let me know so I can add them to my list.
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Articles written by Kay Green, Child Safety Expert, and Christian mom to Melissa 30 (married to Matthew), Jordan 27 (married to Katie), Allison 25, Haley 12. Kay and Russell, her husband of 33 years live in rural Oregon.
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Kay was born December 2006. Twin grandsons Micah & Mason
May 2009. Granddaughter Emma Kate was born in September 2010.
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