Holidays & HoliDeals! Gift Selections for Those That Are Special to You!
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From gift suggestions from a veteran mom to special holiday gift codes for our readers all put together to help you keep the holiDAZE from happening this year.
It is hard to believe that the time is here to start thinking about the holidays and everything they bring. One large part of the holidays is the quest to find “the perfect gift.” And so the shopping begins!
The thing is, as a parent or caregiver to a child with special needs, be them younger or older, finding a perfect gift can be extra challenging. I know this from personal experience, as I have three children, with my middle child having special needs. She is 23 years old currently, and she is the reason I learned a skill I did not previously possess when shopping for my neurotypical children.
That skill is the ability to look at a toy or item. While seeing its intended use, typically that listed (on the package itself), I can then see its secondary or “hidden” use, the one that could help Elizabeth with some of her special needs. For example: Maybe that new music CD will encourage singing will help with her speech sounds? Or knowing that the down blanket, while cozy, is also heavy enough to double for a weighted blanket. Or recognizing that that packet of fun stickers can help her fine motor skills as she peels them off the paper.
With that in mind, the list I put together is one I made for sharing with you as examples of some pretty fun toys and gift items and how those same toys can help our special children.
Our children can then enjoy the fun of the toy and not know they are working at all. The skill development can be a hidden benefit in good fun that they will want to do over and over again.
Sensory gifts for kids
Orbees Spin and Soothe Hand Spa
What a great sensory experience! Put your hands into the Orbees and experience a relaxing sensory, soothing massage.
Step 2 Ball Buddies Adventure Center Water Table
Bring the fun and calming of water play inside. This table is two-tiered and allows for solo play or for multi-social play to teach sharing and turn-taking.
Encouraging creativity, imagination, and works on eye-hand coordination and fine motor control.
Swing chair (Stand Sold Separately)
Bring the relaxation and organization that swinging brings to your living room. Attractive swing and sturdy swing base. Swing has a 500 lb limit.
Hammock Chair Stand
Games and Quiet Play for Kids
Early Learning Center Wood Shape Puzzle
Children can explore shapes and colors while working on fine motor skills. The puzzle comes with six shapes and a wooden shape sorter.
Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Game
Learn to play in 5 minutes. Have fun working together as a team on this 6 ft board! Helps your child work on memory, focus, and problem-solving skills.
Let’s Go Fishing and Lucky Duck Make a Match Game
Use miniature fishing poles to catch fish. Works on fine motor control and eye hand coordination as your child has fun! Comes with a matching card game as well, which works focus and memory skills.
Lego Classic Brick Set-1500 piece
Encourage creativity and imagination while working on fine motor skills as your child builds whatever they dream about. This set has 1500 pieces that include wheels, windows, doors, and eyes. The possibilities are endless.
Minecraft The Crafting Box 3.0
Perfect for the Minecraft fan. This kit has everything a true Minecraft fan would want. It has familiar Minecraft figures and construction bricks.
Snap Circuits Pro
Build over 500 experiments with 76 parts! There are no tools required; snap circuits simply click together.
Have fun with this original woodblock game. Practice stacking skills and fine motor control as you try not to knock “over or” make the tower tumble down.
Movement Toys for Kids
Walk, Bounce, and Ride Pony
Use three ways as your baby grows from walking to bouncing to riding. Has 50 songs, sounds, tunes, and phrases to introduce colors, alphabet, and numbers.
Eggsnow Spacious Ball Pit
Kids will have a blast playing in the ball pit. Pop up set up makes it easy to use. It can be used inside or outside playing. – Balls Not Included
Poco Diva 6ft. tunnel
Easy pop up set up. Carry bag included. Fun to use for imaginative play. Great to use for exercise and coordination.
Bocci Ball Set with Bag
Enjoy some fun outside. Easy to learn. Have fun together while working on playing together, turn-taking, and throwing skills. Carrying bag included for easy transport.
Bluetooth speaker and wireless microphone. Perfect for taking anywhere.
Enjoy singing and having fun while working on speech and language skills!
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