Thinking of Christmas gifts for the whole family and extended family each year is hard enough. If you have a child with special needs it can be even more difficult finding a christmas gift for them that will be meaningful and also be beneficial to them. Many toys and games have sounds, sights or smells that may be difficult for a child with special needs to handle. I have compiled the ultimate Christmas gift guide for the children with special needs in your life.
Not only are these gifts fun for them, they are also helpful for them in dealing with their special needs diagnosis as well as helping out their parents financially. Many times families who have children with special needs have tight budgets due to special treatments, therapists, medications and doctors. Being able to help bless a family with some items they can use in their day to day life and that they children will enjoy is so helpful!
I have all of the gifts listed under categories. If you know a child with special needs who are struggling with certain skills, then just scroll down and look for the corresponding category and see what toys or items are listed there. Some toys or items may be beneficial for more than one skill, however, for this ultimate Christmas gift guide list, I have just listed them once.
Gift Guide for Fine Motor Skills
Many of these toys and gift ideas are also great for bilateral coordination (using both sides of the body together), eye-hand coordination, pre-writing skills, and sensory activities!
** These items are also good for calming and focusing/fidget toys.
- Scissor Skills Activity Pad
- Art supplies
- Sticky Foam Mosaics
- Building Blocks
- Play Dough **
- Froggy Feeding Fun Fine Motor Game
- Pegs & Pegboard Set
- Lacing Card Set
- Letter Construction Activity Set
- Thinking Putty **
- Hungry Monkey Motor Skills Game
Gift Guide for Gross Motor Skills
Again, many of these are also good for bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, and sensory activities.
** These items are also good for calming and focusing toys.
- Toss Game
- Ring Toss Game
- Scooter Board with Handles
- Therapy and Exercise Ball
- Large Rhythm Scarves
- Gross Motor Hoops
- Mini Trampoline **
Gift Guide for Everyday Life Skills
- Toy Tool Set
- Wooden Tea Set
- Wooden Instrument Set
- Wooden Kitchen Accessory Set
- Wooden Cutting Fruit Set
- Playtime Veggies
- Wooden Sandwich-Making Set
Gift Guide for Sensory Toys
- Hyperflex Stretchy String
- Wooden Puzzle Fidget
- Sensory Light Tactile Wand
- Sensory Chair Cushion
- “Chew”lery Chewable Jewelry
- Weighted Blanket
- Weighted Lap Animal
You will notice a lot of these toys are wooden toys or ones with a lot of different textures. Try to stay away from plastic toys. Wooden toys are much better for sensory exploration than plastic.
Before buying a gift for a child with special needs, PLEASE talk to their parents to see what types of sensory inputs to avoid, or ones that they enjoy the most. The worst thing would be to buy a toy for a child and then have that toy set them off behavior wise.
As always, do not leave children unattended while playing with any of these items, and please be aware of those with small objects that could pose a choking hazard to young children.
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