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Children with sensory integration disorder have challenges with motor skills and other sensory abilities like touch, sight, movement or even challenges in multiple senses. Certain toys and games may help with these sensory processing challenges through fun activities that suit the child’s own sensory processing needs.
Moon sand is the highest rated toy for kids with sensory integration disorder. Moon sand can be used several times, doesn’t dry out and can be sanitized. Moon sand is great for children who either shy away from touching anything or love to pick up everything. Store and use it in the small portable sand tray with shovels and cups to play a game of “dig for treasure” or try out the Sand Tray Play Therapy Starter Kit for a great assortment of miniatures to play with in the sand.
- Does not dry out
- Light to the touch
- Can be used several times
- Can be sanitized
- Comes in several colors—white, blue, purple, pink
The Koosh Ball is better for developing motor skills. It’s squeezable and can also be used as a stress ball. At 3” in diameter, it’s great for even smaller kids, but only recommended for ages 3 and up.
- Used as stress ball
- 3” diameter
- Made of natural latex rubber
- Several colors and designs available
- Ages 3 and up
Similar to Koosh balls, the sensory balls are not as soft and made more for bouncing. They are bigger than something a toddler can squeeze. Sensory balls have a unique texture and kids of all ages like them for juggling, playing catch or games like monkey in the middle.
- More for bouncing, juggling, playing catch
- Unique texture
- For kids of all ages
- Different colors and sizes
For kids who need something for their hands, but don’t want to play with a ball, check out Perplexus puzzle toy. Perplexus is a puzzle inside of a sphere that you solve by turning and flipping the sphere. Perplexus puzzle toys help kids develop dexterity and motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
- Puzzle inside a sphere solved by turning and flipping the sphere
- Several puzzles available—including one called Epic labeled as the most difficult to solve
- Helps develop dexterity, motor skills and hand-eye coordination
- Sphere is smooth—for kids who don’t want texture on their toys
- No set-up, cleanup or batteries
Kidoozie Hop and Squeak Pogo Jumper
The Kidoozie Hop and Squeak Pogo Jumper is for younger kids up to teenagers and adults with sensory integration disorder. This pogo jumper has comfort grip handles and wide bottoms so kids don’t have to fight to keep their balance. The jumpers work great for high sensory seekers and kids with low muscle tone.
- Comfort grip handles
- Young children up to teenagers
- Used both indoors and outdoors
- Wide bottoms
- Can hold up to 250 pounds
- Good for kids with low muscle tone
Including these toys and games in family activities can help develop motor skills and other sensory abilities for your child’s own sensory processing needs.