Get ready to infuse sensory magic into your children’s holiday with sensory-friendly stocking stuffers! We’ve searched the Therapro shelves for products that can help your sensory seeking children; here’s a peek at some of our favorite stocking stuffer ideas to engage and delight your sensational kiddos.
Visual Vibes 🌈
Revolving Tops: Watch Them Go
The vibrant colors and long spinning motion of these tops make them an excellent visual stimulator. As the tops twirl and spin, they create a mesmerizing display of colors, capturing the attention of children with sensory challenges. These tops not only engage the visual sense but also provide a delightful auditory experience as they whir and spin.
Theraputty Sparkle Exercise Putty: Visually Stimulating
Sparkle putty adds a touch of visual magic to the sensory experience. The glittering effect inside the putty creates a visually appealing texture, making it both a visual and tactile delight. The vibrant red or yellow colors enhance the overall sensory engagement, providing a unique and festive stocking stuffer.
Wind Up Toys: Assorted Characters with Chomping, Waddling, Hopping, and Spinning Actions
Wind-up toys offer a playful and visually engaging experience. With a variety of characters that chomp, waddle, hop, spin, and more, these toys provide both visual and auditory stimulation. Watching the whimsical movements of these wind-up toys can be particularly captivating for children who seek sensory experiences.
DNA Ball : Filled with Mini Spheres in Neon Colors
The DNA ball is a visually stimulating toy filled with mini spheres in bright neon colors. The twisting and turning motion of the ball, combined with the vibrant colors, create a visually dynamic experience. This sensory-friendly stocking stuffer not only engages the visual senses but also encourages exploration and manipulation.
Tactile Treasures 🤗
Tangles: Twistable and Textured
Tangles are twistable and textured fidget toys that offers a tactile outlet for restless hands. With its interconnected pieces, children can twist, turn, and fidget to their heart’s content. The tactile feedback from the textured surface (textured, fuzzy, or textured metallic) can be calming and engaging.
Senseez: Handheld Sensory Soothables
Senseez® Handheld Sensory Soothables are handheld sensory tools that offer both tactile and proprioceptive input. The added benefit of washable covers makes them practical for regular use. Choose Cow, Turtle, or Jellyfish.
Koosh Ball: Shaggy, Shakable, Squeezable Fun
The Koosh Ball is a classic tactile toy that provides a unique sensory experience. Its shaggy texture invites children to shake, squeeze, and even throw the ball. The varied tactile input from the soft, rubbery strands can be both entertaining and soothing.
Boinks Fidget: Marble-Filled Mesh Tube for Quiet Fidgeting
The Boinks Fidget is a discreet and quiet tactile tool that fits into the palm of the hand. The mesh plastic tube holds a marble inside, allowing for subtle manipulation. The gentle movement of the marble within the tube offers tactile stimulation without creating noise, making it an ideal fidget for various environments.
Auditory Adventures 🔊
Mini RainBoMaker: Calming Sounds of Falling Rain
The RainBoMaker produces the gentle, soothing sound of falling rain when inverted. This auditory experience can be particularly calming. It provides a predictable and rhythmic sound made by tiny, colorful beads. The special prism in the walls of the RainBoMaker create a rainbow of colors for added visual stimulation.
Noise Putty: Squish and Create Funny Noises
Noise Putty adds an element of surprise and amusement to auditory play. Children can squish the putty with their hands to create funny and entertaining noises. This tactile and auditory combination makes noise putty a versatile and engaging stocking stuffer.
Rapper Snappers : Attention-Grabbing Sounds
Rapper Snappers are accordion-like plastic tubes that stretch out and push back together to produce surprising sounds. Children can create noises by talking or making sounds into the opening of the tube. The tactile feedback of stretching and compressing the tube adds an interactive element to auditory play.
Whistles and Blow Toys: Fun Auditory Exploration
Whistles and blow toys add an element of interactive auditory exploration to playtime. Level 1 whistles require minimal pressure increase over regular breathing, making them accessible and enjoyable for children with sensory challenges. Here are some recommendations:
Olfactory Wonders 👃
Scented Dazzlin’ Dough: Fruity Scented Modeling Material
Scented Dazzlin’ Dough combines the tactile pleasure of modeling material with snazzy colors and fruity scents. Made with natural food-grade ingredients, this dough engages both the olfactory and tactile senses. Children can enjoy the sensory experience of molding and shaping while being enveloped in delightful scents.
Happy Senso Sensory Gel: Refreshing Scents in a Fun Sensory Gel
The Happy Senso Sensory Gel comes in a convenient 6.9 oz. spray can, offering a variety of delicious scents, including mint, tropical, sweetness, and neutral. This sensory gel provides a unique olfactory experience through the sense of smell. A quick spray can introduce refreshing scents into the hands, contributing to a positive sensory atmosphere.
Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers: Multi Sensory Exploration
Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers come in a 2-pack with one smooth and one knobby topper. Gentle scents/flavors to choose from include: grape, mint, spearmint, and orange. Chewies with scents offer a multisensory experience by combining olfactory and gustatory senses. The pleasing scents add an extra dimension to oral exploration, providing a calming and enjoyable experience for sensational children.
Oral Bliss 😋
Chewable Jewelry : Stylish, Wearable, and Orally Satisfying Necklaces and Bracelets
Chewable jewelry makes for the perfect sensory-friendly stocking stuffer. When it comes to chews there are many options to choose from, here our some of our favorites:
- Chewelry: Stylish necklaces and bracelets that serve as a safe alternative to chewing on clothing.
- Space Jet Chew: A wearable chew with a space-themed design, providing a safe outlet for oral stimulation.
- Brick Stick Textured Chew Necklace: Featuring textured surfaces, this chew necklace is designed to help calm, soothe, and self-regulate.
- Chew Tags: Safe and wearable, these dog tag-shaped chews offer a discreet solution for children who need to chew.
- Parachewer Bracelets: Parachewer Bracelets are cool and discrete chewable bracelets made of non-toxic nylon paracord and colorful tubing. They are durable and designed to withstand the toughest of chewers, offering a stylish and orally satisfying accessory.
Pro tip: need help deciding which chew is best, check out Therapro’s Choose Your Chew Handy Guide!
Vestibular Ventures 🕺
Move Your Body Thumball: An Interactive Movement Guide
The Move Your Body Thumball is a soft, squeezable 4″ size ball that fits perfectly into a stocking. Catch the ball and look at where the thumb is positioned to find directions for a physical activity to perform. This interactive and tactile tool encourages movement and provides a fun way to engage in physical activities.
Move Your Body Fun Deck : 60 Movement Activities
The Move Your Body Fun Deck is a collection of 60 movement activities on colorfully illustrated cards, with game ideas included. Stored in a cute tin container, these cards offer a variety of movement options to keep things interesting. These cards encourage physical activity and engagement.
Yoga Dice: Simple Movement Game for Focus and Flexibility
Yoga Dice is a simple movement game that helps increase focus and flexibility while teaching 36 yoga poses. Roll the dice to determine the pose and engage in a calming and physically beneficial activity.
Proprioceptive Pleasures 🤲
Soft Wrist Weights : Gentle Proprioceptive Stimulation
Soft Wrist Weights encircle the wrists and provide gentle weight. They come in a pack of two and weigh 1/4 of a pound. Made of cozy blue fleece stretch fabric, these weights stimulate the proprioceptive system. The snug fit over the wrists offers a comfortable and subtle way to incorporate proprioceptive input.
B-Buddy Hand-Held Chew : Versatile Chewy for Jaw Stimulation
B-Buddy Chews provide proprioceptive input to the jaw and muscles of the mouth. This versatile chewy offers several ways to apply stimulation and is available in a smooth or bumpy texture for light to moderate chewers. The various textures allow for personalization based on individual preferences and needs.
And there you have it! A sensory wonderland awaits your sensational little ones. Mix, match, and watch the joy unfold as they unwrap these sensory-friendly stocking stuffers. Happy Holidays and a season full of sensory joy to you and your family from Therapro! 🎄🌈✨
Guest Blogger: Filomena Connor, MSOTR, Retired