Learning Toys for kids with Autism
Here is the top 8 list of Autism toys that you might need for the kids with Autism since it helps to keep them calm.
1.Simple First Words: Let’s Talk. Priddy Books….
2. 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing. Little Tikes. …
3. Smart Tablet. Fisher-Price. …
4. Sound Puzzles. Melissa & Doug. …
5. Jumpsmart Electronic Trampoline. Diggin’ Active. …
6. Calico Critters Family Camper and Cherry Cruiser. International Playthings. …
7. Hungry Hungry Hippos. …
8. Xbox 360 4GB Gaming System with Kinect.
There are more toys for kids with Autism and here is a never list of toys to help and before you shop remember that these toys will help keep kids calm since Autism kids are just like kids as well but they like different toys as well so here is the list that I recommend helping you on the way.
1.Melissa & Doug Make Your Own Monster Puppet
There are literally hundreds of play possibilities with this silly monster, making it a standout toy for autistic kids. This 30-piece set comes with many interchangeable eyes, ears, mouths and more to help children start to identify facial expression, a skill deficit that often goes hand-in-hand with autism diagnosis. “When kids stick on the mouth that looks like a happy mouth, it helps them recognize what happy mouths look like in real life,” Whitney says. Plus, taking the Velcroed features on and off uses the same muscle group that’s needed to hold a pencil or button a button, bolstering fine-motor skills.
Buy it: $24, Amazon.com
2.Fat Brain Toys Dimpl
Some of the very best special needs toys are really just awesome toys, no matter who’s playing with them. Take the Dimpl from Fat Brain Toys. The concept is simple: five colorful silicone bubbles for toddlers to push, pop, poke and grab. Here, autistic and neurotypical toddlers alike learn cause and effect (push this and it makes a noise), engage their fine motor skills and explore sensory stimulation. All kinds of wins!
Buy it: $15, Amazon.com
3.Fisher-Price My First Thomas & Friends Railway Pals Destination Discovery
Looking for toys for autistic toddlers? Try this train set. Many children with autism adore trains: The wheels go round and round, they lend well to categorizing and train schedules make the concept of time less abstract. But more complicated tracks can cause more frustration than fun. To up the enjoyment, take your play beyond simply chuga-chuging around the tracks. “Talk to the train, tell stories about the train, build an imaginary scenes with the train,” Whitney says. “Use the trains as a stepping stone for more play.”
Buy it: $47, Amazon.com
4.DG Sports Pop-Up Kids’ Ball Pit
Large ball pits can be amazing toys for autistic kids. Why? Because squishing down into this colorful pit allows the balls to essentially massage your kiddo’s body, offering a deep-pressure sensation that many children with autism gravitate to and find very relaxing. Playing in a ball pit is also a way for an autistic child to experience other sensory stimuli—visual, tactile and even auditory—in a fun and safe way.
Buy it: $40 Amazon.com
5.Lakeshsore Learning Bristle Builders
Virtually any kind of building blocks are great toys for autistic children because there are no right or wrong ways to engage—the play possibilities are endless! Plus, blocks are ideal for honing kids’ motor skills. What makes these stick-together / pull-apart blocks especially good toys for children with special needs is the bristly texture that adds some tactile stimuli.
Buy it: $20 LakeshoreLearning.com
6.Educational Insights Playfoam GO!
Move over PlayDoh! Kids with autism often take a special shine to this (nontoxic) molding foam that can be squished, sculpted and rolled into virtually anything, allowing children oodles of tactile stimulation. Playfoam is among the best special needs sensory toys, but it also provides a great fine-motor and creativity boost too. Other major pluses: It’s not sticky, it’s easy to clean up and it never dries out. (We love the carrying case too, so you can always have it with you.)
Buy it: $15, Amazon.com
7.Kidoozie Hop & Squeak Pogo Jumper
A lot of children with autism have an over- or under-sensitive vestibular system, which is part of the sensory system involving balance and coordinating movement. “It’s not uncommon for children with autism to either seek movement, like bouncing or rocking— or avoid it—when they’re looking to regulate how they feel,” Whitney says. If you’ve got a seeker, consider adding kid-friendly pogo sticks to your pile of toys for autistic kids. This one has the added cause-and-effect bonus of creating funny noise each time the child lands.
Buy it: $10, Amazon.com
8.Fat Brain Toys Candylicious Bubbles
“Scented bubbles offer a lot of different sensory stimuli—there’s watching, blowing, smelling, clapping or poking them to pop,” Whitney says. With these Candylicious bubbles, kids can catch them with their tongue too! The set comes with three flavors: tutti-frutti popsicle, chocolate ice cream and cherry gummy bear.
Buy it: $9, FatBrainToys.com
9.KidKraft Classic Kitchenette
Pretend cooking, serving and turn-taking is fun for all kids. And since playing in this pint-size kitchen mimics everyday life and everyday social interactions, it’s helpful practice for children with special needs. “Here, a child has a safe way to practice social skills and pro-social behavior, where the idea of failure isn’t as overwhelming,” Whitney says. Plus, toys like a play kitchen encourage language and identification skills too.
Buy it: $75, Amazon.com
10.Abilitations Teacher’s Pet Weighted Lap Dog
A weighted stuffed animal is one of the best toys for autistic kids because their just-right heft provides sensory input that works to relax and focus the child’s body and mind. Your kiddo can stroke the puppy (named Dot) for additional tactile input that further decreases stress. At 4 pounds, this pup might just be the perfect for companion for your little one.
Buy it: $23, Amazon.com
11.Educational Insights Teachable Touchables
Unlike slick, hard plastic toys, this bag of textures is jam-packed with sensory stimuli that are perfect toys for autistic toddlers. There are 20 different pillows and patches featuring tactile differences, like scratchy, silky and soft textures. An activity guide is included to help moms and dads brainstorm different play scenarios.
Buy it: $19, Amazon.com
12.Lakeshore Learning Jumbo Nuts and Bolts
Nuts and bolts are make for wonderful toys for autistic kids—after all, they’re pretty much the original fidget toy. Plus, there are the added bonuses of fine-motor tuning, open-ended play and the whole no-wrong-way-to-play thing. This bright set includes 80 jumbo-sized pieces that twist together with ease, minimizing frustration.
Buy it: $50 LakeshoreLearning.com
13.Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano
Here, your kiddo can either press a piano key to hear notes or flip a switch to hear fun sound effects. But really, the most fun cause-and-effect aspect of this toy is that each time a piano key is struck, shooting stars emerge. Grown-ups can also remove the arch to let the stars land on the floor, which encourages toddlers to crawl after them.
Buy it: $22, Amazon.com
14.Pacific Play Tents Hide-Me Tent and Tunnel
Some kids with autism (and neurotypical kids too) can become overstimulated by their environment and crave a secret hide-out, away from noise and chaos. This hide-me tent and connecting tunnel does just that.
Buy it: $51, Amazon.com
15.Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
Does your kiddo love animals? Let them practice their social-emotional skills with this veterinary playset, complete with a doggie and kitty that need a little TLC to get back on all four paws. Beyond social/emotional skill-building, these sweet animals—in all of their soft tactile glory—may just morph into comfort companions for your child too. The set comes with 24 pieces, including a stethoscope, medicine bottles, thermometer and more.
Buy it: $26, Amazon.com
16.Matty’s Toy Stop Pull ‘N Pop Multi-Color Tubes
Stretch ’em, pop ’em, twirl ’em—no matter how your child plays with these Pull ‘N Pop Multi-Color Tubes, they’ll get the one-two punch of auditory and tactile stimulation in one fabulous toy for autistic kids. These 24 simple tubes can be bent, snapped together, pulled apart, twirled around and pushed together and make all sorts of cool sounds. All that finger movement bolsters motor skills too, and the bumpy texture offers a unique tactile experience.
Buy it: $30 Amazon.com
17.Ark’s Dino Tracts Chew Necklace
Chewing can be a very effective way for kids with autism to calm and self-regulate themselves. To keep your child’s fingernails, sleeves and fingers teethmark-free, turn to chewelry (chew + jewelry = chewelry), a great on-the-go way to get oral sensory input.
Buy it: $13, ArkTherapeutic.com
18.YUE ACTION Liquid Motion Bubbler
Visual sensory-seekers love toys that offer the calming blub, blub, blub of colorful bubbles moving up and down. This type of visually stimulating toy offers tons of calming entertainment for everyone. (There’s a reason these things are often spotted on the desks of stressed out executives!) When the bubbles stop after two minutes, just flip the toy over and start again.
Buy it: $7, Amazon.com
19.Fat Brain Toys Squigz
Many top-notch toys for autistic kids simply hand control over to the child. “When children have volition over the toys—when they have the ability to turn it into multiple things—great fun and learning happens,” Whitney says. Squigz, for instance, are a bunch of suction-y shapes that stick together (and to various surfaces) to create, well, anything. There’s no wrong way to play. Plus, the push and pull is great for fine-motor building.
Buy it: $25, Amazon.com
20.ArtMinds Wood Castle Dollhouse
Start with this blank castle as a canvas to create the play scenario that best resonates with your child. Here, kids can engage in imaginary play and at the same time work on developing social and emotional skills that’ll serve them well outside of the playroom too.
Buy it: $26 Michaels.com
21.Melissa & Doug Wooden Bear Dress-up
Reading and understanding other people’s facial expressions can be tough for those with autism, so it’s smart to get toys for autistic children that provide fun opportunities to work on this skill at home. Enter: This too-cute bear cub who comes with 18 interchangeable pieces, including different facial expressions, like surprised and sad. It’s also an awesome toy for building hand-eye coordination and dexterity. It all comes in a lidded wooden storage box for on-the-go play.
Buy it: $9, Amazon.com
I recommend all of these toys for the kids with Autism since it helps keep them calm and helps if you are looking for christmas presents or birthday presents for them or even for other kids but please keep in mind you can still get these and other items just to donate during christmas time to help out other families and there kids thank you.