Playtime is an important part of a child’s development because it’s where children first learn how to interact with the world. Car toys, puzzles, stuffed animals and electronic toys can all offer opportunities to learn different skills. From learning the concept of cause and effect, counting numbers and improving their motor skills, the right type of toy can enhance a child’s cognitive abilities and boost self esteem. Especially for kids with special needs, playtime is a chance to better understand what they need, as well as having lots of fun! Here are four fun toys your kids will love.
Made with natural rubber foam, Rubbabu toys are the eco-friendly sensory toys kids will always reach out for.
Perfect for toddlers, Rubbabu toys come in plenty of shapes and sizes such as animals, vehicles and even building blocks. With soft and velvety textures, these toys offer tactile stimulation, perfect for kids with sensory integration impairments. The bright pops of color can easily attract kids’ attentions and give them hours of imaginative play.
The best part is that they’re made with natural and safe materials making them anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic and mildew-resistant!
Totem by Isabel Fuster
Especially made for kids with a visual disability, Totem focuses on developing memory and problem solving skills through sensory experiences.
Designed by Isabel Fuster, Totem is a set of 12 wooden blocks that come in several unique textures to allow for easy recognition among those with visual impairment. But more than being stackable building blocks, these wooden pieces are also customizable; you can add scented objects, and even bells inside the blocks. Because kids can kids hear, smell and touch the blocks, Totem emboldens them to explore their aural and olfactory skills at a young age.
Leka The Robot
Leka is an interactive toy robot designed for children with autism and other developmental needs.
Developed alongside therapists and parents, Leka is a smart toy that lets kids enjoy educational games through a multi-sensory experience. Thanks to Leka’s interactive responses, children who have a hard time connecting with people can easily play hide and seek, chase, and even play music with Leka. Leka’s also proven to help reduce stress and anxiety among children with special needs by guiding them through daily activities such as brushing teeth, eating meals and so on.
Play Chair by Studio deForm
While not necessarily a toy, the Play Chair combines play and function with its colorful foam pieces.
Combining a wooden chair and fifteen foam building bricks, the Play Chair is a fun stimulating piece that encourages kids to interact with their environment and promote creative thinking. The big foam bricks make it easy for children to pull and carry them around, which is beneficial for kids with cerebral palsy.
Which of these toys are your favorite? We’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
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