10 Toys to Give to a Child with Special Needs This Holiday Season


Black Friday is only a couple of days away! If you’re like me, you’ll stay at home and shop online. Otherwise, you’re preparing your shopping list and getting your running shoes ready for your 4am wake up call. Either way, there are a variety of toys out there that can help the special needs child in your life have fun and develop new skills. You can find them at online specialty stores, or even at your local Toys-R-Us.

VTech Move and Crawl Ball for ages 6-36 months helps to develop cause and effect thinking as well as hand coordination.

Wedgits for ages 2+ and Wee Wedgits for ages 12 months + are award winning, multi-dimensional building sets that can stack and nest together, promoting tactile exploration and helping children to develop motor skills.

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorters for ages 6 months – 3 years involves sorting shapes and helps all children improve their fine motor skills.

Laurie Stack and Sort Boards for ages 2 – 5 helps to develop matching, counting and problem solving skills.

Twig for ages 3+ is an award winning building toy that offers open-ended play while improving fine motor skills.

3-D Feel and Find for ages 3+ uses wooden shapes and printed tiles to help children develop visual and tactile skills.

Learning Resources Smart Snacks Trail Mix & Match for ages 2 – 6 uses textures and hands-on fun to help develop fine motor skills and teaches counting and matching.

Language Memory Matching Game for ages 5+ is an award winning game that is great for children with language or developmental delays as well as learning disabilities and autism.

Enchanted Forest for ages 6+ is a board game that helps children with concentration while working to increase vocabulary, improve memory, inspire imagination, and build self-esteem.

Socially Speaking Game for ages 7+ uses role-play and problem solving to help improve social skills and language.

This is just a sampling of the fun and functional toys that are available to help your child develop new skills and refine the ones they have. Happy Shopping!

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About Nancy

I am a freelance writer focused on parenting children with special needs. My articles have been featured in numerous parenting publications and on www.parentingspecialneeds.org. I am the former editor and publisher of Vermont HomeStyle Magazine. I am a wife and mom to a two daughters, one with cystic fibrosis and one who is a carrier for cystic fibrosis.

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