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Lexie's Favorites: Best Sensory Fidget Toys

1 Sensory Stixx  // 2 Gaiam Hand Therapy Balls // 3 Chewy Tubes // 4 Sensory Brush // 5 Edushape Sensory Balls // 6 Hair Tangle Junior // 7 Banana Stress Toy

Fidget Toys for Sensory Processing Disorders

Aside from issues with certain foods, our Little Man has "definite dysfunction" in a handful of sensory areas.

I am thankful for organizations like the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation that are working to bring awareness to a condition that affects kids and adults alike, and help me better understand my child.

This year it has become apparent that Little Man benefits from carrying a fidget toy in his pocket. It helps to minimize his touching the gelled spikes on Jermiah's head and from hugging the cute little blonde sitting next to him at Circle Time!

With a fidget toy in hand, he receives some of the sensory input he craves.

This week I thought I would share some of his (and my) favorite fidget toys. In addition to offering input, some of these toys work to strengthen little hands, too. 

Sensory Stixx fidgets offer hand-sized sensory stimulation and draws little attention to itself in order to avoid anxiety from other onlookers. Easily fits in pocket, purse, or book bag and is dishwasher safe.

Designed to strengthen fingers and grip, the three different color-coded Gaiam Hand Therapy Balls offer varying resistances and make great fidget toys. My son especially likes the soft purple one. Not for chewers.

Early on everything went into Little Man's mouth as he sought sensory input. For a time he enjoyed Chewy Tubes. I especially like them for babies and toddlers for their handle grip. These make great teethers, too! 

We first used this tool for body brushing. Our son now uses it as a pocket fidget as it mimics the texture of hair. This brush is a must-try tool for children or adults with sensory processing challenges. 

These Edushape Sensory Balls are great to hold onto during Circle Time as the size requires two little hands to hold them. Recommended for kiddos who know not to throw them, but quiety hold them. 

The Hair Tangle Jr is twisty, turny, squiggly, and squirmy. It has a unique "hairy" feel that is addictively fun to play with and manipulate. Not for chewers.

The Banana Stress Toy is a replica of a real banana. It mushes, stretches and could pass for a real banana! My favorite toy by far. Not for chewers.

I wonder if someone you know uses a fidget toy? At school? At work? I'd love to know what works for them.

Reader Comments (7)

Hi Lexie,
I have yet to find a sensory fidget that works for my 10 year-old son. He still puts everything in his mouth, especially small toys. If he doesn't have it in his mouth, he will use it in ways that distract other students. I recently bought a nubby tangler (similar to what you show) only to learn that it comes apart into pieces about the size of a large piece of macaroni -- not good. (If your child doesn't chew or put things in his mouth, it's great for fine motor work!) One fidget that worked for awhile for him was the blue sticky-tac (used for securing posters etc. to the wall). I remember when he was in kindergarten, it helped to seat him between 2 other kids on the sofa at circle time. The closeness seemed to help calm him.
Thanks for helping to educate others about sensory processing.

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

My first year teaching Comprehensive Life Skills I had a student with sensory issues. He had the body brush in his desk and could use it any time he wanted - very rarely after the first month of school when he was in my room. He also had a piece of cloth that was textured and was smaller than a wash cloth that he could put in his pocket and carry with him. He would use both the brush and the cloth to rub his arms when he got overwhelmed. They both worked beautifully for him because we all ignored him when he was using them (my aides and I did pay attention to it, but didn't let him know we were watching). I was only at that school for the 1 year as they disbanded my program there and put my kiddos somewhere else, so I have no idea how his life has progressed, but he would be 18 now. I don't remember receiving any information in my studies about children with sensory processing difficulties. I did consult with the school OT and got some information, and that was really all the support I got from the school district. Sad, because once you know what to look for, you can see people self-stimming all the time.

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Karen and Susan,

I sure was happy to see your comments. It is so true, when you stop to look around and have eyes of understanding of what is really going on, behavior (whether labelled "bad" or "odd") is understood. And once understood, there or remedies and "helps" that can be provided. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience and tips!


October 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterLexie

What a great list of items, I really like the sensory brush as it can be used in so many different ways.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFinlee and Me

Finleee and Me,

I am glad you liked this list of figgies. We are having great success with one other. I may have to do a post on it :)


February 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterLexie

Great products and so happy to see more and more options come onto the market. My eldest 9 has a large ball of Blue Tak that he can hold and squeeze in class to help him settle and focus. We do whatever can help in any stage :)

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Hi Kate, What a great idea! Our teacher has discouraged us from sending him to school with toys so tips like this are always helpful. Something that he can fidget with but that is not disruptive. Thanks for taking the moment to share. xoLexie

February 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterLexie

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