6 Sensory and Focus Gifts For an ADHD Tween
It’s almost Josh’s 12th birthday. How the heck did that happen? Just yesterday, he was a babe in my arms sleeping peacefully while I fed him his…well, he’s a great big (often smelly) preteen now, about to start 7th grade next week and he’s about to be TWELVE!!
Josh has severe ADHD as many of you know and he also has sensory issues. He picks his nails until they bleed and become infected and ingrown and the skin has to be taped back to allow the nails to grow back in. We’re talking fingers and toes here. I like to provide him with a number of fidget toys to keep his hand ocupado so he picks less. Some of his favorites are Elmer’s Glue (he likes to pour it on his hands, rub it until it’s dry, and peel it off in satisfying sheets), and his collection of fidget spinners. But as all ADHD parents know, Fidget Spinners are a no-no during learning time and glue is not conducive to—well anything having to do with paper or computers. I have a few ideas for sensory toy gifts however!
He has a few things; some Tangle Jr’s and a neat new Infinity Cube he plays with incessantly right now (here’s the link).
But I’ve found some new and exciting toys that I’m going to be getting for his birthday that I thought might interest other ADHD parents. Of course there’s the now familiar Fidget Cube. He has one, but I’m going to get him this neat flame colored one, as well as this cool oceany one.
There’s also the 12 Sides Dodecagon Fidget Cube. I’m getting him these two, this black one and this blue one.
Fidget Dodecagon –12 Side Fidget Toy Relieves Stress and Anxiety Cube Anti depression cube for Children and Adults with ADHD ADD OCD Autism (B2 Black colorful)Fidget Dodecagon –12-Side Fidget Cube Relieves Stress and Anxiety Anti depression cube for Children and Adults with ADHD ADD OCD Autism (B3 Blue sky)
I’m going to be presenting them to him in this neat treasure chest. It’s not highly rated, but none of the bigger treasure chests on Amazon seem to be and I think this one will suit our purposes nicely. It will neatly and stylishly hold all his fidget toys in one easy spot on his desk.
But what I’m most excited about are the water beads I found. These amazing tiny marvels are meant for little kids, but are also great for older kids with sensory stuff. They, “encourage sensory exploration by creating a soothing tactile experience. They promote developmental learning by helping kids with color recognition, counting and fine motor skills and language development. Parents, teachers, and therapists love these sensory table toys for home & clinical use. Sensory Jungle water beads are 100% nontoxic, safe for toddlers & kids age 3+.” Josh is going to love them and I am going to give them to him in this plastic storage bin which he can take with him to the sofa for TV time, to Grandma’s, in the car, and on vacation!
And if you’re interested, Josh is also getting a Go Pro plus accessories for his birthday. Photography is wonderful for ADHD. It is a passion that should be nurtured and encouraged. It gets them outside, really helps them focus, and fosters a love of adventure. Go Pro is the best camera for an active kid because they’re water and play proof and not outrageously expensive (I’m getting Josh’s used but factory refurbished, a perfectly good model for 200 bucks and adding Photoshop Elements for $80—a program that my tech savvy son will have no issues learning). The Go Pro takes still photos and video and can be strapped to a bike helmet, the chest, a tree, left out overnight to film squirrels, can shoot underwater, be bounced on a trampoline, and so much more. I cannot wait for Josh to open his Go Pro. He has wanted one for so long.
GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera (Built-in Wi-Fi, 1080p Movie, 10MP Photo, Waterproof to 131’) (Certified Refurbished)Adobe Photoshop Elements 15SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA)Small Case for GoPro Hero5, 4, 3+, 3, HSU Carrying Case for Action Cameras and GoPro Accessories
What are some cool sensory and focus toys you could recommend to us? Does your child have a favorite fidget toy or two? What is his or her hobby and does it help them concentrate? Are you planning for Christmas yet? (I HAVE to get started this early or I’ll never get everything in time!). Are you buying your children sensory play items for their birthday or the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!