The 10 Best Toys and Games for Children with Special Needs
These toys and games will encourage learning and sensory play in toddlers, kids, and teens with special needs.
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Educational Insights’ little bag full of textured squares is ideal for little ones just beginning to explore texture and shape. The scratchy, fluffy, silky, rough squares will keep kids engaged for awhile—there are 20 squares to work with!
Kids with special needs can have trouble mastering tasks like buckling belts and tying shoes. This board of belts, buckles, zippers, and buttons will keep your child entertained while allowing him to practice these skills so he can do them on his own clothing in no time! The fact that this is a board also makes it easy to walk away from a task if he gets discouraged. There’s plenty of time to try again and succeed!
This is another educational game that appeals to the senses while teaching color sorting, math, grouping, and hand-eye coordination (thanks to the tongs meant to pick the bears up). Your child can sort the bears by color into their corresponding cups, mix up the colors, play counting games, make color combinations, do a little math, and more while perfecting his use of the tongs.
For some kids with special needs, hearing their toy talk back to them is the ultimate fun (and helps them learn). There are various talking calculators and dictionaries available that will help cement math and vocabulary words into your child’s brain. Many toys feature large LCD displays for kids with visual impairments.
Jenga already encourages coordination and strategy while engaging the touch sense, so making the pieces bigger is a win-win for everyone. Your child will be fascinated as the tower grows taller and taller (the biggest Jenga sets get as tall as some people!). You can write challenges or questions on pieces to make this an intersectional game. For example, one challenge could be for your child to do a math word problem, complete a physical activity, or identify how she’s feeling. Get creative!