5 Important Reminders When Buying Toys For Differently-Abled Kids
While it is true that most toyshops are not designed to be special needs friendly, a lot of toys are suitable for differently abled kids. But you do need to know which kinds of toys are suitable for your particular child. After all, every condition is different and sensory toys are designed to assist and appeal to different kids.
Here’s our guide to helping you choose the right toy for differently-abled kids.
- Safety should come first!
As expected from wise parents, they should always prioritize safety when buying toys for their little ones. There are some toys to avoid such as those that produce too much noise, toys that have tiny parts and those with string that can cause strangulation. The best thing to do is to purchase safe toys from a reliable store like https://www.tinytinyshopshop.com.au/ to keep safety issues at baby.
- Buy tactile toys.
Tactile toys are great for kids that learn through touching and are ideal if your kid fidgets and constantly needs something in their hands to occupy them. What we are talking about here are toys you can squeeze, catch, bend, throw, bounce and pull etc. Toys with different weight, texture and sizes are good for developing gross motor skills.
- Consider adjustability.
Does the toy have adjustable height, speed, sound volume, and level of difficulty? An example of a toy that meets these standards is the Fisher-Price Grow 2 Pro Junior Basketball Set. This play item grows with your child. It has a large basket, which makes it easy for them to score a goal and then you can eventually adjust the height and rim to be smaller to provide additional challenges as they grow.
- Pick toys that improve fine and gross motor skills
Fine motor skills are those which allow your child to grip, hold and handle small objects with dexterity. This ties into holding a pen, getting dressed etc. Gross motor skills are those which allow your child to stand, walk, jump etc. Our favouritre toy for fine motor skills is the Tree Hands Exerciser toys. For gross motor skills we recommend pull along bikes.
- It should promote early learning.
Does the toy provide activities that reflect both developmental and chronological ages? Does it reflect the child’s interests? Buy a learning kit which provides essential activities to prepare a child for kindergarten such as beginning math and reading skills. The creative activities reinforce early education objectives and offer a fun learning experience.
Safety and Durability- Consider the child’s size and strength in relation to the toy’s durability. Can it be washed and cleaned? Where will the toy be used? Will it be easy to store? To use on a wheelchair tray? Is it a toy most any child would like? Does it tie-in with popular books, T.V. programs, movies?
There you go- some important guidelines to keep in mind when buying toys for differently-abled kids. If you’re planning to surprise your little one with a lovely gift, buy a kids plastic cubby house at Tiny Tiny Shop Shop and your kid will thank you soon.