Special needs kiddies deserve some seriously special toys. I have to admit that I am frustrated with the selection out there. Toys specifically designed for special needs kids are usually grossly overpriced and unavailable in your local toy store. On the other hand, toys made for all children are designed to be tough. But, May can not press down hard on to an object; she needs toys that are very sensitive.
Tough and sensitive. A rare toy combination.
Regardless, I never stop looking for stimulating toys for my daughter. Every time I enter a toy store, I hope I will find something amazing and not think, “She can’t press that/pull that/see that…”
I want to go into a toy store and say, “Yes! My gorgeous girl will love playing with that.”
Thankfully, I’ve found a few. The toys May loves best are the ones that she can easily set off into riot of songs. Usually, they aren’t special needs toys, but toys made for all children.
Here are a few of them:
1. Mozart Magic Cube (Munchkin)
This is a symphonic toy. Each side of the cube starts and stops instruments from playing. Very sensitive to touch. Also, the least irritating songs (to parents) on a toy ever!
2. Spin and Discover Ocean Fun (VTech)
The animals on the side of this toy react very easily and May loves the animals sounds they make. As soon as I turn this on, she goes crazy with happiness. Also, the toy spins, even without pressing on the top. Movement is easier to see for visually impaired children, like May.
3. Tiny Love Classic Mobile (Tiny Love)
I know May isn’t a baby, but she still loves this mobile. The music is soothing. Visually, it remains one of the few toys I know she can see. Just a pleasure. And now, her brother, Ieuan loves it too!
So, those are my suggestions; but, we already own these toys. What toys should I add to May’s holiday gift list? Number one is a Childrite seat, suggested by several readers. May loves her Bumbo seat so I am so excited for May to receive this!
But, May can’t have only one present! She celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas. I need some more suggestions.
What do you think I should add to May’s holiday gift list?
For more toys for special needs kids, see my Babycenter post 7 Amazing Toys for Special Needs Kids.