25 Budget- Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Sensory-Sensitive Kids
The holiday season is an expensive time of year.
Between buying presents for your kids, family, friends and teachers, traveling to be with family, going to the Nutcracker, taking the kids to see the Grinch, sending holiday cards, buying the Christmas tree, making holiday cookies, buying yourself a cute new outfit to wear on New Year's Eve (ha!)... it's easy to go over budget and feel financially stressed.
To help you stick to your budget, here are 25 sensory toy stocking stuffer picks under $15...
Great for proprioceptive and auditory input. Though, I'm not going to lie, the sound is pretty annoying!
Mini Etch a Sketch
The perfect activity for the ride home from school. Provides fine motor and visual stimulation.
Holiday Reindeer Popper
My boys love this! Gives propriocetive input.
Chewing gum is calming for sensory-seekers. This gum is made with natural ingredients and has a delicious flavor- great for kids like my son who are sensitive to anything "spicy." Appropriate for kids four and older.
Another great activity for sensory-seekers- chomping down on these can be soothing and calming.
A great visually stimulating travel toy.
Perfect for tactile stimulation- your child can stretch, pull, bend, wrap and squeeze them, then watch them bounce back to their original shape.
The slippery texture of this fun little toy provides tactile input.
Great for tactile input and imaginative play.
A great oral-motor activity.
Bug Out Bob
This is the creepiest looking toy, but my boys love it! Gives proprioceptive input and provides lots of laughs.
Eliminate clothing wars with these fabulous seamless socks.
Wooden Puzzle Fidget
Keep your child's hands occupied and challenge his fine motor skills with this wooden fidget.
The ultimate tactile experience (not great for kids with tactile defensiveness).
A inconspicuous way for your sensory-seeker to get proprioceptive input.
Cosmic Ray Wand
A visually stimulating toy that teaches action/reaction.
The "hairy" texture gives tactile input.
Provides visual and tactile input. A great toy to keep on hand to help calm a stimulated child or to give input to an under-responsive child.
Make bath time extra fun with this "gunky green" bath slime. Don't worry, it won't stain. Great for sensory-seekers. If you're child is sensory-defensive, you'll want to ease into it.
A great fine-motor and motor planning activity.
Sensory Play Foam
A low-mess tactile activity.
Spinning Galaxy Light Ball
Great for visual stimulation.
Pull and Stretch Bounce Balls
Provides tactile, proprioceptive and visual input.
The perfect way to give your child sensory input before school and bedtime. Some kids are sensitive to the vibration so tread lightly if you have an over-responsive kiddo.
A parent-approved (read: non-irritating) way for your child to get auditory stimulation.
Here's to helping your child stay regulated during the holidays and to helping you stay regulated when you look at your bank account balance!
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