Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of children worldwide. It can be difficult for parents and relatives to know how to best support a child with this disorder, especially when it comes to toys and playtime. Fortunately, there are many toys available that can help children with ADHD manage their challenges while still having fun. Let's take a look at some of the most beneficial toys for children with ADHD.
Toys that encourage imaginative play
Imagination is an important tool for children with ADHD. Toys such as building blocks, Lego sets, playdough and other creative activities not only provide entertainment but also allow children to explore their creativity in a supportive environment. These types of toys give children the opportunity to express themselves without the fear of judgement or criticism from others. They also help boost self-confidence by allowing them to create something unique and special out of simple materials.
Games that promote executive functioning skills
Executive functioning skills are essential for managing tasks such as organisation, time management, planning ahead and problem solving. Games such as chess or checkers can help strengthen these skills in children with ADHD as they learn how to strategise and think ahead when making moves on the board. Other games like card games or board games provide opportunities for children to practice taking turns, following rules, listening carefully, practicing impulse control and thinking things through before making decisions. For a game that can help build a ‘stop and think’ habit, check out our Impulse Control game, specifically designed for children with ADD or ADHD. We offer this and other games help to develop attention and concentration to support kids who need help staying focused on one task at a time—a vital skill for managing symptoms of ADHD.
Toys that stimulate sensory input
Sensory input is vital for helping kids with ADHD manage their emotions and respond appropriately in situations where they may feel overwhelmed or anxious. Toys like kinetic sand, bubble tubes or spinning tops give kids something tactile to focus on while providing calming visuals that can help relax overstimulated minds. Sensory input can also be found in certain types of music therapy instruments designed specifically for kids with ADHD, which offer auditory stimulation that can help reduce stress levels and emotional outbursts often associated with this disorder.
Questions? The team at Fun Stuff can help
Managing ADD or ADHD symptoms can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If your child has ADD or ADHD and you have specific questions about which of our large range of educational and therapeutic resources might be helpful, don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 FUNSTUFF (1300 386 788) or fill out our handy contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.