Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
My kids are older now at fourteen and fifteen, so not really considered children as they are in the teen years. Mine are boys so I tend to locate items suitable for the male population. Some of these are products on my wish list, while others they would have liked if these were around when they were younger.
Dokedo Putty My older son Nicholas loves playing with this scented play putty. He makes animal creatures with them, mixes up the colors for larger creations. They are easy to shape and get back into the container. There has not been any issue with the putty sticking to his fingers or furniture. Nicholas tends to wash his hands fairly often and no complaints about this product. It is fun for traveling to keep occupied in car, train or plane and great to place in stocking and give to classmates as Year-end gifts.
Snap Bags are found at the Sensory Integration section at Toys for Autism website. I am considering getting these for my nonverbal son Matthew. You can throw and link them together. What caught my attention was the recommendation that "They create a calming presence when all six are attached and used as a shoulder or lap weight. " This would work well at the classroom once the New Year starts.
Dino Claw Stilts at Sensory Comfort looks like something Nicholas would have enjoyed when he was younger. He even confirmed this when he saw it on the computer screen. He is still interested in Dinosaurs and the neon green color is neat. This does require adult supervision and recommended for kids over the age of five.
Skoodlez I came across these cute stuffed animals and had to save it on my computer. They are available for $14.99 at Macy's. This is a good gift idea for the kid that is traveling or wants something unusual on their bed to cuddle with. I like the flapjack duck and the cat. I have a feeling our cat would like them too.
The following are products I have on my wishlist at Amazon. Some might be purchased for the holiday season and others for birthdays and other times.
The Sensory Belt is an item I would like to try at school for my nonverbal son Matthew. The large size is good for bigger kids. They have available a smaller size for elementary age children.
The Sensory Brush is another must have item I need to purchase and good for a stocking stuffer. Brushing and trying joint compression at school with the Occupational Therapist is how I want the New Year to start.
Since Matthew really enjoys Dumbo I placed The Blue Elephant on our wishlist based on the positive reviews and also the colorful DVD cover looks appealing.
I keep contemplating whether a Table Top Air Hockey Game would be suitable for Matthew. It looks like it could fit on the kitchen island and even the coffee table. Storage does not look to be a problem either. This would be a lot easier and cheaper to test out. It might be a way for both boys to engage together too.
My 13 year od son Nicholas has a variety of interests. Here is a sampling of presents I am considering for him that are on the wish list.
I have tried successfully to get some Nintendo DS Games that are not about animals specifically while expanding his knowledge into other areas. I think the Battleship/Connect 4/Sorry/Trouble fits into that category. These ar games of skill and chance that will keep the learning process flowing.
Nicholas loves to read about Zoos online so I did not hesitate to place America's Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans & Families on the list. He already has Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection and the DS game.
I wish the Simtec FunSlides Carpet Skates were around when I was a kid. It would have been fun in the basement. I am toying with the idea since it is a one size fits all, so if neither of them like it I can give it a try. This could be a surprise under the tree on Christmas morning.
I like having a new board game every year and found the Blokus Classic appealing and possibly of interest for both my sons.
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