Top 9 Toys for Autistic Toddlers: Everett's Favs
I know we have mentioned a few times that we were compiling a list of some of the best toys and sensory toys that we have tried and love. Everett is pretty picky, so these are the ones that made the cut.
Okay, so this one has been a long time fav. Everett has been OBSESSED with these since the moment he opened the set. This Train Toys Magnetic Set Includes 3 Engines and a wooden box to house the cars. Magnetic play sets and felt storyboards and visuals are popular activities for kids with autism and make terrific tools for teaching children with autism and other special needs. Click to check out this train set
Riwbox RB-7S Rabbit Kids Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones can be expensive. You can grab a pair of these for only $29 bucks! Everett literally walks around with these on without any music playing. I'm sure later on in life they will work great with his tablet, but now they are mainly for noise canceling. These are foldable and Bluetooth enabled. They also have a LED light up design in red/blue/green LEDs can blink and change colors with the rhythm of the music being played. Click to check these out!
Jumbo Garbage Truck Toy
I ended up buying 2 of these and I am so glad I did. The boys both loved them! The truck is fully functional and even comes with different bins. It's equipped with light and sounds and the back opens up so that they can stick things inside. The arm on the truck also goes up and down. Seriously so cool! Great practice of improving cognitive development, hand-eye coordination, problem solving, motor skills during endless fun!
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog
This chunky little guy has always been a favorite. Spike is great for occupational therapy exercises. His colorful quills help kids build color recognition, sorting, and counting skills through fine motor skill games. Spike is also a great toy for visually impaired children! He has easy to grasp pieces that are just the right size for little toddler and preschool hands to hold.
Melissa & Doug Poke-a-Dot – Old MacDonald’s Farm
This 20-page interactive sturdy board book has buttons to press and “pop” on every page.
Countdown from 10 cows to 1 rooster as you read (and sing!) the Old MacDonald’s Farm song. Poke-a-Dot books encourage language development, counting, and fine motor skills
The dots make different clicking and popping sounds depending on how they’re poked. This is a great sensory item and Everett loves to, as he says, "pop pop" . Check it out here!
Mini Cars & Race Tracks
Everett is addicted to playing with this little set. We go through the color wheel as we label each cars color when we are playing. I honestly think he loves seeing the cars teeter totter down the track back to back. It's a simple little toy, but so much fun for toddlers. The only thing I will mention is that the cars are small so we keep the race car set put away and only have it out when we can supervise.
Mini Pop Tubes
Okay, so I was so skeptical about these at first, but Everett LOVES them. He eats, sleeps, and plays with them. They are always around! They are perfect sensory toys and make the coolest sounds when extended. He also uses them as straws, haha. I don't think they were intended for that purpose, but hey, as long as he is happy, right? They twist, bend and connect. Super fun! They are only $10 bucks, which is awesome if your kid put everything in his mouth like ours does. There is nothing worse than having to replace an expensive toy because your kiddo loved to play and chew on it. They have lasted us a while and are easy to replace if need be.
This may be more of a sensory need than toy, but as an Autism mama I felt the need to put this on the list. There are different letters to choose from and if you search Amazon for "P Chewy Tube" a few option will pop up. These are awesome for those with autistic kiddos that seems to chew or put everything in their mouth. It was actually suggested to us by our occupational therapist and really does help. Please know that this is not limited to infants. It's for any child, any age. Check out an assortment of chewy letter tubes here!
This toy isn't technically called "Mary Moo-Moo". That's just what Everett and I named her. This is the The Learning Journey Learn With Me cow and both of our kids love it! This toy Introduces colors and flavors – each of the colored milk bottles has a color and flavor which children can learn about in ‘discovery' Mode and then test their new skills in the ‘find it!’ mode. This is a fun way to introduce color recognition and learn about different foods and flavors. The back comes off like a piggy bank which makes for easy retrieval. Check out Mary Moo-Moo here!
That's our list! For now anyways, haha. If you find lists like these helpful please comment and let us know! We plan to keep making resources like these for all parents looking for helpful resources. If you ever have any suggestions or need advice, please feel free to reach out. Until next time!