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Best Sensory Toys and Learning Gifts 2020 Ultimate Guide

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Subscriptions

Sensory TheraPLAY Box
Yes, there’s actually a sensory subscription box created by an OT! It’s amazing and a great way to get new sensory toys every month.

HOOT for Kids
Isn’t this the cutest? Each month, the HOOT team curates a box of toys and activities based on each kiddo’s age and developmental stage.

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The Preschool Box
This box is especially designed to help preschoolers learn. There are over 16 activities in each box!

Groovy Lab Box
Each month, kids get a new STEM experiment to try out. Best for older kids.

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The Orange Art Box
Art is so valuable for kids–fine motor skills, sensory exposure, creative development, the list goes on and on. This is a great art subscription to keep kids artsy.

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We Craft Box
This is another great choice for a craft subscription box for kids!

Science and Building Toys

When we’re talking about the best sensory toys and learning toys, can it get any better than science?! These toys are not only really fun, they also get your child excited about science. All of these toys also have a sensory component so that you’re getting a double whamy of learning and sensory fun. Here are some of the greatest building toys and the best science gifts for kids!

Outdoor Toys

In an age of video games, TV shows, and computer programs (not knocking them, I love them too), sometimes it’s nice to have motivation to go outside. The great outdoors is a great place to learn. Not only is the fresh air a great thing for little learning brains, it offers lots of opportunities to have new experiences. To add to that, going outside provides a carnival of sensory fun. We’re talking about dirt, leaves, wind, rain, rocks, worms, dragons, heffalumps (ok, maybe not those). All you need to do is go outside in order to get your kid learning and exploring. When looking for sensory gifts, these outdoor activities are a sure bet.

If you really came here looking for fidgets, check out my post on why fidgets work and my 5 favorite fidgets for ansty kids.

Sensory Toys for Toddlers

Of course, learning begins from that first shocking moment that a screaming baby comes into the world. Start those first formative years off right with sensory and learning toys that will give your kid a strong foundation as they grow and develop.

And if you’re looking for toys for our even younger kiddos, check out my list of toys and products that are perfect for sensory play for babies.

Best Sensory Toys

While all of the toys in this list have sensory components, these toys are hard core sensory focused. We have your classic kinetic sand, some fun balance tools, and a number of great options for acclimating a child to the sounds and textures around them. Check out this group of best sensory toys for kids!

Slime is a great DIY sensory toy! Learn some of my best slime recipes that you can make at home.

Emotional Regulation Toys

Sensory Swings & Movement Toys

Some of the best sensory toys aren’t toys at all; they’re swings! Not only will it be impossible to get your kid out of their sensory swing, they’ll also get some great therapeutic benefit from it as well. Whether you’re looking for gifts for kids with autism, or your favorite sensory seeker, swings are a great choice. These are some of the best sensory swings I’ve found.

Learning Crafts

Let’s get creative! Have you child show off their crafting skills with these fun learning crafts that will teach them new skills. Your child may not end up as a designer on Project Runway, but they’ll develop their fine motor skills and have fun while doing it.

Activity Books

Maybe you have a long car ride coming up or your kiddo can’t sit still in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. Maybe you just want old fashioned paper and pencil instead of an iPad. Well, these activity books are a great way to enhance learning while on the go.

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