Top 10 Sensory Toys that Your Kids Will Love!

Top 10 Sensory Toys

From the four corners of the internet, Sky Badger has hunted out these  fabulous gems just for you. So if you have a child with autism, ADHD or if they just love shiny, squishy or fiddly things, then you've come to the right place!

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1. Beans Squishy Toy Pendant

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A must have. How many times have you ended up trying to keep your kids entertained while doing the waiting room shuffle? Well, with this attached to your keys, your troubles are at a (temporary) end. This incredibly cute toy is designed to reduce stress, and they smell and look great...and at under a pound you can't beat it for value for money!

£0.99

2. Mirror Pebbles

Mirror Pebbles

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These are just incredible! Your children will be totally absorbed and mesmerised by this reflective collection of differently sized metallic discs. These smooth, shiny, pebbles will fascinate when laid in paths or stacked. Four different sizes D15cm x 4.5cm and they come as a set of 20.

£65.95

3. Sensory Pillow Led Light

Sensory Pillow Led Light

8/10

This colour changing LED pillow is the perfect bedtime friend for your little ones. A lovely soft pillow with just about the cutest expression too. I can't imagine a nicer way to fall asleep. Fab to take on holiday too for kids like mine that struggle with change...packing a warm smile from home helps that first night in a strange bed while away.

 

£10.46

4. Fidget Toy Cube

Fidget Toy Cube

9/10

Love them or hate them, I bet you still can't stop fiddling with them. This camouflage cube is a nice touch but in essence the fidget cube is one of the very best fiddle toys on the market. With 9 types of movements and textures this should be a permanent feature in every glove compartment and handbag.

 

£6.99

5. Strawberry, Peach & Mango Kawaii Squishies

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7/10

Welcome to the cool kids! These Kawaii swishy fruit are defiantly on the short list for next faddy thing your kids will demand. They have a great slow release texture that is disturbingly pleasing and they smell fab too....also great for a good vent.

Other designs include ice creams, pandas, tofu and a loaf of bread. Japanese Kawaii is cool indeed.

£8.99

6. LED Light Fidget Spinner

LED Light Fidget Hand Spinner

9/10

Well, we couldn't talk about sensory toys without an honourable nod to mother of all fidget toys the Fidget Spinner. With sales in the 10's of millions so far, this is a must have. Although you probably have a few already. This one has the added bonus of lighting up. Hours of mesmerising fun to be had.

£7.99

7. Fluffy Floam Slime

Fluffy Floam Slime

9/10

A great sensory play thing and I found it a woefully addictive fiddle thing as a grown up too. It comes it tonnes of colours and will give you hours of fun. The only down side with products like these is that little fingers like to hide all sorts of stuff in it....my two find disapearing lego men most interesting.

£2.45

8. OPTI Aura Sensory Projector

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8/10

This exceedingly groovy light projector comes from the company that started out doing light shows for Pink Floyd and The Who. There are obviously loads of other projectors on the market that are a lot cheeper but none are as groovy.

£169.00

9. Sensory Floor Tiles

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8/10

Available in green and yellow, red and blue, orange and red or purple and pink, these liquid floor tiles make a seriously funky room for your kids. The coloured liquid in each tile moves about when you press it making  new patterns. Ideal for use in sensory rooms or just for fun.

They're sturdy enough to stand up on too just incase you were worried.

£29.95

10. Pheebsters Sensory Toy fidget Kit

Pheebsters Sensory Toy fidget Kit

9/10

And finally...the bag to sling in the back of the car. A good allrounder with lots to keep happy fingers busy. This kit comes with a flashing spike ball, giggle stick, large bendy figure, slinky spring, twist & lock blcks, bendy monkey and flashing puffer toy. They're all kept neatly in a  drawstring bag. Excellent value too!

£10.99

Browse loads of other sensory toy suppliers here...

Use our directory to find lots of companies who supply sensory toys and kit.

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Education

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Useful technology & kit

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Not sure where to turn?

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Do you need specific help for your disabled or special needs child? Click here to tell us more about what you're looking for and our helpdesk team will do their very best to find you what you need. All of our advice is confidential and we will not share your details or personal information with anyone.

Respite and Babysitting

Respite, Babysitting, Direct Payments & Personal Budgets

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Everyone needs a break. Finding the right babysitter can really improve the quality of your and your child’s life. Your child needs a break from you, too. Whatever your child’s needs, there is always someone out there with the skills to help.

Depending on your child’s needs, you might be able to pay for babysitting through direct payments.

Personal Budgets

The new SEN and Disability reform bill says that your Local Authority needs to prepare a personal budget with your child's care and health plan. Your child's personal budget gives you a lot more choice about the services your child uses to support them. This might include direct payments that you can use to pay your specialist babysitter or respite care provider.

 

How to find a babysitter

Your local authority disabilities team might have a list of carers that they use. Alternatively, if you receive direct payments, your contact there might have a list of preferred agencies. If you want to find one on your own, here are a few places to look.

Your school or special needs school. There may be staff (teacher/teaching assistant/nursing staff) who would like to help out.
Your local hospice. It will often have a specialised outreach team who do respite in-house as well as out and about.
Remember to vet your babysitter carefully and look into their history as much as you can. Your local authority disabilities team will be able to advise you on how to find and vet a babysitter.

You might also find this advice from Directgov on finding and choosing childcare helpful.

 

Need a longer break?

Check out our holiday zone for ideas for short breaks where your child is fully medically supported – many of these are free or low-cost. Alternatively your local hospice may have weekends you can book in advance. Hospices offer support for a whole range of conditions, so check to see if your child might be included.

A lot of local charities also do days out with carers/chaperones. This might include your local Cerebral Palsy or Mencap group. Chat to your disability social worker, school Senco or special needs school to find local groups (Sky Badger will be expanding next year to include a local search facility, so keep checking back). Primary Times also lists local disability activities.

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Direct payments can be used for a variety of services that offer your child stimulation, new experiences and independence. This includes short breaks, nursery placement with specialist support for your child, assistance to attend an activity, and personal care.

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To get help paying for a specialist babysitter for your disabled or SEN child, you should contact your local Authority's disabilities team.

They will chat to you about doing an assessment. You can gets lots of help once you've signed up. Including help for your other children, short breaks and direct payments to cover your babysitter.

Find your local disabilities team using the Sky Badger local offer directory.

Sky Badger can also help you with...

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Education

Find extra help at school, information about Education, Health, Care Plans (EHCP), apps & programmes, tech and IT for supporting learning and sensory activities.

disabled holidays uk

Holidays & Free time

Find holidays, sports, free cinema tickets, theatre, clubs, art, dance, music, days out, make a wish charities and more.

gwvmbgpp-pq-steinar-la-engeland

Useful technology & kit

Find sensory toys, useful technology, trikes and bikes, wheelchairs & mobility.

disabled grants

Finances

Find grants, governemnt benefits and help with your utility and council tax bills.

oqmzwnd3thu-helloquence

Legal stuff

Find out about disability rights, educational and medical law and how to find a specialist advocate or lawyer.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Medical stuff

Find information about your child's medical condition, medicines that they take and mental health support.

Not sure where to turn?

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Contact our helpdesk

Do you need specific help for your disabled or special needs child? Click here to tell us more about what you're looking for and our helpdesk team will do their very best to find you what you need. All of our advice is confidential and we will not share your details or personal information with anyone.

Art, Music, Drama & Dance for Disabled, Autistic & SEN Kids

 

The arts offer a huge range of ways for your child to express his or herself and boost their self-confidence. 

From arts residential weekends for children with cancer and their siblings, to multi-sensory theatre productions for children with multiple learning disabilities, you’ll find dozens of opportunities in these pages.

So if you fancy giving a Rodin sculpture a hug, or dancing like a sugar plum fairy, this is the place to find out how.

Here are a few great ideas to get you started....

 

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The arts offer a huge range of ways for your child to express his or herself and boost their self-confidence. From arts residential weekends for children with cancer and their siblings, to art workshops for children with multiple learning disabilities, you’ll find dozens of opportunities in these pages. So if you fancy giving a Rodin sculpture a hug or if you’re planning a day out, you’ll see that most of the big museums and art galleries have great interactive events for special needs kids either in family or schools groups. Have fun!

A free lending library for pre-schoolers to adults. They cover everything from fine art to space travel to Peppa Pig to Dinosaurs!

Descriptive Folders are available at the Portico. These are free to use. Each folder focuses on two paintings including descriptive text and interpretation in either large print photographic reproductions or  tactile images.

Find loads of other art organisations and ideas...

Use our directory to find lots of groups and adventures.

Music

Music can have enormous benefits for children with physical, emotional, and psychological needs. Music therapy can even help with language development. Technology has opened new doors for special needs children, enabling absolutely everyone to be able to make music for themselves. A great example is soundbeam– a virtual sound machine.

The range of opportunities is extraordinary, from The Squidz Club, which features young DJs and artists in a fun and friendly atmosphere, to The Golden Chord, which translates sheet music into braille. Contact you local authority disability officer and local special needs schools to make sure you’re kept in the loop about special events near you.

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The Squidz Club is a night for young people with learning disabilities (aged 10-25) their friends and families.
Featuring young DJs and artists in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The club is a chance for you to have a good time, make new friends and be yourself!

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Produce music-related and other materials in Braille.

Examples include a piece for an exam, a vocal part for a choral singer, a study score, programme notes, exam papers, books and articles and orchestral parts.

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OpenUp Music empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras. Together we develop accessible musical instruments and repertoire, challenge expectations and forge new progression routes through the creation of great music.

Browse loads of other musical adventures

Use our directory to find lots of other organisations to make sweet music with.

Drama

Drama can be fun and hugely beneficial for disabled kids whatever their needs. It can stimulate their imagination, their social skills, and improve their confidence and communication. It can even help kids cope with challenging times by giving them a platform to express their feelings. Drama groups are also a great way for your child to meet new friends.

Many special needs drama groups will use all sorts of multi-sensory tools like voicebox technology, hydro-therapy pools, trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, animations and puppeteering to engage kids even more. Some professional theatre groups also run workshops for kids, so look through our quick links to see what’s out there.

Graeae champions creative platforms for D/deaf and disabled artists, children and young people through our productions, training and creative learning projects.

They provide empowering workshops and training programmes for young artists, led by inspiring role models

ABLEize

ABLEize has a huge collection of theatre and arts clubs for special needs children and young people.

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They deliver magical, memorable, multi sensory experiences for children and young people with moderate to profound learning difficulties as well as those with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Find loads of other dramatic possibilities

Use our directory to find lots of organisations to play with.

Dance

Dance classes are great fun, great exercise, and a great way for your child to make new friends. It’s wonderful, too, to watch your child express his or herself independently. From wheelchair dancing to dancing lessons for teenagers with learning difficulties, there are plenty of opportunities around – you’ll find links here to get you started.

A good example is ActOne ArtsBase. They run vibrant, all-ability dance, theatre and arts projects all over Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. They make the performing arts accessible to all, regardless of disability or circumstance. http://www.artsbase.org.uk/

A lot of dance classes for disabled kids get unique funding, so are one-offs lasting a few weeks at a time. Contact you local authority disability officer and local special needs schools to make sure you’re kept in the loop and don’t miss out. You may find that some local mainstream dance classes can support your child’s needs.

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Anjali Dance Company enables people with learning disabilities to achieve excellence, provides positive role models and encourages the integration and inclusion of people with learning disabilities in the Arts and in society. Their innovative and pioneering work has created a radical new perspective for contemporary dance.

Anjali also has a successful youth dance company, Young Anjali, and a unique Education and Outreach team of dancers with learning disabilities who teach and lead workshops.

Candoco Dance Company is the contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

They have learning projects and activities we provide access to the highest quality of work for people participating in contemporary dance for pure enjoyment, or as part of a developing career.

Dance your way to loads of other performances

Use our directory to find lots of other ballet and dance organisations.